Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Heart Wrenching Decisions

I support the right of every woman to make the choice of terminating her own pregnancy, and I’ve never applauded abortions.  I simply believe that a woman should make that choice not a Supreme Court dominated by male justices, and so far only appointed by male presidents.
Many of us believe that women should be able to make that choice, and that young women and teenage girls should have access to the most reliable contraceptive method.
Many Republican are religious zealots, who focus on political issues instead of health issue.  They aren’t looking at what is in the best interest of our children and the community.  Republican politicians want to eliminate choice by forbidding abortions, and limiting women’s reproductive choices.
Colorado reduced the number of unintended pregnancy and the abortion rate of teenage girls, by making it convenient for them to get IUD’s, a reliable contraceptive method, irrespective of their ability to pay.  In five years, Colorado was able to drop their teen birth rate by 40 percent, and teen abortion rate by 35 percent.  For every dollar spent on the contraceptives, Colorado’s Family Planning Program saved $5.68 cents in Medicaid costs.  Colorado taxpayers saved $42.5 million in healthcare expenditures associated with teen births in 2010.
The National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association gave Colorado an award for having the premier public health program in the country.  The day after Colorado got that award, the Republicans controlled Colorado senate voted to cancel the program.
Most Americans believe that the heart wrenching decision regarding abortion should not be decided by the Supreme Court.  If the law is change, wealthy woman will have the option of taking abortion pills or a trip to Mexico.  And, dangerous back room illegal abortions could again become the only option for many women.


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