In its Alinsky-school zeal to craft every issue as an extremist lie, the far left has abandoned facts and truth completely. Rebecca Balint recently claimed that “the word gay is being banned in schools,” which is the left’s lie to rephrase parental efforts to halt controversial gender indoctrination in schools. What she stated is a blatant falsehood, unchallenged by her ideological media allies. But this is a modest deception compared to the hoopla over the appeal of Roe v. Wade.
Vermont’s far left would have voters believe there is a “threat” to the “right” of Vermont women to have abortions — one absurd post that made the rounds on Facebook suggested women will now die of ectopic pregnancies for lack of treatment. The result of this anarchic abandonment of facts is a loss of public trust in institutions like the Supreme Court — because of dogmatic politicians like Balint who supplant truth with absurdities.
Though subsequently modified by Casey (now also reversed by Dobbs), the Roe Court essentially tried to implement a Solomonian resolution to arrest the nation’s growing controversy over abortion. But this was an errant function for the Court, venturing into legislating.
One jurist who agreed that Roe was extreme was Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who stated in a 1992 speech that Roe “fashion[ed] a regime blanketing the subject, a set of rules that displaced virtually every state law then in force.” Justice Ginsberg claimed Roe represented an “extreme mode of court intervention in social change processes.” In her astute criticism of the Roe Court, Ruth Ginsberg foreshadowed the 6-3 Dobbs decision.
Referencing Vermont’s extremist abortion laws, Dobbs noted that Roe had usurped the normal democratic process for resolving important conflicts:
Americans continue to hold passionate and widely divergent views on abortion, and state legislatures have acted accordingly. Some have recently enacted laws allowing abortion, with few restrictions, at all stages of pregnancy. Others have tightly restricted abortion beginning well before viability. And in this case, 26 States have expressly asked this Court to overrule Roe and Casey and allow the States to regulate or prohibit pre-viability abortions.
The far left dishonestly claims Dobbs is an extremist action by a minority of far-right conservatives, but the opposite is the case — Roe was extremist activism that seeded conflict by its failures. It is thus understandable why Alinsky extremists are outraged: their extremist Roe decision has been swept aside and democracy restored — now the states have to work it out, or the nation via a federal law.
Vermonters’ ability to kill babies in the womb up until birth has never been more guaranteed — the one ruling that might have hurt them was Roe v. Wade because it recognized fetal personhood at viability. But Vermont’s extremists refuse to acknowledge fetal personhood, and thus pregnant women here whose unborn children are killed by domestic abusers or impaired drivers have zero recourse. Even though some 80% of Vermonters oppose late-term abortions, the minority has prevailed to continue performing them, and seeks to memorialize this in Proposal 5, which would extend this “right” to minors as well as grant them the “right” to publicly-funded hormone conversion therapy at any age.
Extremists are now vandalizing the State House of the jurisdiction that still represents the most extreme pro-abortion legislation in the nation, if not the world. The histrionics are pathetically false in Vermont — this is the State House that has repeatedly rewarded these rabid protesters with “rights” to kill viable babies and leave them dying on the table. The scene of vandalizing public buildings in Montpelier is akin to BLM burning black businesses, or climate protesters who pollute more than most anyone. No one is coming to Vermont post-Dobbs to protect Vermont’s unborn; perhaps Vermont’s far-lefters should drive down to Mississippi and its State House.
Vermonters are not as stupid as these people assume. The issue for November in Proposal 5 is not how to preserve the abortion procedure which is throroughly shielded under existing Vermont law. Proposal 5 is a Trojan Horse of other so-called rights. Vermont’s extremist progressives are willing to lie shamelessly to deceive people from simple factual and legal truths. Proposal 5 is obscene. Roe was extreme. Dobbs is a return to constitutional normalcy.
John Klar is an attorney and farmer residing in Brookfield. © Copyright True North Reports 2022. All rights reserved.