This time I think President Obama got it wrong. I understand why he made the compromise he did—to avoid a religious-inflamed political battle. But I wished he hadn’t taken the road of compromise. In doing so, he’s done a disservice to women’s right to choose what happens to our bodies.
Right now, it feels like 1972 before the advent of Roe v. Wade. This ruling by the Supreme Court overturned a Texas interpretation of abortion law and made abortions legal for women. But at the heart of Roe v. Wade was women’s right to choose what happens to their bodies as backed by the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, which prohibits government from enacting laws that infringe upon a person’s right to the pursuit of life, liberty and property. “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”