America has already decided on the issue of abortion. In Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court declared that ending a pregnancy is a legal act in our country.
Nobody loves the idea of abortion; most proponents of the practice probably ascribe to Bill Clinton’s succinct desire:
Abortion should not only be safe and legal, it should be rare.
Abortion is a worst-case scenario. For every ended pregnancy, they are plenty of “ifs.”
Perhaps, the potential parents should have had safe sex, but accidents happen. Perhaps, the child should be given up for adoption, but with nearly 400,000 orphans in America, that is not a viable option.
Perhaps, the parents should keep the child, anyway, but as a 20-year-old, I can’t imagine being able to give a child anything close to a decent life.
But, despite the long-standing Supreme Court decision, the Republican dominated Congress is still trying to change the US abortion policy.
Looking to impress March for Life activists coming to Washington today, Republicans whipped up a bill that would ban all abortions after 20 weeks and mandate that rape victims must present a police report before ending a forced pregnancy.
The proposed bill is nauseating, but this law wouldn’t lessen abortions, it would only make them more dangerous. There will always be pregnancies people want to end.
The protesting outside of clinics and restrictive legislation simply push terrified young people away from the sanitation of a doctor’s office and toward less savory practices.
If this procedure is going to happen, the young woman should be in a secure location when she makes the hardest decision of her life. We can’t stop abortions; we can only make them safe.
Thankfully, the bill collapsed in the late hours, when even Republicans grew uncomfortable with the language of the proposal, especially the clause about proving rape.
But, for Republican Congress members, a victory had been achieved. This bill was an exercise designed to make them look busy.
Our government has decided its stance on abortion, and trying to split hairs is a waste of time. There are far more pressing matters in the United States today than this already-resolved issue.
There has been no federal action regarding the rising demands of curbing police discrimination and brutality. People have flooded the streets demanding a change, and none has been made. The fervor has died down a little bit, but this won’t last long.
As long as police officers are able to act with impunity toward citizens, this problem will continue. We are showing the first symptoms of becoming a police state, and our leaders have prescribed no remedies.
Our education system is a depressing clusterf*ck. For decades, our worldwide ranking has slid further down the list.
We have the most powerful economy and military in the world, but we’re 30th in math, 23rd in science and 20th in reading.
Our public schools are an obstacle course for talented students attempting to reach college, an uncaring controller of average students, and a pipeline to prison for troublemakers.
Speaking of prison, we have the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world by far.
We have 5 percent of the world population and 24 percent of the incarcerated population. Including parolees, and those on probation, one in 32 Americans is held by our criminal justice system.
This high rate comes from a few factors our government can control. They can end the War on Drugs which has been a massive waste of time, money and people for no tangible results. They could lessen prison sentencing for these drug crimes so fathers, brothers and sons aren’t sent away by the busload.
They could end prison privatization which makes it profitable to imprison as many people as possible for as long as possible.
They could set up programs in drug-dealing communities to offer a sensible solution away from the glamour of dealing that isn’t a dead-end job at a fast food chain.
Bans on gay marriage and pot could be lifted. Roads and bridges could be fixed. Our climate policy could get tougher. And, dozens of other issues could be tackled, but they won’t be because Republicans have tied up Congress’ time with this unnecessary bill.
Republicans and the people who elected them are not concerned with these issues because they either are not affected by them or they profit from them.
These leaders are doing exactly what they were elected to do: keep a country with many ailments exactly the way it is.