The Post Roe Ire of the Global Woke
The European Union passed a resolution in July condemning the recent United States Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization on a vote of 324-155. The radical left-wing leaders of this effort called abortion a “fundamental right” and proudly proclaimed the EU’s resolution sent a message that would “resonate worldwide.” The resolution’s call to action was not contained to the European sphere, instead, the EU called for overturning restrictions on abortions in certain states, openly endorsed the egregious Women’s Health Protection Act and called for the EU and its member states to fund U.S. abortion advocacy groups.
The EU’s resolution is a recent and highly public example of a larger trend in which supranational bodies dictate to the United States what is acceptable within the “rules based international order.” Defenders purport the “rules based international order” is a beacon for promoting self-governance, respect for the rule of law, and “human rights.” The reality is the “rules based international order” only tolerates a relativistic and progressive set of “rules,” dictated and enforced by unaccountable international elites. Abortion on demand and at the cost of taxpayers are an example of the “rules” of this so-called “order.”
The EU wasn’t the only international body to weigh-in on the abortion decision. It was reported by Politico that diplomats at the recent NATO summit in Madrid openly shared opposition to the SCOTUS decision at a closed door dinner with Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Never mind the new forever war taking place in Ukraine, the invasion taking place at the U.S. southern border, or the looming existential threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party. No, the greatest security priority worthy of discussion is apparently condemning any protection of the unborn.
This is further justification of the decline in NATO’s utility for Western security. NATO’s preoccupation with U.S. social and cultural policy should add fuel to the American taxpayers’ desire for Europeans to shoulder more of the cost to secure the continent. It is also indicative of what the rules based order, to which NATO is apparently essential, has become, and its defenders must answer for that.
The tendency for international governing organizations (IGOs) to treat their “guidelines, standards, and statements” as law applicable to all nations is contrary to the U.S. system of government. The EU resolution’s numerous references to United Nations entities including the World Health Organization, the Human Rights Council, and the United Nations Population Fund suggests that the dicta pronounced by these bodies should somehow function as law in the United States.
While there are plenty of activist U.S. diplomats that would relish such a utopian world, fortunately the U.S. Constitution would not allow “international law” agreed to by unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats to prevail without explicit action by Congress.
The EU also made numerous assumptions on how the lives of American women would be affected by the overturning of Roe v. Wade without accurately explaining what legally changed as a result of Dobbs. Put simply, the decision in Dobbs returned decisions on abortion policy to the states as opposed to allowing Supreme Court precedent to act as law. The EU resolution claims Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey “guaranteed the constitutional right to legal pre-viability abortion in the US.” The EU’s characterization completely misunderstands the concept of precedent and the practice of stare decisis.
As the majority opinion in Dobbs notes, “Stare decisis plays an important role and protects the interests of those who have taken action in reliance on a past decision…But stare decisis is not an inexorable command…Some of the Court’s most important constitutional decisions have overruled prior precedents. (See, e.g., Brown v. Board of Education).” Reliance on “international law” and errors in properly understanding domestic law exemplify the sloppy relativism and blatant disregard for sovereignty the EU and other supranational entities seek to impose around the world.
The nauseating displays of pro-abortion advocacy and anti-Americanism by the EU and NATO in response to the Dobbs decision showcase the power to pressure wielded by the global woke. It is indicative of a long, tangled, and unrestrained web of deference given by the United States to the international community at the expense of the unalienable rights enshrined in our founding documents and the values at the core of the American ethos.
The corrosive consequences of such subservience to the international order are not just nasty speeches and radical resolutions. Rather, it is the weakening of the United States as a world power militarily, economically, and socially by eroding any room on the world stage for national culture and values. This destruction of American values is a gateway to a progressive woke-based international order, an America lacking resolve, and an open door for China to reign as the world’s superpower.
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