He’s at it again. Texas Governor Rick Perry isn’t satisfied with his legislation to force women to have an unnecessary ultrasound where they would be forced to listen to the fetus’s heart beat. Now he has revealed his end game agenda of eliminating all rights to abortion in the state of Texas.
Perry told lawmakers that he wants more anti-abortion legislation in the 2013 session. He is quoted by News 4 WOAI as saying he wants to “make abortion at any stage a thing of the past.” Apparently Rick Perry has no respect for the law; respectfully the federal law of the land, Roe v. Wade, which specifically trumps all state law seeking to make abortion illegal. It’s also apparent that Perry wants to impose his very personal religious moral objections to abortion onto the citizens of Texas despite our First Amendment to the Constitution, which, by the way, also trumps any law that is created from a particular religious point of view.
Perry and his legislators seem to want to ignore recent polls that show 70% of Americans are overwhelmingly in favor of protecting and keeping Roe v. Wade intact.
Whether or not a person believes in abortion, it should be kept legal to protect women from the perils of the old days of dangerous back-alley procedures that resulted in not just the abortion, but death of the women who were not properly treated in qualified, sanitary conditions. It should also be protected for those women who have ectopic pregnancies (and other medical conditions) that result in the endangerment of the life of the mother. To say “God will decide” is to impose a person’s religion onto those who may not welcome it or believe otherwise, a clear violation of our First Amendment.
Abortion should be legal in the cases of rape and incest. To force a victim to carry a pregnancy to full term and possibly care for that child for the rest of its life while being reminded daily of that unfortunate incident is punishing the victim twice over. Finally, abortion should be legal for any woman who decides that she is not ready, not able or unwilling to become a parent. That decision should be between that woman, her doctor, and her God is she so believes.
Rick Perry’s attempt to disguise his blatantly misogynistic agenda by saying he cares about the life of the fetus can be debunked when looking at past legislation he advocated and signed into law. Where was Rick Perry’s care and concern when he cut $4 Billion from education while paying out incentives and bonuses to big oil businesses that came to Texas? Where was his care and concern when he said he would not expand Medicaid under the ACA and would, in fact, seek to shrink it and even end it, effectively leaving hundreds of thousands of Texas’ children without coverage? Where was Rick Perry’s concern for the health and well-being of children when his legislators pushed to defund Planned Parenthood, a clinic that educates women (many still in their teens) on contraception and provides necessary health screenings for breast cancer and cervical cancer? And finally, where is Rick Perry’s respect for the sanctity of life when he has encouraged and allowed the killing of native burros by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Division so that Big Horn Sheep can be brought in for himself and his cronies to shoot for sport?
Indeed. Rick Perry has a very personal agenda that has nothing to do with the will and well-being of the residents of Texas. His “the horse is already out of the barn” approach is all wrong. Instead of trying to make abortion illegal, he and lawmakers should seek ways to make it as obsolete as possible by promoting programs that educate teens about sex and sexuality; promote classes that teach sensitivity training to young men and self defense to young women; by continuing to make birth control affordable and always legal; and finally, by strengthening laws that hold men responsible for the children they help conceive because women don’t get pregnant on their own, yet they carry most, if not all, of the burden and blame.
Abortion is legal and federally protected. It is not a decision that should be made legislatively by any man; Paul Ryan or Rick Perry. It is a very personal and difficult decision that some women find they have to make and no one should make it any more difficult than it already is. Banning abortion would create a national health crisis that would actually cause increased medical costs when complications arise requiring expensive treatments; complications that could have been prevented with first, education, and second, legal medical treatment. This short-sighted view on abortion would hurt, not help women, and would place undue burden on tax-payers in the long game.
Women who agree should take a moment to fire off a short note to their state representatives letting them know that they want to keep abortion legal and in tact in the state of Texas.
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