18 June 2013

Today the House of Representatives passed legislation that would  prohibit abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy. There are a few exceptions in the bill,  including when it would save the life of the mother or in cases of rape or incest AS LONG AS THEY HAD BEEN REPORTED TO POLICE.

I don’t know why the Representatives who voted for the bill hate women so much—and I’m sure they wouldn’t admit that they do, especially since some women voted for the bill —but it gets so tiring seeing the same Congressmen and women hold up the sanctity of life in an unborn, but see them think nothing of fighting against every gun control bill that would save lives or voting for every law that hurts a child once it is born. Additionally, they seem to want government out of big business and our lives, except for when it comes to a woman’s uterus. 

With this bill, there is no provision to terminate a pregnancy for a fetus that may have horrific birth defects and many times these aren’t discovered until the 20th week. Some women aren’t even aware they’re pregnant until then. 

As far as the provision about rape and incest being reported to police, that is just cruel. So a 13-year girl, who has been raped by her father, and who has been too scared to tell anyone, now will have to carry that child to term because some men have decided that if she didn’t report it to police, it didn’t really happen. In fact, some of these men have convinced themselves that a woman doesn’t get pregnant if she’s raped, so, therefore, if she’s pregnant, well then, ipso facto, the sex was consensual. 

When I started this blog, I vowed not to get political, but on days like this, I can’t help it. Notice I’m not calling out one party or the other and I’m not naming names so that’s how I’m semi-keeping with my rule. 

Luckily, the Senate won’t pass the bill so it won’t become law, but women’s rights are being chipped away at nearly daily, so this isn’t a fight that’s ending any time soon. 

Today’s $10 goes to NARAL Pro-Choice America.  Remember, pro-choice doesn’t mean pro-abortion; it simply means that a woman has the right to decide what happens with her own body and that the decision should be left up to a woman and her doctor, not legislators. 

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