Comment: A revealing moment in Texas –


By John Krull

INDIANAPOLIS — With their attack on reproductive rights, the Texas Conservatives have clarified a few things.

John Krull, Editor,

The new law that right-wing radicals at Lone Star State pushed through – and the US Supreme Court has unreasonably allowed to stand for now – represents an attack on both the law and the precedents. .

It also shows that they mean little, if at all, of what they say.

And it shows that they have no respect for women and their abilities to make informed and rational decisions about their own lives and health.

First of all, a little background.

This new Texas law prohibits abortion after the sixth week, even in cases of rape and incest. He also instructs every resident of the state to report and prosecute anyone – the woman, her doctor, a friend who lends money to a woman for the procedure, a member of the clergy who takes her to the clinic – who lends her money to a woman for the procedure. ‘helps to have an abortion after the sixth week. The person denouncing the poor woman and those who help her stand up to collect a bounty of $ 10,000.

In practice, this new law invalidates Roe v. Wade.

Many women do not know they are pregnant for more than six weeks. Most don’t know if they are until at least four weeks have passed, and abortions often cannot be performed so early.

This means that these jihadists in Texas have decided that they know more about what is good for a woman and her health than her doctor.

Let his family do it.

That she does.

What makes this so offensive is that these same people are the ones who are arguing that they shouldn’t be forced to get vaccinated or wear a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19, regardless of the damage that their refusal causes life and health. others.

Their reasoning for refusing to prevent other people from dying?

“My body, my choice.

But they don’t extend the same kind of logic – or protection – to women.

This blatant double standard clarifies at least two things.

The first is that the people in the anti-reproductive rights mob who are also in the anti-vaccine and anti-mask mobs are not pro-life at all. If they were, they would be eager to save the lives of the people who walk and breathe now.

The second is that these people are really, really, really threatened by women and don’t like women. Their goal is less to preserve life than to restrict the choices women can make. The thought that women might be able to control their own bodies and their own destiny frightens them into almost exponential hypocrisies.

Their frequent protests of devotion to the doctrine of limited government are not the least of these hypocrisies.

Not only does this latest attack on privacy illustrate this point – how can one view a limited government that has the power to make the most intimate personal decisions for individuals?

Indeed, Texas has made every citizen opposed to reproductive rights an unchecked and unconstrained law enforcement official. This dramatically expands the reach and power of government – and does so in ways that are unlikely to be controlled.

What is stopping anti-abortion fanatics from making false reports? What penalty or sanction will they incur? Where is the responsibility that the Conservatives so often claim to appreciate?

This new law, sloppy and petty as it is, could turn out to be one of those pivotal points in American history.

He’s likely to motivate female voters, including those in suburban battlefield districts, to continue to walk away from the Republican Party, no matter how much they agree with the GOP on other issues. If they aren’t allowed to own their own bodies, then the promises of tax cuts may not mean so much to them – if they’re willing to believe the conservative promises, that is.

It will also increase pressure on President Biden and Democrats in the US Senate to reform Supreme Court nomination procedures and expand the size of the court.

But these possibilities are on the road.

In the short term, this new Texas law reveals some truths about the so-called pro-life conservatives.

In short, they are not pro-life.

And they are not conservatives.

John Krull is Principal of the Pulliam School of Journalism at Franklin College and editor of, a news site powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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