So my sister sent me a story I think gives an interesting perspective on the abortion debate. If abortion is illegal, how much jail time should a woman who has one in a state where it's illegal get? Check it out here
For those who think that abortion and contraception will not be a big issue in the next election, just look at what has happened in the past few years:
1) For three years, white house political appointees interfered with the Food and Drug Administration's decision on the Plan B® emergency contraceptive, delaying the eventual approval of the back-up form of birth control for over-the-counter sale claiming non-existent health concerns.
2) The current president and anti-choice congressional allies have continuously increased funding for abstinence-only sex education programs that have never been shown to actually decrease teen pregnancy or even lessen the number of teenagers having sex. Compare that to the number of studies showing more comprehensive education decreases the number of teen pregnancy cases.
3) Ideology and politics can sometimes trump science. The Department of Health and Human Services recently revised its website, 4Parents.gov, and replaced factual data designed to help parents talk about preventing teen pregnancy with biased and misleading claims about abortion. Previously, the administration had to remove medically inaccurate material it placed on the National Institutes of Health's website that falsely linked abortion to breast cancer, a claim roundly rejected by medical researchers and breast-cancer prevention advocates.
4) On April 18, 2007, the Supreme Court handed down its decision to uphold the Federal Abortion Ban in Gonzales v. Carhart and Gonzales v. Planned Parenthood, that held no exceptions for the health of the woman. The current court is likely to leave abortion rights in the hands of the states and legislature, even more of a reason to pay attention to who you elect locally.
Oy, my short post has turned into something much longer than intended... more on this to come later (or just check out the link in the bottom left corner for more info). For now, though, I'd love to hear opinions on the title of this post.