GOP REP. MARY MILLER CALLS ROE DECISION A “VICTORY FOR WHITE LIFE”
By Akin Ojumu
Congresswoman Mary Miller, (R-Illinois), speaking at a rally Saturday night with Donald Trump, called the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade a “victory for white life.”
“President Trump, on behalf of all the MAGA patriots in America, I want to thank you for the historic victory for white life in the Supreme Court yesterday,” she said, drawing cheers from the crowd.
Call it a gaffe, a Freudian slip, or whatever. A gaffe is when a politician inadvertently says something publicly that they privately believe is true but would ordinarily not say because it is politically damaging. Rep. Miller spoke the truth at that rally. She said out loud the real motive behind the obsession of the right-wing conservatives with a woman’s reproductive health.
We all know the ruling is not about abortion; it only uses abortion as a pretext to something much more sinister. These people don’t care about the abortion or the unborn child. We know this because of their opposition to government social-welfare programs that help the child after birth.
These people are against Obamacare which provides health insurance to all Americans. They are against Medicaid, a program that supports the poor and low-income families. They are against Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the government-assisted food program for families who can’t afford it, they are against low-cost housing programs for the poor, and they are against government funded public schools where the child can receive free education. At the same time, they want to flood American streets with all types of guns that can be used to cut the life of the child short.
In a May 2014 Politico Magazine article, Randall Balmer took us down the memory lane of the road the evangelical movement took to reach this their current anti-abortion stance. Before abortion became their cause celebre, Balmer painted a picture of a religious right who couldn’t care less about women’s reproductive health.
“When the Roe decision was handed down, W. A. Criswell, the Southern Baptist Convention’s former president and pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas – also one of the most famous fundamentalists of the 20th century – was pleased: “I have always felt that it was only after a child was born and had a life separate from its mother that it became an individual person,” he said, “and it has always, therefore, seemed to me that what is best for the mother and for the future should be allowed.””
Abortion have not always been the cause célèbre that it is now to the conservative movement. In fact, it wasn’t until 1979 – a full six years after Roe – that evangelical leaders, at the behest of Paul Weyrich, the late religious conservative political activist and co-founder of the Heritage Foundation, seized on abortion not for moral reasons, but as a rallying-cry to deny President Jimmy Carter a second term. Why? Because the anti-abortion crusade was more palatable than the religious right’s real motive: protecting segregated schools.
The anti-abortion movement is a ruse for racial segregation, and it has its origin in the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision of 1954 which desegregated American schools.
Paul Weyrich, said as much. “The new political philosophy must be defined by us (conservatives) in moral terms, packaged in non-religious language, and propagated throughout the country by our new coalition,” Weyrich wrote in the mid-1970s. “When political power is achieved, the moral majority will have the opportunity to re-create this great nation.”
The Roe ruling is the first step in the grand plan of the radical conservatives in America to roll back every other civil right that Americans enjoy today. The Roe row is what the MAGA crazies want to use to take America back to the 16th century.
Their vision of America is one where white and black people live in separate neighborhoods, attend separate schools and churches, and black people sit at the back of the bus. They want to make inter-racial relationships and marriages a crime, legalize slavery and slave ownership, and send black people back to the cotton field.