The year following the overturning of Roe v. Wade, says one writer, “Americans have been forced to reckon with the utter disaster that has been created in the 20 U.S. states that have banned or restricted abortion access.”
Things are only getting worse, according to Mini Timmaraju, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America:
The stories we’re hearing from states with bans and restrictions are getting increasingly dystopian, straight out of, you know, horror movies and shows like ‘The Handmaid’s Tale. It’s crazy when stuff in fiction is happening in real life. It’s so much worse than any of us could have ever imagined.*
We ended yesterday’s DM asking: In whose world is this right to life?
Today I ask: In whose world is this justice?
Where did the impetus to take away this right come from? It is not from serious jurisprudence bent on the common good, but from religious ideology propounded by a fascist organization named Opus Dei whose handyman, Leonardo Leo, deservedly has now become a household name in America.
He is the one in the photo-turned painting with billionaire Harlan Crow in his backyard along with a certain Supreme Court justice. And in photos released this past week of another Supreme Court justice being feted big time by another rightwing billionaire whose companies had over 12 cases before the Supreme Court under his watch.
Leo is the one responsible for six of the most extreme right-wing members of this court. This Supreme Court does not represent America, 62 % of Americans want Roe v. Wade preserved. It represents the values of Opus Dei.
Jamie Manson of Catholics for Choice points out:
A crucial, overlooked fact about the Dobbs decision is that all justices that overturned Roe v. Wade are, or were, raised Catholic….It cannot be overstated: Anti-choice catholic forces are responsible for all the suffering.
This is a court not of justice but of injustice and not of “right to life” but “right to control the bodies of women.”
The ongoing revelations of judges cavorting at high flying resorts with highly political billionaires is gut wrenching. It shows in the judicial decisions they render. Women are losing their lives thanks to judges on this court.
Will misogyny ever end? Must women—and especially poor women—be collateral damage to religious zealotry?
See Matthew Fox, “Moving Beyond the Abortion Fixation: Some Theological Context,” in Conscience: The Magazine of Religious & Reproductive Freedom, www.catholicsforchoice.org, vol xli—no.2, 2020, pp. 24-28. Full article: https://www.catholicsforchoice.org/resource-library/moving-beyond-the-abortion-fixation-some-theological-context/
Also see Matthew Fox, Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul and Society
See also Matthew Fox, The Pope’s War: Why Ratzinger’s Secret Crusade Has Imperiled the Church and How It Can Be Saved
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: Protestors march past the Supreme Court in Washington, DC, to mark the one-year anniversary of the Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade. Photo by Harrison Mitchell on Unsplash
Queries for Contemplation
Susan Sontag defines fascism as “institutional violence.” Is a certain religious zealotry in bed with certain politicians contributing to institutional violence in our time?