Lynn Fitch: The woman who could end Roe v Wade

By Karen A. Walker


BBC News dubs Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch “the woman who could end Roe v Wade.”

Foes of common sense and those opposed to a culture of life attack her

The Atlantic attempts to shame Fitch for her pro-life leadership, writing “…if we’re going to blame anyone for the potential loss of this fundamental American right, I suggest we star with the woman who petitioned the Supreme Court to review Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization: Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch.”

For those of us with common sense, not to mention those of us with serious faith in a Creator, it is obviously neither “right” nor “a right” to kill the most vulnerable and innocent of human beings, including an infant, born or unborn.

The Atlantic continues, explaining in mock horror, “Fitch has said that overturning Roe will ’empower’ women.”

KML-PC, a Catholic CPA team

The Atlantic continued, “She [Lynn Fitch] explained it to a Catholic television network this way: ‘Think about this—the lives that will be touched, the babies that will be saved, the mothers who get a chance to really redirect their lives…”

The Atlantic calls this gem of common sense “doublespeak.”

How can common sense be “doublespeak”?  Hmmm… Common sense could be perceived as “double speak” only if one’s mind is so overrun by nonsensical platitudes and agendas that it cannot do what it was made by our Creator to do, namely, to think clearly and to be anchored in First Principles common to all humans.

We are more fundamentally “equal” than many pro-death pundits realize

The most obvious of fundamental truths is that—like it or not—we have each been formed in our mother’s womb, even the writer of those absurd comments at The Atlantic, even the politicians and confused Catholics who claim that there is “a right” to abortion, to killing the human growing in the womb.

Interestingly, none of these self-proclaimed liberators of humanity seem sufficiently self-reflective to acknowledge that had THEIR mother had an abortion, THEY would not be around to preach such nonsense to us!

What about Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch?

As the BBC reports, “The case, Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, centres on a Mississippi law that would ban abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, even in cases of rape or incest. Under Ms Fitch’s direction, the state asked the Supreme Court to uphold the law and slash the landmark Roe v Wade decision in the process. A ruling is expected this month. A leaked draft suggests it is likely that Mississippi’s ban will be upheld, paving the way for other states to also outlaw abortion.”

KML-PC, a Catholic CPA team

Fitch argued that overturning Roe v Wade would be “game-changing”, “uplifting” women by eliminating what she described as a false choice between family and career.

“Fifty years ago, for professional women, they wanted you to make a choice. Now you don’t have to,” Fitch, a mother of three, said on Pro-Life Weekly. “You have the option in life to really achieve your dreams, your goals, and you can have those beautiful children as well.”

A sharp lawyer, with both business administration and juris prudence degrees, Lynn Fitch is the first woman to serve in the role as Mississippi Attorney General, and the first Republican to do so, since 1878.

Previously, Fitch served as the State Treasurer of Mississippi from 2012 to 2020. In this office, she targeted state debt, expanded access to financial education in the state, and advocated for equal pay laws.

The abortion ban now before the Supreme Court was passed by Mississippi’s state legislature in 2018, two years before Ms Fitch took office as Attorney General. The law, which bans abortions outright after 15 weeks, was immediately challenged in court on behalf of Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Mississippi’s last abortion clinic.

A federal district court struck down the ban, saying it was unconstitutional. This decision was upheld by a higher court in 2019.

But in June 2020, five months into the job, Attorney General Fitch petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to review the 15-week ban. The court accepted and heard the case in December of last year.

Now, she’s known nationally as the lawyer expected to topple Roe v Wade, according to BBC News and others.

The common sense of Fitch’s arguments against Roe v. Wade

As the BBC puts it, Fitch has said her state is merely making an argument for the rule of law: asking the Supreme Court to turn over abortion policymaking to the states. But more often, she says the case is about women’s empowerment.

Roe v Wade, she has said, made women believe they had to pick: family or career, not both.

“The court in Roe pitted women against our children, and woman against woman,” she wrote in a Washington Post op-ed.

The choice is misleading and paternalistic, argued Ms Fitch. It’s an position seemingly drawn from her own life: a single mother who has ascended to the highest levels of state office, while remaining devoted to her children and grandchildren.

 

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