The supreme court is poised to tell all American women that the government, in their name, has control over their bodies. The court has never told men that the government has control over their bodies—I wonder why not….
One can be against abortion and in favor of Roe vs. Wade for this obvious reason: Roe vs. Wade does not demand or propose that any woman at any time or anywhere get an abortion.
Roe vs. Wade is not really about abortion. It is about preventing the death of pregnant women who choose, a choice between each woman and her doctor and/or partner and counselor or others—to have an abortion.
There are many reasons for having an abortion, from rape and incest (both of which happen far more frequently than our legislators or media admit), to knowing that one cannot carry on one’s obligation to one’s present family if one brings a new child into the world, to pregnancies that put the life of the mother at risk, etc. etc.
Allowing abortion and guaranteeing its safety to the mother is the role of the State. So too is working to make life livable enough, especially for single mothers, that abortions can be minimized.
You so-called experts and lovers of the Constitution dressed up in black robes, tell me this: Where in the Constitution does it give you the right to tell women what to do with their bodies? Please name the chapter and verse. I missed out on that.
Furthermore, the non-stop effort to deny women the right to an abortion that has dominated the far-right’s agenda for decades in America is championed on the Supreme Court by two fellows whose previous record is not exactly stellar in treating women with respect. One-third of the men on the Supreme Court have been accused of sexual harassment, one by a former colleague who testified twenty years ago; the second, Judge (“I love beer”) Kavanaugh, by a serious person who dared much to tell of his having raped her as a teen-ager. We now know for a fact that the FBI’s rushed effort to explore that accusation during his nomination hearings was aborted by political gamesmanship.
* See Matthew Fox, “Moving Beyond the Abortion Fixation: Some Theological Context,” in Conscience: The Newsjournal of Catholic Opinion, vol. xli—no. 2, 2020, pp. 24-28; or www/consciencemag.org.
For St. Hildegard of Bingen on patriarchy, see Matthew Fox, Illuminations of Hildegard of Bingen, pp.122-126;
and Matthew Fox, Hildegard of Bingen, a Saint for Our Times, pp. 12f., 17f., 25, 28, 60, 132f., 145, 154, 159.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
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Queries for Contemplation
Do you agree that the so-called abortion debate has been misnamed? Can we reframe the discussion, since it is not really about abortion, people make abortion decisions from their consciences. Roe vs. Wade is about caring for those who have made a decision to end their pregnancy so that the least amount of suffering is endured.
Illuminations of Hildegard of Bingen
An introduction to the life and work of Hildegard of Bingen, Illuminations reveals the life and teachings of one of the greatest female artists and intellectuals of the Western Mystical Tradition. At the age of 42, she began to have visions; these were captured as 36 illuminations–24 of which are recorded in this book along with her commentaries on them.
“If one person deserves credit for the great Hildegard renaissance in our time, it is Matthew Fox.” – Dr Mary Ford-Grabowsky, author of Sacred Voices.
Hildegard of Bingen, A Saint for Our Times: Unleashing Her Power in the 21st Century
Matthew Fox writes in Hildegard of Bingen about this amazing woman and what we can learn from her.
In an era when women were marginalized, Hildegard was an outspoken, controversial figure. Yet so visionary was her insight that she was sought out by kings, popes, abbots, and bishops for advice.
“This book gives strong, sterling, and unvarnished evidence that everything – everything – we ourselves become will affect what women after us may also become….This is a truly marvelous, useful, profound, and creative book.” ~~ Andrew Harvey, author of The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism.