The originality and ingenuity of the activist response to the runaway train Roberts court in overturning Roe v Wade has been both personally gratifying, as well as inspirational.
MSNBC reported tonight on the last remaining abortion clinic left in North Dakota. They have up until July 28th to shut down their operations. They are literally a 10 minute walk across a bridge over the Red River from Minnesota. They are continuing to offer services while they move the whole goddamn thing barely across the river, offering their clients safe and secure services in another state.
Another group is putting together the modern abortion version of the old library bookmobiles, they are creating mobile abortion vans that they can park just across the state border of an anti abortion states, and provide both pharmaceutical abortions as well as surgical abortions.
The GOP and the Roberts court have no idea of the can of worms they’ve just opened. Technology is there to be mastered, and these groups are mastering it. I have often said that the GOP anti-abortion con was exactly that, a con, used to get donations and turn voters out to the polls. The GOP is the dog who finally caught the car, and now it’s about to run over them.
But here’s the best short term solution I’ve heard of yet. Take a look at a map. There are Native American reservations spread all over the United States, and wouldn’t you know it, a lot of them are in plains and western and southwestern states. And as sovereign nations, they are exempt from US and state laws. They are autonomous.
And that’s the plan. Rush the facilities and personnel into the reservations to turn them into abortion safe havens. Neither the states nor the SCOTUS has any control over how they conduct their affairs.
And it’s a win-win situation for the tribes. Because most people who come in to have surgical abortions are going to be staying at least one night. Let Native Americans build hotels, restaurants, and convenience stores in close proximity to the clinics. These will generate guaranteed income into the Native American communities. Allowing them to improve their own standard of life on the reservation.
Think I’m kidding? Let me clue you in. In southern Wisconsin, just outside of Milwaukee, is the Ho-Chunk tribal lands. They could be on the Fortune 500 list with the revenue from their tribal casino. There are daily scheduled Metra trains that run from Union Station in Chicago up to Milwaukee, with Ho-Chunk Casino vans waiting to take the gamblers to the casinos.
Not every reservation has population centers that make casinos a viable option. But especially in rural, red states, they can provide a safe haven that is a helluva lot closer than having to cross state lines to get an abortion. And in red states that try to ban interstate travel for the purposes of obtaining an abortion? They’ve got you covered. After all, you aren’t crossing state lines, you’re crossing into Native American tribal lands.
Is it a perfect solution? Of course not. But we have no way of knowing how long this will stretch out before justice is restored. But let me remind you of one thing. In the 1950’s, it took the US army less than a week to set up a full service Mobile Army Surgical Hospital behind the lines to treat injured soldiers. This is 2022. We can do this if the will is there. And if we let the Native American communities get the benefit of the fruits of their labors. The clock is ticking.