Numerous Military Women Approach MRFF for Assistance in Protecting Their Reproductive Health Against Extremist Christians within Their Respective Chains-of-Command

Published On: July 22, 2022|Categories: Achievements, News|5 Comments|

July 21, 2022

On June 24, 2022 the U.S. Supreme Court released its decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case which overturned the ‘settled law precedent’ contained in Roe v Wade (1973). 

The practical impact of the Dobbs decision:

The Constitution does not guarantee the right to an abortion, instead finding that while substantive due process under the Fourteenth Amendment may protect some unenumerated rights, it does not protect a woman’s right to choose whether to continue her pregnancy.

Justice Thomas joined the majority opinion in full but wrote separately to note his support for ending all unenumerated rights under the Fourteenth Amendment, including the right to birth control, private sexual acts, and interracial marriage. [emphasis added] (source:  https://www.findlaw.com/legalblogs/federal-courts/the-practical-impact-of-dobbs-v-jackson-womens-health/)

Thus, I agree that “[n]othing in [the Court’s] opinion should be understood to cast doubt on precedents that do not concern abortion.” Ante, at 66. For that reason, in future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell. [emphasis added].

(source:  https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/21pdf/19-1392_6j37.pdf)

On June 29, 2022, MRFF asked several salient questions and issued a statement:

What will happen to women in the military stationed in states where abortion is now illegal? 

What if her commander is an anti-choice fundamentalist Christian, as so very many are?

A fundamentalist Christian commander might not be able to deny the servicewoman leave, but what effect might it have on her career or treatment by that commander afterwards?

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Even if the Department of Defense prohibits commanders from denying leave to servicewomen to travel to another state for a legal abortion, all semblance of privacy will be out the window.   
MRFF Stands Ready to Help Any Military Woman Facing Retaliation for Seeking an Abortion in Our Post-Roe Theocracy

As a result of the Dobbs decision (…along with additional planned attacks on settled case law regarding reproductive health) and MRFF’s statement, 249 female members of the United States military from all 5 armed forces service branches and the Coast Guard contacted MRFF for assistance in the face of a clear and present danger of reprisal and retribution by their chains of command should they make arrangements for abortions, contraception, or other reproductive health care needs.  A representative client from this group of 249 emailed the following to Mikey on July 21, 2022:

From: (Active Duty Female Military Officer and MRFF Client’s E-mail Address Withheld)
Subject: 249 military women requesting MRFF’s representation
Date: July 21, 2022 at 12:15:01 PM MDT
To: Information Weinstein <[email protected]>

Mr. Mikey Weinstein and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation:

We want to thank Mikey Weinstein and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation for the several long phone conversations over the last week or so confirming that the MRFF will be accepting our newly formed group as a collective and, as needed, individual client for civil rights advocacy representation.  We presently comprise 249 female members of the United States military from all 5 armed forces service branches and the Coast Guard. We are mostly active duty with some who are on reserve and national guard status and some who serve as military branch civilians as well. Our members’ ranks span from flag officer to E-1.

We all have deep fears about our current rights and availability for reproductive health medical support in light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court case overturning Roe v. Wade. We fear reprisal and retribution by our chains of command should we make arrangements for abortions, contraception or any other reproductive health care needs. There are still so many unanswered questions here. And we know we will need MRFF’s help should we face either direct or indirect retaliation by our superiors if we elect to engage currently evolving resources to provide these often urgent medical needs.

We fully attribute this destruction of our basic human rights as women to such reproductive health care to the current climate of extremist Christian religious views. These misogynistic religious views permeate not only the Dept. of Defense and the Dept. of Homeland Security (Coast Guard) but our nation as a whole.

And for the record, 207 of our group of 249 military women are practicing Christians with the remainder from minority faith groups and non-faith groups as well.

Please do not share any of our identification information until such time, if ever, that any of our group’s members so request it.  We all admire and respect the advocacy that MRFF has consistently provided for so many years to blunt the advance of these extremist Christians and their sectarian agenda. They promote career-killing, anti-female attitudes and behaviors to the continued detriment of female armed forces members everywhere.

We will be in touch as needed, Mr. Weinstein and the MRFF. 
(Active Duty Female Military Officer and MRFF Client’s name, rank, job title, assigned unit and installation all withheld)

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  1. Christ is King July 23, 2022 at 12:08 pm

    The Nicene Creed:

    The Nicene Creed:

    I believe in one God,
    the Father almighty,
    maker of heaven and earth,
    of all things visible and invisible.

    I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
    the Only Begotten Son of God,
    born of the Father before all ages.
    God from God, Light from Light,
    true God from true God,
    begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
    through him all things were made.
    For us men and for our salvation
    he came down from heaven,
    and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
    and became man.
    For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
    he suffered death and was buried,
    and rose again on the third day
    in accordance with the Scriptures.
    He ascended into heaven
    and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
    He will come again in glory
    to judge the living and the dead
    and his kingdom will have no end.

    I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
    who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
    who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
    who has spoken through the prophets.

    I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
    I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
    and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
    and the life of the world to come.

    Amen.

    Hail Mary:
    Hail, Mary, full of grace,
    the Lord is with thee.
    Blessed art thou amongst women
    and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
    Holy Mary, Mother of God,
    pray for us sinners,
    now and at the hour of our death.
    Amen.

    Dear skeptics: Christ is true. Please repent. Amen

  2. Grey One Talks Sass July 23, 2022 at 5:59 pm

    To the commentator above,

    I’m not a skeptic. I’m a true non believer in the faith you call your own. Perhaps you can tell me the denomination that is the correct one because as an outsider it appears that Christianity has more flavors than Jelly Belly has flavors of jelly beans. What do I mean?

    Well, please, enjoy the greatest joke ever by Emo Phillips:

    Once I saw this guy on a bridge about to jump. I said, “Don’t do it!” He said, “Nobody loves me.” I said, “God loves you. Do you believe in God?”
    He said, “Yes.” I said, “Are you a Christian or a Jew?” He said, “A Christian.” I said, “Me, too!

    Protestant or Catholic?” He said, “Protestant.” I said, “Me, too! What franchise?” He said, “Baptist.” I said, “Me, too!

    Northern Baptist or Southern Baptist?” He said, “Northern Baptist.” I said, “Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist or Northern Liberal Baptist?”
    He said, “Northern Conservative Baptist.” I said, “Me, too!

    Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region, or Northern Conservative Baptist Eastern Region?” He said, “Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region.” I said, “Me, too!”

    Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1879, or Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912?”

    He said, “Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912.” I said, “Die, heretic!” And I pushed him over.

    There are as many paths to the light as there are souls even though there is one way. Do not assume what works for you works for all.

  3. Follower of Christ the King July 23, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    Atheists when they are stuck behind a car stopped at a green light with a bumper sticker that reads “Honk for Jesus”.

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  4. pamela July 24, 2022 at 2:52 am

    What is this long tedious comment above about? It has no meaning, and it is incredibly dull-witted.

  5. Grey One Talks Sass July 26, 2022 at 3:01 pm

    Pamela,
    You don’t like Emo Phillips?

    It is the greatest joke ever.

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