The Law of Unintended Consequences

In the philosophy of the absurd, there is a fundamental principle called the Law of Unintended Consequences. This principle holds that people become so focused on one immediate and/or personal concern and don’t consider other possible outcomes of their actions.

I address this in the aftermath of Roe v Wade being overturned because I fear we’re about to see the LoUC operate on steroids in the coming months and years.

Alito’s opinion holds that because “abortion” isn’t spelled out in the Constitution, it’s not a Right. Unfortunately for us, there are a lot of things the Constitution doesn’t spell out. Based on his opinion, a few Rights no longer exist. There is no right to medical care. There is also no right to marriage, for anyone. There is no right to housing, unless you are the property owner on which the house resides. There is no right to police or firefighter support. And we can add many more, but I think this secures the point.

The short version of this would be that the states would decide which, if any, of these “rights” you would retain.

Some will say, but wait marriage isn’t affected, but you would be wrong. In Thomas’s opinion, he mentions that the SCOTUS decisions that secure gay marriage, birth control, and mixed-race relationships and marriages should be revisited. What’s that? Oh, yes, he conveniently left out that last one. I’m sure it was just an oversight on his part because his opinion does suggest any SCOTUS decisions granting rights not specifically spelled out in the Constitution should be left to the states to decide.

And for those questioning medical treatment, a decision released earlier that week held that your medical insurance doesn’t have to pay your bills. This means it would be on you and the hospital to decide how to proceed. Since many hospitals already require payment up front for those without medical insurance or procedures not covered by insurance, you would have to pay before hand for anything not affecting life, limb, or eyesight. Hang on, rereading the Constitution, limb and eyesight aren’t mentioned so an emergency would only be something that could cost your life.

So, in the aftermath of the Roe v Wade celebrating, I hope the supporters of the decision are adjusting their personal budgets and savings plans because shit’s about to get expensive. On second thought, your savings plan better be based on a mattress plan versus a bank plan since the bank isn’t Constitutionally obligated to save your money.

And for the “Christian” nationalists that are celebrating the Roe v Wade overturning, be sure to circle this day on your calendar. Other Christians should too. Because when actual Christian persecution comes to the U.S. this is the date of the first domino falling that leads down that path.