Forced Pregnancy: A Crime Against Humanity

A history of Roe v. Wade in the context of its impending reversal.

The United Nations lists forced pregnancy as a crime against humanity in Article 7.1.g of the Rome Statue of the International Criminal Court. If you like our content, please become a patron to access both our premium episodes and our public episodes ad-free.

Forced pregnancy is listed near murder, enslavement, and the crime of apartheid. An abortion ban is forcing women to be pregnant and give birth. A sexual violence component is linked to this crime: in this case, that component is obliging a rape victim to carry a pregnancy to term and give birth. 1

The leaked Supreme Court draft opinion overturning Roe Vs Wade is not only an attack on women’s rights. In some states, it will also be a ban on IUDs, condoms, and even a ban on medications used for treating ectopic pregnancy and miscarriages. Women will have less access to medical services such as cancer screenings and the Papanicolaou test. Raped young girls will be forced to give birth. The same will apply to incest and cases where the pregnancy risks to the mothers’ life. Plan B even would be prohibited, the morning-after pill could trigger a murder charge. Even countries like Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia have more liberalized abortion laws. 2

In some US states, the abortion laws are already insane:

In Alabama, the penalty for getting an abortion after you are raped is more severe than the penalty for raping someone.

Some pharmacists in Texas are ALREADY refusing to fill prescriptions to treat ectopic pregnancies or miscarriages as some of the drugs used in those cases are also used for abortions.

And outside of abortion, Texas has also implemented a "loyalty oath to Israel" requirement for state employees including school teachers that is working through the courts. 3

We also discuss Jane Roe aka Norma McCorvey, Linda Coffee, Sarah Weddington, Gloria Allred, feminism, Matt Gaetz, “overeducated”, and the fact that it was Republicans like Nixon and Reagan who first passed abortion laws. We discuss the Supreme Court Republican nominated Justices: John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barret.

We hear about abortion bans in Ceausescu’s Romania, then explain how racism and the Green v. Connally decision are the root of the American anti abortion craze via a man named Paul Weyrich and Jerry Falwell. Bob Jones University and its founder claimed that racial segregation was mandated by the Bible. Then we discuss the separation of church and state, and Jimmy Carter’s election details in this context. We also address the foster system and state of social services in the US. We discuss the senate vote on codifying Roe vs. Wade as well. 4

We look at the countries that rolled back abortion laws in the last 20 years: El Salvador, Nicaragua and Poland.

1. Crimes Against Humanity. United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention. 

2. Adrian Horton. "It's ot a Little Child": Gynecologists Join the Fight Against Six-week Abortion Bans. The Guardian. April 2019. 

3. Jacey Fortin. She Wouldn’t Promise Not to Boycott Israel, So a Texas School District Stopped Paying Her. The New York Times. December 2018. 

4. Randall Balmer. The Real Origins of the Religious Right. Politico Magazine. May 2014. 

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