JACK STEVENSON: The Sperm Lobby

JACK STEVENSON: The Sperm Lobby
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By Jack Stevenson. May 31, 2019. PENSACOLA, FL — Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote that a “state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory [for democracy].” The mad scientists have delivered.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jack Stevenson is retired.  He served two years in Vietnam as an infantry officer, retired from military service, and worked three years as a U.S. Civil Service employee.  He also worked in Egypt as an employee of the former Radio Corporation of America (RCA).  Currently, he reads history, follows issues important to Americans, and occasionally writes non-exclusive commentary for Blowing Rock News.


Throughout most of human history, women have typically been second-class citizens. Now, the sperm lobby, exemplified by the legislatures of Alabama, Georgia, and Missouri, seem determined to ensure male dominance of women.

The sperm lobby seems determined to ensure male dominance of women.

Those legislators have adopted laws requiring females to give birth even in cases of rape or incest. The time allowed for abortion by those laws is too brief to be exercised. One state adopted criminal penalties for women who engage in the practice. That, of course, cannot stand because, currently, women have a constitutional right to abort a pregnancy. Another state made it a crime for a doctor to conduct an abortion. This type of draconian legislation would essentially give male sperm sacred status. It is also hypocritical. Most assuredly, males have insisted that a pregnancy resulting from an illicit relationship be aborted to protect their reputation, their marriage, or to avoid support payments.

These laws were apparently written with the belief that they will be appealed and will give the U.S. Supreme Court an opportunity to overturn women’s constitutional right to abortion. The Supreme Court decides which cases it will hear. The court may or may not review the constitutionality of one or more of these state laws. The U.S. Senators who seat nominees on the Supreme Court often try to select a future justice who is sympathetic to the senators’ political persuasions. However, once seated, Supreme Court justices frequently adopt a very professional view of their responsibilities. Fortunately, most justices are not reliably partisan.

A law does not eliminate demand for a service or a product.

Polls taken during the past three years indicate that from 60 to70 percent of Americans believe that the constitutional right for women to abort a pregnancy should be retained. The hierarchy of the Catholic Church is adamantly opposed to abortion. Six of the nine U.S. Supreme Court justices are Catholic. That places those six justices in an unenviable position.
Elimination or severe restriction of abortion rights would have serious consequences. Legislators need only review what happened when the sale of alcoholic beverages was prohibited by a constitutional amendment in 1920. It was a disaster, and the sale of those beverages was legalized again only 13 years later. A law does not eliminate demand for a service or a product. If the demand cannot be met legally, it will be supplied illegally. Abortion, illegally provided, yields health problems. Health care may not be available if something goes wrong. Health insurance certainly will not cover the procedure.

The abortion issue is divisive. It arises, again, at a time when our nation is already seriously splintered over other issues. It arises at a time when our foreign competitors are gaining momentum when our potential enemies are building their military strength and attempting to infiltrate our electronic systems.

Those who are attempting to impose their views on everyone by legal means are also challenging the laws of nature. Nature will win.

About The Author

As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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