It appears our economy is sluggishly pulling out of what has been called the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression. It has been a difficult few years for Americans, and it would have been nice had the party that swept the elections last November focused its attention on the recovery. Instead, it has chosen the past few months to focus on a woman's right to an abortion.
Through March 31, legislators introduced 916 measures related to reproductive health and rights in the 49 state legislatures, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Included in that, of course, is the measure signed by our own Gov. Jan Brewer on April 2.
Our leaders in Arizona have found it prudent that women seeking an abortion view an ultrasound and hear the heartbeat of the fetus before going through the procedure. These people are all about protecting the fetus until it's born. Then if it needs a transplant, WIC funding or an education, it's just not their responsibility to assist in those areas.
As a man, this is a difficult conversation. It's not my body or my life, so my input should be limited. But too many men out there believe it's their place to determine what should happen to a woman's body.
I would absolutely love to see the elimination of abortions. It would make the world a much better place if there were no need for the procedures. Legislation to get them to disappear in not the answer. How are those anti-murder laws working for us?
Unfortunately, yelling at women to not have abortions doesn't fit in with any real-world scenarios. There have always been accidental pregnancies, and there will be many more. Can we really expect a 15-year-old girl to raise a child?
Having sex is natural, and it's what we do. If we were to believe the world's population grew from just two people at the beginning, that's a whole lot of sex being had over the years.
We put teenagers on high school campuses that hold 1,000 to 2,000 kids for most of their days. Then we ask that they ignore the sexual tension that runs rampant throughout the schools. Do we really ask they ignore the very nature of their beings?
No matter how hard and diligent a parent is in preparing their sons and daughters about the dangers of sexual relationships, it is always a possibility it could happen. It's very hard to predict how someone will react when they are in "love."
The most dangerous aspects of these recent pieces of legislation are that there is no consideration for women in cases of rape or if a pregnancy is dangerous to the woman's health. We have to trust women to make proper decisions regarding their bodies and lives. Those are theirs, not ours. Being a society that wants to control any group of people for any reason is appalling. It's an area we shouldn't be sticking our noses.
If we continue down this path to legislate abortion out of the public light, the only option will be a return to the back-alley abortionist. Is that what we want to do to women?
There are no simple answers to the abortion issue. The only way to eliminate them is through education. Our society needs to understand that preventing pregnancies is the only way down this path. If you think I'm talking about abstinence, you're fooling yourself.
We need to stop getting our feathers ruffled when we hear that our kids have access to condoms and other pregnancy prevention devices. Those places that provide this kind of access are not promoting sex; these places are preventing pregnancies.
Now is the time to be proactive in this area. Our country should set up a national database of those who believe abortions should be outlawed. A woman could then approach those in charge of the list and state she can't raise a child without any questions asked. Those who are against abortion would have to be available to adopt at least one child. If the woman states she would love to raise the child but fears she can't afford to do so, those on the list would have to be available to financially support the child until adulthood.
If that doesn't sound reasonable, we can turn to science. We could have our national scientists develop an ingredient to put in water that would prevent a boy from being able to impregnate a girl and a girl from getting pregnant. When men and women prove they can be responsible for the care of a child, then they would be removed from that water supply, drink regular water and be allowed to start a family.
Ridiculous? I concur.
Now to all the anti-abortion zealots: Can we get back to business?
I know some people who need jobs.
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