Thursday, October 09, 2008

The Disastrous Bush Family (Non)-Planning Policies

Blog 10-09-08

Reading Nicolas Kristoff’s column in this morning’s New York Times:, took me back to the 2004 March for Women’s Lives on the Washington Mall. I went to Washington as a volunteer to sign people up to go back to their hometowns to register people to vote. At one point, I ran out of steam, overwhelmed by the size of the task and by the size of the crowd, so I sat on a park bench to take a break.

A young Black woman was also sitting on the bench and we starting talking. She spoke with an accent, so I asked her where she was from. She said she was from Eritrea and was visiting relatives in the D.C. area. She came to the March, she said, because she said she was so angry at George Bush, her anger growing from the Bush administration policy of cutting off funding for any group giving birth control information that also mentioned abortion as an option. She related in graphic detail the story of one of her relatives who was severely maimed as the result of an illegal abortion. This illegal abortion was the direct result of the Bush administration family planning funding cuts.

As Kristoff points out in his OpEd column, denying funding to family groups only increases the danger for women who are trying to space their childbearing so that they will be able to provide good care to their children.

There’s something sick and evil in a mentality that dictates that women are good for only one thing, childbearing, and it’s even worse when these anti-choice types, mostly men, claim that women don’t want to have control over their childbearing.

Women around the world want control over the number and the timing of children that they give birth to. This is especially crucial in developing countries where women are often raped by their partners and are often the sole support of their families. When they are cut off from access to contraception and family planning information and from legal abortions, they and their families suffer the consequences. Voters should take this information to the polls when they cast their votes this November. We cannot afford the Religious Right agenda fueled by the zealots to continue. We must elect a president and other office holders who believe that women have the ability to figure out for themselves what to do about having and raising children. We need people in office who believe that government has business making these decisions for individuals.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"This illegal abortion was the direct result of the Bush administration family planning funding cuts"

Oh, please, could you be any more dramatic? First, there are still plenty of places to have legal abortions, so the whole arguement of botched abortions due to the government is skewed! Second, why should the government give anybody a free handout for something that is their choice? Federal money should not be going to pay for someone's bad choices. Say I really need to get a car so I can drive to work in a state that has no public transportation to support my already born children (because I decide I need alcohol and cigarettes more than savings). Do I get to whine about how the government should take care of it for me? No.

The problem with choice is that it's starting to shift from being about one person and their rights, to imposing on the government and how they should be responsible for birth control all of a sudden. Thanks, but no thanks...if I wanted to live in China I would move there. We have real people with real medical needs in this country to take care of first. Abortion is a personal option and should be kept that way. R vs. W will never be overturned and I say if it ever did happen it would be all the pro-abortion whiners faults for dragging the government into it in the first place. Leave it up to the states and be done with it.

Not everyone wants to be responsible for the shedding of innocent blood based on someone's higher rights to do what they want with their body.