Popular topics for political discussions all revolve the question of choice. People are happier when given more options in their decision making but laws still have to be set in order to prevent people from harming each other. The price, however, of living in a nation that allows the beliefs of different cultures and religions to exist is that we often have clashes over what we believe is best and lawful for our citizens. Recently, my home state of Texas signed into law a bill that prevents a woman from having an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Whenever I was asked the question whether I approve of that law my only response was “I don’t know.” Unfortunately, my response when it comes to whether abortion should be legal or not is still being formed. Read more
As a baby boomer, I grew up in an era where the only women who had access to safe abortions were the wealthy. They could fly somewhere and have it done and be back home before anyone knew they were gone. Women who did not have wealth were forced to use less safe methods to abort the fetus.
PBS has aired the show, Call the Midwife, for two seasons now. Watching that show, I have become a strong supporter of abortion rights. Please understand that I am not an advocate for abortions per se. Abortions are only one option that must remain available for all women.
If you want to see what life was like for women and their families before contraception and abortion was available to women, then you should watch this program. It is horrifying to watch. Yes, I know that abortions are horrifying too. But, so is cancer and stroke and kidney failure. Read more
Many years ago when I was but eleven years of age, I became a preacher. As a Pentecostal, I had a very strict belief system, which also affected my sermons. I believed many things were sin, even if the Bible never mentioned them, such as smoking for example; smoking was a sin to me, or at least that was what I was taught.
Like so many Christians nowadays, I really didn’t know the Bible that well. I could quote a few scriptures but those were scriptures that supported my particular belief system, even if they were taken out of context. Read more
I must tell you; even though I’m a liberal I do not support abortion. I’ll be clear; I don’t support the criminalization of abortion or even for government to get involved with abortion. What I do support is the government helping to end abortion in a way that will not compromise the rights of women and does not enforce edicts upon the physicians who perform abortions.
Government can create programs that can help women make better choices and find ways to make it much less expensive to adopt children.
I don’t believe government at any time should enforce laws upon women who find themselves in a bad situation but instead find ways to keep women from finding themselves in that bad situation. Read more
In the continual spread of assaults on women's reproductive freedom in the wake of the 2010 tea party movement, another state, Idaho, is legislating women receive unnecessary and invasive medical procedures prior to obtaining abortion.
This is part of an unprecedented effort at the state level to restrict reproductive rights, and in 2011 a record number of these measures have passed. Read more
In a debate on the floor of the Georgia State house over a bill to force women to bring all pregnancies after 20 weeks to term, even in cases of dead or non-viable fetus, this Georgia representative reaches a new low. State Rep Terry England seems to be suggesting pigs and cows do it, why can't humans?
Rep. Terry England compares women to cows, pigs and chickens. from Bryan Long on Vimeo. Read more
Many bloggers and commentators have expressed outrage over the decision by Virginia to require ultrasound examination, possibly transvaginal ultrasound, prior to women obtaining an abortion. From Bill Maher to Dahlia Lithwick people are outraged and have even suggested that it should be considered rape to force women to undergo vaginal examination by ultrasound prior to receiving abortion. Read more
2/15/12 As Rachel Maddow said last night on her show, “Republicans in Virginia want a government so big that it can literally get inside individual citizens genitals by force and without their consent.” The Virginia House passed a bill yesterday mandating that women seeking an abortion must first undergo an invasive trans-vaginal ultrasound—a probe inserted into the vagina. Traditional ultrasounds cannot produce a clear image of the fetus at the early stage of pregnancy when the vast majority of abortions take place. Read more