So why did Congress intervene then? Because some members of Congress ardently anti-abortion unintentionally assumed this case as a way to burn their pro-life credentials. Leaving aside the fact that the case was clearly a state and judicial matter, these members advanced anyway, federalism and the separation of powers would be condemned.
A private law, Terri’s Law, was enacted in record time. I was one of five House Republicans to vote against this invasion and blatant federal exaggeration. The view of this debacle manifested itself for the American people, horrified by the fact that Congress was intervening in such a painful and personal family dispute, which had been completely litigated and resolved in the courts.
Republican Congress approval ratings suffered as a result and the Terri Schiavo case may have contributed to the Republican Party losing control of both the House and Senate in the 2006 midterm elections.
Which leads me to Texas law that prohibits abortion for about six weeks, once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. Like Terri Schiavo’s intervention, Texas law is extreme and completely superior. Prohibiting abortion at six weeks, when most women do not know they are pregnant, with no exceptions for rape or incest, is problematic enough. But providing $ 10,000 prizes to citizens if they successfully sue anyone who helps women access legal medical services seems like a sinister Orwellian invasion of privacy.
Congressional intervention in the Terri Schiavo case offended the sensibilities of many Americans. Texas law will do the same. When ideological zealotism outweighs common sense, expect an opposite reaction.
As one of the last two pro-election Republicans to serve in the House of Representatives, we may have been an atypical value with the House Republican Party Conference, but not with my constituents and the American people. Throughout my life, I have witnessed the Republican Party’s persecution of women (and men) who are moderate and pro-party.
Yes, while many Americans are in conflict with abortion and are willing to accept some restrictions or limitations on issues such as public funding or parental notification, most want abortion to be legal in most cases. the circumstances. This problem began in 1980 with the admired Ronald Reagan who, as a presidential candidate, opposed the rights to abortion and the amendment of rights for equal rights and incorporated these views into the Republican platform. as a way to get evangelists and voters against abortion stronger under the GOP Umbrella. It should also be remembered that, as governor of California, Ronald Reagan signed one of the most permissive abortion rights laws in the country.
The change of the Republican party on this issue came at a political cost and the party lost many voters. My late aunt, Mary Dent Crisp, resigned in protest of platform changes as co-chair of the Republican National Committee during the 1980 GOP Convention in Detroit. He warned then that there would be real political consequences for the Republican Party if it turned its back on the amendment for equal rights and reproductive rights of women. He was right 41 years ago, as the gender gap in Republicans (especially suburban women with college education) continues to worsen.
But back in Texas, the state legislature believes they will be rewarded by removing the rights granted under Roe v. Wade. What they have provided Democrats with is a golden opportunity to drive the gender gap to epic proportions. Democrats currently have a huge chance of maintaining their narrow majority in Congress in the mid-2022 election, and the Texas Republican Party has handed them an issue that they will surely arm in any competitive district the Republican takes into account.
Republicans in Congress should be offensive and put Democrats up to the heft of the massive $ 3.5 trillion reconciliation expense and the surrender of Afghanistan to the Taliban. Instead, Texas Republicans have put the GOP on their toes. Talk about snatching defeat from the hands of victory.
During my nearly 14 years in Congress, I was always surprised that some members wanted to constantly beat the drum on abortion policy. It seemed to me firmly that there was no winning result, and so it was best to leave the subject alone as much as possible and focus on issues related to bread and butter most relevant to the lives of Americans. common that are not fixed on intractable social problems. .
Defunding Planned Parenthood, which requires mandatory transvaginal ultrasounds for women exercising their reproductive rights, opposing embryonic stem cell research, supporting laws on early conception and constitutional amendments, and banning abortions prior to feasibility. capitals across the country during my nearly 28 years of elected service. None of these issues were ever popular nationally, nor did it ever win political problems.
One might think that after the disastrous intervention of Congress in the Terri Schiavo affair, some people would have learned their lesson by not putting their face back on the stove.
Credit – https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/05/opinions/texas-abortion-republicans-dent/index.html