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US abortion reversal shows dangers of mixing religion, state and ...


US abortion reversal shows dangers of mixing religion, state and politics

The decision shows the danger of religious fundamentalism and its exercise of control over women is eerily Taliban-like

Songezo Zibi

I love history, a lot. I think the knowledge thereof is important, including seemingly little or insignificant kinks in what might otherwise be a long, overarching journey through time. It is by plotting those little kinks that we get to appreciate the colour and nuance of each era within that story, and develop a much better understanding of what we may be dealing with in the present, and how we navigate same in the future.

In the light of the long-expected and predictable decision of the US Supreme Court to remove a woman’s right to make personal and medical decisions about her own body, by overturning the 1973 decision of the same court to install that same right in a case called Roe v Wade, I had intended to write about the history before and since that decision. Each of them matters.

That decision gave women in the US the right to abort a pregnancy as an integral part of the right to privacy. The court has now decided that is no longer the case, setting off a frenzy of protests and commentary in that country. Roe v Wade was the culmination of a long history of litigation, with the Griswold v Connecticut decision probably being the most significant jurisprudential precedent before the 1973 Roe v Wade decision. In that case, the court decided that contraception was part and parcel of a woman’s right to privacy...

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