The Right to Privacy: Where Republicans Fall Flat

Ryan S. Walters | @ryanswalters73

On Tuesday a Florida judge, Chief Circuit Judge Charles Francis, blocked a state law that would require a 24-hour waiting period before a woman could get an abortion. The law was set to go into effect July 1. In his order the judge reasoned that the law placed an additional burden on a woman’s “right to privacy,” which is the right conjured up by Roe v. Wade to provide the right of choice.

An attorney for the Center for Reproductive Rights, Autumn Katz, said this about the ruling: “Women are fully capable of making thoughtful decisions about their lives, families, and health care, and this ruling will keep them from being second-guessed or delayed by politicians who presume to know better. We will continue to fight this demeaning law until the courts permanently strike it down and ensure no Florida woman is ever forced to wait for purely political reasons to get the health care she needs.”

These opinions on privacy pervade every single issue involving abortion – it’s about a woman’s right to privacy, a decision that is to be made by her and her doctor alone with no outside interference by anyone at anytime. Not by protestors, for they must stay away from abortion clinics by court decision. Not by politicians, who should not get involved with such a private and delicate matter.

As we’ve heard leftist politician after leftist politician say again again, government should stay out of our bedrooms and out of the doctors office.

But have you noticed this is the only time privacy ever matters, or really ever exists, especially to the Left? There’s only privacy to kill an unborn child, and yes that’s what an abortion is.  The whole notion is absurd on its face and not a real right, only a faux right.

Yet, although there is now a “right” to privacy to kill an innocent child, there is no privacy when it comes to other health choices. With Obamacare, rest assured we are going to have bureaucrats making all kinds of healthcare decisions for us, even about life and death. Where are these passionate defenders of privacy on this issue?

Or how about with the NSA, whose agents monitor our private lives on a daily basis? They look at our phones, computers, and whatever else they want to see, and all without a warrant, as required by the Fourth Amendment. Not to mention spying by drones. Where is the Left on this one?

What about the TSA? We certainly no longer have any privacy at an airport. We must submit to the dictates of these agents, some of which have been caught sleeping on the job, stealing from passengers, have criminal records, and who seem to derive great joy from watching us be physically groped and humiliated in some cases. Hello, anyone?

How about the IRS? Do you think you are safe from their clutches? No, your tax records and papers are subject their prying eyes as well, anytime they want to see them. Another clear violation of the Fourth Amendment.

So privacy only exists now as a “right” to kill an unborn, unwanted child. And we wonder why our nation is in such a sad state and looks as if the judgment of Almighty God is raining down on us. That’s because it is.

But in the political realm, why do Republicans not argue these points? Why not challenge the Left on this hypocritical issue? Why continue in the manner of cowards? I’ve yet to see a single Republican fight back on this issue.

When Hillary, Obama, or any feminist fanatic starts the “women’s right to privacy” argument, then Republicans should counter with these questions: If such a right exists, why does it not exist with other health choices? Why does it not exist with the operations of the NSA, the TSA, or the IRS? Why does a “right to privacy” only cover the murder of an innocent child?

You will find that they have no answer to these questions at all and will only tie themselves into pretzels trying to wiggle out of it. So give the Left just enough rope and they will hang themselves every time, particularly on this vitally important issue.

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Comments

  1. David Frazier says:

    Hey Ryan: Notwithstanding tte best efforts over the last 50 years, the Christian Collectivist Community has lost all of the cultural and legal battles since Roe v. Wade. I know that the anti-abortion folks prefer to refer to a fetus as–“an unborn child”. However, that is a misnomer. The word “child” infers “personhood”, and as you and other members of the CCC know, a fetus does not hold the distinction of being a “person” as a matter of law in any of our 50 states. Therefore, a fetus has no rights under the law.

    On the other hand, a woman’s fundamental right to reasonable abortion health care services is axiomatic as a matter of law pursue to the 4th, and 14th Amendments. But why is that so? Although the phrase “right to privacy” is nowhere in the Constitution, the Supreme Court has repeatedly held that it is inferred or implied throughout the 4th Amendment. We can all agree that the purpose of the 4th Amendment is to protect the individual against “unreasonable searches and seizures”. With respect to the 24 hour waiting period to obtain an abortion, just like any other search, the Court must weigh how the intended benefits are offset by the invasion of privacy in order to determine what is “reasonable”. I have not read the Florida decision, but it is hard to imagine that any woman who travels to a clinic to undergo an abortion procedure will need an extra mandatory 24 hours to consider the matter further in order to make really, really sure that she wants to go through the abortion procedure. Therefore, unless the state is able to articulate a compelling state interest to justify the delay, it would appear that Judge Francis was correct in his ruling that the 24 hour waiting period rule creates an additional “unreasonable” and undue burden on “a woman’s right to privacy” when seeking abortion health care services.

    On the other hand, you are right on point in the deafening silence within the GOP where the “right to privacy” is being abused. NSA, TSA, NIS, FISA, FEMA et al. should give all of us pause. We are indeed fortunate that there are some congressional watchdogs who are aware of these potential abuses. Even though Senators Paul, Lee, Sanders, and Cruz don’t accuse President Obama of abusing his office with the improper use of these agencies, who is to say how these agencies could be misused if the White House were once again controlled by another psychopath like Dick Cheney, Lyndon Johnson, or Richard Nixon in order to obtain political gain.

    • Southern Belle says:

      Hey David. Jeremiah 1:5 clearly say “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee….” Sounds like a person there to me.

      • David Frazier says:

        Hey Belle: Thanks for the thoughtful reminder. However, America is a secular democratic republic, not a theocracy. On the other hand, if you want to America to operate like a theocracy based upon the tenants of the Old Testament, take a good look at the Islamic Republic of Iran–no freedom of religion, no freedom of speech, no freedom of association, no equal rights for women, no right against unreasonable searches and seizures, no right to privacy, no right to bear arms, no right to confront your accuser in a court of law, no right to trial by jury, no right to due process or equal protection under the law, no right against cruel and unusual punishment, and no protection of civil liberties and property rights pursuant to the rule of law. Rather, their social/legal system (like under the Laws of Moses) follows the dictates of their “divinely inspired” Qur’an, whose authority over all aspects of daily life may not to be questioned by anyone.

        Remember, that Jeremiah and the other OT “authors” were simple Bronze Age sand dwellers, goat herders, and camel jockeys who lived in a world dominated by ignorance and superstition. They had no concept of science. Therefore, any alleged “divine pronouncements” that Jeremiah or any other prophet of the times might have made are meaningless and irrelevant to the English/American rule of law. To be sure, Western culture has been influenced by its Judeo-Christian tradition, and that culture has influenced many aspects of the law. For the most part, that has been a good thing. However, being “influenced” by certain religious principles, is not the same as being “bound” by them. America may be a “Christian” nation in many of our beliefs and principles, but we are nevertheless a very secular nation when it comes to our society at large and implementation of the rule of law. And that is a great thing.

        As we approach the founding of our nation, Americans of all beliefs can be thankful that the Founding Fathers established a secular democratic republic where each of us have the freedom and liberty to be the person who we were “born to be”, and to live our lives as we choose without an overbearing State forcing us to live according to the dictates of a Great Lord Protector.

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