I am personally opposed to abortion. However, I am rather like a libertarian. While I was pregnant, I regularly attended La Leche League meetings and learned so much about mothering from the women. While I am opposed to abortion, it is also each person’s right to choose. Hillary Clinton says that abortions should be “safe, legal and rare.” In my opinion, it is a difficult, complex decision that each woman and partner must make.
An anti-abortion protester sits in front of the United State Supreme Court on June 25, 2012 in Washington, D.C.
The Supreme Court is expected to give its ruling on President Obama’s health care reform bill, the Affordable Care Act.
The UPI noted that “70 percent of U.S. residents do not want the landmark on abortion ruling overturned,” while the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that 54 percent of Americans remains in favor of abortion.
Rep. Cathrynn Brown introduced a bill on January 23rd that “would legally require victims of rape to carry their pregnancies to term in order to use the fetus as evidence for a sexual assault trial.”
[Rep. Brown] would charge a rape victim who ended her pregnancy with a third-degree felony for “tampering with evidence.”
“Tampering with evidence shall include procuring or facilitating an abortion, or compelling or coercing another to obtain an abortion, of a fetus that is the result of criminal sexual penetration or incest with the intent to destroy evidence of the crime,” the bill says.
Mississippi could become the first state with no legal abortion clinic, because the only remaining one is having trouble meeting the legal requirement on hospital admitting privileges. Arkansas, North Dakota and South Dakota have only one clinic each.
“When you’re the only provider in a state, you become a target,” Tammi Kromenaker, director of the Red River Women’s Clinic in Fargo, N.D., told MSNBC.
Abortion opponents point to polls that show most U.S. voters do not want tax dollars used for abortions.
Opponents of public funding for Planned Parenthood argue that funding for women’s health services such as physical exams and contraception frees up money to pay for abortions.
The anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List notes state and local funding for Planned Parenthood has been cut in Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.
The annual March for Life, in which tens of thousands of abortion opponents march from the National Mall to the Supreme Court, is scheduled for Friday. (from the UPI)
Personally, I am concerned about severe penalties. Rep. Cathrynn Brown wants to charge a rape victim who ended her pregnancy with a third-degree felony for “tampering with evidence.”
In my view, rape itself is a shattering experience. As I wrote this post tonight, I imagined what I would feel like if I had been raped. Had that happened to me, I would be bewildered, and my conscience would be troubled. What would I do in that situation? I simply do not know.
I trust that you will share your views on this difficult, sensitive topic.