Friday, June 16, 2006

Ohio is joining South Dakota...

The crazy conservatives are at it again!! This time in Ohio. An abortion ban has been preposed which will ban all abortions for all females at any time, even in cases of emergency to save a woman's life, in the great and sovereign state of Ohio. No questions, no consulations, no considerations for anyone, period. I'm utterly disgusted.

The bill's sponsor, State Rep. Tom Brinkman (need I mention that he's a Republican?), would rather play politics with his constituents' lives than get serious about preventing unintended pregnancy... because of course he's against another proposed Bill in the Ohio State House that would expand the availabilty of contraceptives to the women of Ohio. ::rolls eyes:: He doesn't find this in the slightest bit ironic.

Anyway, extremists in Ohio hope this ban will become a "wedge" issue that will get right-wing voters to the polls in November. National attention is the best antidote to these underhanded tactics can you imagine mainstream Americans supporting a bill that could make it a crime to save a woman's life by performing an abortion? I'm hoping that such issues will actually polarize the right evenmore and get moderate and liberal voters to the poles in record numbers to vote against the crazy conservatives... but this could be wishful thinking on my part. All I know is that any and every time I'm presented with an opportunity to cast a ballot, I'll be casting a ballot! Never let it be said that I take my right to vote, participate in government and shape public policy for granted. No siree!

I recommend checking out the Planned Parenthood Action center page to see what you can do to help out with fighting this ban.

Do not make the mistake of believing that if such a ban passes in Ohio that it will stop there. The rights of women and all persecuted minorities will be chipped away at until there is nothing left unless everyone stands up and objects to such laws when they are first proposed. The South Dakota ban flew under the radar until it was too late. Don't let that happen again!

K... off my soap box...


Favorite Apron said...

Or alternatively, "the rights of babies and of all unborn who can't speak for themselves will be chipped away at until there is nothing left. "

I don't know why wanting to save helpless babies who can feel pain from being murdered makes me an extremist.

I hope you mature in your views.

From, a hopeful Ohioan.

Rachael said...

Okay... Alternatively, you could say that... but here's what I think:

First of all, I highly doubt that a fetus can feel anything before the end of the first trimester. According to the American Pediatrics Association, the nervous system is not even fully functional until more than a week after birth in full-term babies...

Secondly, unborn children have not begun to live yet. They are not, in my opinion, the more valuable life. The life of the pregnant woman is more important. It is, in my opinion, her choice whether or not to go through with the pregnancy. If yes, then wonderful and more power to her, but if not, then she has a right to terminate that pregnancy for any reason, most especially in cases of rape, incest and when her life would be in danger if the pregnancy were to continue... All three cases are not allowed for in the proposed Ohio law. (And, yes, I think a relative value *can* be placed on life. *I* would never lie to myself by thinking otherwise, "terrible" or not. Would you not kill another human being to save your life or the life of your child or another loved one? I bet you would if you could...)

Furthermore, outlawing abortion is not the way to stop abortions from happening, any more than outlawing guns would end crime. It never was and it never will be. All outlawing abortions will do is kill or leave sterile more women who are desperate enough to get back-alley abortions, kill women who are not healthy enough to go through with pregnancy, leave emotional scars on others who are not prepared in other ways, and increase the number of children who are abandoned in dumpsters, abused in loveless homes, and dropped on society at large to take care of in the foster care system which is already swamped with too much to do with too little resources. The only way to *reduce* (because, since the beginning of time, abortions and infanticide have happened. I'd never lie to myself by thinking that it will stop happening and I know it certainly will not stop through legislation) the number of abortions is by making birth control of all types more available, educating adolescents with *accurate* and *complete* information concerning sexual activity, making the health care system better, and reforming society at large to be more responsible concerning sexual activity (in and out of marriage). No one wins by legislating morality. You have to reform morals socially, not legislatively. It is the only way such things ever truly change.

And to respond to your patronizing, holier-than-thou closer, I hope *you* mature in *your* views, and wake up to how human society works, why and by what methods it changes over time... but I can tell you, I won't be holding my breath.

To everyone else, don’t let fear of my ire stop you from commenting. It rarely will be this severe if a comment draws it at all. I don’t enjoy being addressed as if I were an ignorant or misguided child in need of schooling. There are few things that make me angrier faster… especially when it is done in my own home or on my own blog.