Disability Party has a position on abortion that some people find problematic. It is important for everyone to understand why this political party would limit the reach of Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), which was the landmark case recognizing abortion as a constitutional right.
Abortion is not the only right in the U.S. Constitution. There are rights against discrimination under the Equal Protection Clause and of course there are civil rights statutes flowing from constitutional authority given to Congress. The state and federal governments of the United States are prohibited from depriving a person of life, liberty, and property without due process of law. Life comes first, before liberty.
Disability Party does not disagree that there is a right to an abortion and does not disagree with the general principle. However, such a rule must have exceptions for good reasons. Those reasons include racist choices, ableist choices, misogynist choices, and so on. In other words, a woman should not be able to kill her fetus simply based on that baby falling under a civil rights category she opposes.
We find a similar argument in employment law. The underlying principle is that an employer can fire someone for any reason or no reason and this is called employment “at will”. We have moved well beyond that principle to ban discrimination in employment and firings based on a wide variety of civil rights categories enshrined in civil rights laws. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, (www.eeoc.gov) enforces these prohibitions on discrimination and retaliation.
The EEOC lists the areas where discrimination in employment is prohibited. “Unfair treatment because of your race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.”
You see these categories of civil rights protection in employment and housing and public benefits, all over the place. The one place these civil rights have not been applied is life itself before birth. One example of this principle being applied to abortion was struck down by a Court of Appeals that is out of its mind and has always been against disability rights. This bizarre court behavior is why I asked for the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to be abolished as unconstitutional. Straw v. United States, 18-5247 (D.C. Cir. 2018). Courts protect each other and I was not able to get my relief even though I was 100% correct.
Disability Party had this position before the State of Indiana did.
We should not be Nazis. The Nazis sterilized people and aborted their children if they fell under certain disfavored civil rights categories that we protect today. This was also known as the Murder of the Handicapped.
To reject Nazism and Eugenics, one must reject everything the Nazis did and stood for. Americans lost many lives in WWII and they fought against the evil that was Nazism. I believe when we think of Nazi policies killing disabled babies, we should remember the sacrifices Americans and the Allies made to destroy that evil regime. I look to Saving Private Ryan and the invasion of Normandy.
Disability Party also opposes Nazism and will always be against abortion that is done to kill someone based on their civil rights categories. There is no absolute freedom to abort just as there is no absolute freedom to fire someone. Civil rights and disability rights override those freedoms because sometimes a wicked freedom is morally unjustified, just as other crimes are simply prohibited wicked freedoms.