By Rev. Clenard H. Childress, Jr.
Nationwide — WE THE PEOPLE, are losing the battle of public opinion and thus find ourselves unable to influence legislation. This has to end. Polling often suggests one opinion of the public, and then legislation created by our representatives reflects something quite different. The recent ruling by the Supreme Court reveals the necessity to inform the public and be in the public square – in the Free and Open Marketplace of Ideas. It also exposes the lack of accountability of the court due to a weak and feckless Congress and Senate. Thomas Jefferson’s words are unquestionably prophetic, for he said:
“The constitution, on this hypothesis, is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary, which they may twist and shape into any form they please . . . . Independence can be trusted no where but with the people in mass…”
No matter where you stand on the Abortion issue, we should all be able to agree that the health and safety for women should be paramount. The court now superimposes their ideology, not based upon constitutional law, but ideological opinion often absent of conscience and practicality.
Upon understanding the majority of the court’s state of mind, we then see clearly how they can strike down a law which was supported by those on both sides of the argument as legislation to protect and secure the well being of women. The public needs to ask the obvious question: ‘Why is it that this physician cannot get admitting privileges by the hospital?’ Why? Because the hospital’s determination finds this person a liability and there is a high probability the physician could bring about a malpractice suit against the hospital. The doctor is questionable and not worth the risk. Where are all the women’s groups when it comes to the standard of service for these predominately minority women who are being subjected to abortions below hospital standards? Where is the outrage and the cry of ‘racism’ for the often deplorable conditions – remember Kermit Gosnell…? – and substandard conditions for minority women?
Planned Parenthood says it’s a victory? …Incompetent physicians in substandard conditions without admitting privileges from local hospitals operating and serving women of color… Where is the NAAACP?