Another day has passed, and with it, more people continue to lash out at the thought of Roe v. Wade being overturned if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is successfully appointed to the Supreme Court.
Lauren Sandler, an opinion columnist for HuffPost, argued Thursday that Kavanaugh is unfit to be a Supreme Court Justice because of his “desire to strip women of agency and give our men de facto power of attorney over our bodies, ourselves.”
She argues throughout her piece titled “Brett Kavanaugh Will Probably Give Evangelicals Exactly What They Want” that appointing Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court will put the rights of women across the country at risk.
Sandler notes that Kavanaugh is a “thriving alumnus of President George W. Bush’s administration,” which apparently means he believes that the “source document for understanding the rights of Americans is not the Constitution, but the New Testament.”
She asserts that those within that administration “best understood the vigorous political power of cultural conservatives,” and that Kavanaugh, alongside other evangelical conservatives, believes that “their beliefs be honored as the rule of law.”
Sandler goes on to argue that these same conservative Christians use the New Testament to force women to submit to their husbands and gain complete control over their wombs.
“His stance on my right to determine my own fertility, and thus my own future, is obvious,” she claims.
According to Sandler, the evangelicals that form the base of the Republican party believe that gender roles derive from a single Bible verse, the commonly misinterpreted Ephesians 5:22: “Wives, submit to your husband as to the lord.”
“This means women are not to be trusted,” Sandler writes. “We do not know our own minds. It is the men in our lives who must draw the shape of our futures and govern whether we grow, birth, suckle and raise children. They must be our sponsors.”
Of course, any believer with a decent grasp on scripture knows that Ephesians 5:22 is not a restrictive verse, and there is an entirely different meaning behind “females do not know their own minds.” To submit to one’s husband is a parallel of how the church is to submit to Christ.
Still, Sandler argues that the alleged message of Ephesians 5:22 is seen throughout “two most relevant cases to Kavanaugh’s — and our — possible future relationship to Roe v. Wade.” She then claims that the only thing that matters to conservative Christians is “how Kavanaugh interprets the prudence of precedence.”
Sandler also argues that the entire reason Kavanaugh was nominated was to “strip women of agency and give our men de facto power of attorney over our bodies, ourselves.“
Sandler points out that many pro-life groups, or as she calls them, “anti-choice groups,” have backed Kavanaugh’s nomination, including the Federalist Society, Concerned Women for America, The March for Life and Students For Life.
She calls The Federalist Society a “group that wants to throw human rights back to the feral back alleys of the states,” when in reality they work to teach students of law how to learn an originalist interpretation of the Constitution.
Sandler also argues that if Roe v. Wade gets reversed, “it would create two separate classes of women of childbearing age: ones who can legally plan their families, and ones who can’t.”
“Or to conservative Christians,” she adds, “‘those who live under the righteous dominion of a husband, and those who don’t.'”
Sandler posted her article to Twitter with the caption, “Welcome to a future where husbands may rule the womb.”
— Lauren Sandler (@laurenosandler) July 12, 2018
As Sandler’s sensational and biblically illiterate piece demonstrates, the fear-mongering surrounding Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination appears to only be ramping up.