Jan 04

Roe v. Wade

Are you familiar with that landmark case? The Supreme Court heard the case on abortion. It decided that a right to privacy under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment extended to a woman’s decision to have an abortion, but that right must be balanced against the state’s two legitimate interests in regulating abortions: protecting prenatal life and protecting women’s health. The Court deemed abortion a fundamental right under the United States Constitution, thereby subjecting all laws attempting to restrict it to the standard of strict scrutiny.

AND in so doing sort of divided the country into pro-life and pro-choice camps.

Fast forward to 2014, some 40 years later. Hobby Lobby the giant crafts store chain has filed a suit referred to as Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius. There are something like 40 such suits, that seek an exemption from the requirements of “Obamacare” under religions freedom considerations.

We’re not going to argue the pro-life or pro-choice issues. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. There is also a ton of misinformation regarding the Hobby Lobby suit. The owners of Hobby Lobby, the Greens are fundamentalist Christians. Their issues are not some ply by a large employer to avoid the cost of health care. They close their stores on Sunday so families can spend time together, Hobby Lobby has purchased ads encouraging people to “know Jesus as Lord and Savior.” They are the real deal! The other thing to know is they offer health plans that include coverage for contraception, the sticking point for them is Plan B or Morning After pills.

Their belief is that life starts at conception. Obamacare regulations require that coverage include plan B drugs, as the administration sees that drug as a form of contraception, not abortion.

We don’t know enough about the drug or even the fundamental Christian beliefs to argue any point, but what we can say is that conflicts arise out of our belief systems. Not that we want to say either is right or wrong. YOU can, we don’t know enough to make that judgement here. But you can see how the folks that drafted the law took into consideration Roe v. Wade. The complications surrounding the case are substantial. Are corporate employers allowed freedom of religion? You’ll never see a “corporation” in a pew at your local church. The list goes on and on.

What happens, is that we create bias based upon our beliefs. Regardless of whether you are pro-life or pro-choice, or maybe you don’t even care! There is still bias that is created by your belief system. You have to know that both sides of that debate, believe their position is correct.

Bias isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it can be when it’s not recognized. The Greens, like many fundamental Christians believe that life begins at conception. They will view all aspects of life and then what is a woman’s body or not, based upon that belief and bias. Folks who agree with the Supreme Courts “viability” argument, have a different belief system and bias.

It exists in all aspects of our life and NONE of us is exempt. If you are human, you’ve got some biases.

Luckily for situations of law, we have a complicated system of appeals that attempt to rectify the issues that are created within our flawed systems. Even the Supreme Court justices are categorized as liberal or conservative, because of their belief systems.

As you look forward into your 2014 contest selections, it would be wise to understand the biased nature of judging and the bent of each contest you are thinking of attending. NONE is without bias, but you’ll want to choose the judging biases that fit your style of riding.

We didn’t mean to take up this whole post with that! But we did. Perhaps Monday we’ll get back to our super thick skimmer build!

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