The question is not whether Roe v. Wade is moral, nor if it is flawed. The question is if it had been ratified not only by the courts but by the people many times before in the past 50 years.
As expected and with no surprise justice Samuel Alito today deliberated that Roe v. Wade was a “flawed decision from the start” with the opinion that it should not have been the law in the first place, after deliberating two days earlier the opposite view on gun control.
The Supreme Court on Friday, June 24 overturned Roe v. Wade, effectively ending recognition of a constitutional right to abortion and giving individual states the power to allow, limit, or ban the practice altogether.
The question is not whether Roe v. Wade is moral, nor if it is flawed. The question is whether it had been ratified not only by the courts but by the people many times before in the past 50 years, which brings me to the coercion of American Democracy.
What we are seeing today is the grip of power by authoritarian figures, corrupted politicians, and self-interest, as mentioned before, coercion happens when loss of power is in sight.
The republican party had seen it coming since the 2006 election when their best candidate and the most predominant figure in the party lost the election against the antithesis of their values, Barack Obama.
Since then, the movement to recover political ground has been only one path, the distortion of social values, the demonization of the democratic party, and the attack on liberal values to rally a minority base.
However losing the next elections on the popular vote was enough to create a call to action, a plan that Mitch McConnell himself architected to take hold of the judicial power, the first step towards an authoritative regime as history had shown.
This began with the massive appointments of federal judges all over the country and the obstruction of the same appointment by the opposition party, the obstruction of justice Merrick Garland as McConnell’s biggest batch of honor.
Coercion is the act of obstruction or distorting one perception under false notions, otherwise convincing people that the system is flawed, this is followed by the election of the yet most radical president for social issues in modern America.
But the real victim is the democracy, this effort had left the door open for reversing many other issues that benefit American progress, as well as the creation of a minority rule country, leading towards an authoritarian grip on power.
Many people vote for temporary issues in mind such as inflation, as a big example, justifying long-term decisions that affect not only society but economics in the long term such as abortion and climate change, if you ask me, I call it the epidemic of short-sightedness.
At least 80% of Americans supported and accepted Roe v. Wade as the law of the land, 54% of American believe climate change is a real economic and current issue for humanity, 64% of Americans today support gun restrictions, 48% of Americans voted against Donald Trump and 45% in favor in 2016.
The principle of democracy is representation and inclusion, even when we are not the winners, we must accept the outcome, which tells me today, that many Americans do not believe in democracy. It is up to us to take back our rights and become the center stage of the new political movement against tyranny.
Women’s rights are human rights.
Carlos Tagliafico is a political and international relations analyst who graduated from Florida International University (FIU). He has co-founded several pro-democracy organizations that have reached the highest positions within the U.S. Government, working on the application of sanctions against non-democratic governments.