Since the first of the year, there have been three separate threads posted about abortion, and Schmidt posted the first thread about the topic in June of 2016. Although I have already added a few comments to some of those threads, it occurred to me that a broader discussion would be appropriate, so I decided to add "a few words" again today.
When Roe v. Wade was decided by the Supreme Court in January of 1973, I was a newly married Catholic. As a result, my views on abortion were very conservative for a number of years.
About the time that Newt Gingrich became Speaker of the House, the Republican Party started to take a turn further to the right, and anti-abortion protests became more violent.
On March 10, 1993, Dr. David Gunn, who performed abortions at several clinics in Florida and Alabama, was murdered in Pensacola by Michael Griffin.
After Gunn’s murder, death threats, vandalism, and arson increased dramatically. Eventually, the federal government, and a number of states, passed laws to protect abortion clinics.
Less than a month after Barack Obama’s first inauguration, the Tea Party movement started on February 19, 2009, and things got even crazier. After a few years, the Tea Party Congress changed its name to the Freedom Caucus, but its members are just as extreme as the Tea Party was.
After Obama was elected, Mitch McConnell became the chief obstructionist in the Senate, and he really went out of control when the Republicans gained control of the Senate in 2014.
We all thought it couldn’t get worse, and then the least qualified president in our history was elected in November of 2016. The man he chose as his running mate is an EXTREME conservative, who passed numerous restrictive laws when he was governor of Indiana.
Texas and numerous other states have passed more restrictive abortion laws in recent years. Although many have been struck down by higher courts, some of them have been upheld.
Sister Joan Chittister defined that it REALLY means to be “pro-life” in 2004, and it’s clear that the Republican Party has exactly the WRONG idea, and she upgraded her comments in May of 2017. Ironically, the states that have made it more difficult to go to clinics like Planned Parenthood, have seen INCREASES in the number of abortions. One county in Texas saw an increase of 191% in a 2 year period.
An early “pro-choice” argument is that the government has no business being in people’s bedrooms. As a result, the last sodomy law in America was repealed in 2003.
Massachusetts was the first state to approve same sex marriage in 2004, and a number of other states eventually followed suit. On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled that same sex marriage was low legal in all 50 states.
The link below will allow to read a bit more about the history of abortion in the United Stats:
I occasional read the Chicago Tribune online, and recently came across an article about a new book called “Scarlet A’, which was written by a Northwestern professor (and lawyer) named Katie Watson. I asked the local library to order it for me – and they did.
I finished reading it about a week ago, and would definitely call it a THOROUGH book. After reading the book, I have concluded that I am definitely “pro-life”, but not in the way that term is used by the Republican Party.
I believe it is wrong to oppose sensible gun laws – but that is what many Republicans do.
I think it is wrong to support the death penalty, but 31 states do, and Texas has executed the most people, by far.
I think it is wrong to cut support for food stamps (SNAP), but last month, the Trump administration proposed cutting SNAP by $17 billion in 2019, and $213 billion over the next decade. Although most people receiving food stamps are working, not all of them are able to, but some states are considering imposing work requirements for ALL food stamp recipients.
25% of the homeless people in our country are veterans. In January, Ben Carson proposed cutting $2 billion from homeless programs, and the Trump budget would slash HUD funding by $8.8 billion.
I believe that all us have the right to clean water and clean air, but Scott Pruitt is doing his best to undermine the work of the EPA, which was created by a Republican administration.
I’m of the opinion that the “blue wave” in November of 2018 will return control of Congress to the adults again, and I’m reasonably certain that Robert Mueller’s investigation, and other scandals, will eventually result in Trump’s removal from office
I’ll continue to be “pro-life” (my definition) and vote for as many Democrats as I can.