"My husband controls my uterus." Copyright © Austin Cline.
Regarding today's title, they didn't really, but they might as well have.
It doesn't matter where you stand on the issue of abortion, what does matter are the words. And these are the words:
"the government may use its voice and its regulatory authority to show its profound respect for the life within the woman."
I'm not making these words up. I know about words. I know about their power and impact and their nuances, too. There is nothing nuanced in the words of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, quoted above.
These words clearly mean that all pregnant women are the carriers of state property and that the state may dictate and police policy regarding the care and feeding of that state-owned property, come hell or high water. It also flat out states that what the woman is carrying is "life" which I've always defined as something that actually lives on the face of the earth, not something that's still sub-dividing in a flesh-lined Petrie dish.
I know this one sure thing ... I am NOT privy to the circumstances surrounding every pregnant woman's decision regarding the life FORMS she carries within her, nor am I privy to GOD'S DIVINE PLAN which, presumably, includes the exact moment at which a life FORM gets a soul.
But apparently Co-Gods and Supreme Court Justices Kennedy, Alito, Scalia, Thomas and Chief Justice Roberts, are privy to both.
May They Bless Themselves!
Oh, wait, that's right. They already have.
(p.s. I still believe that it's a woman's right to choose.)