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?
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)