WICHITA, Kan. - State legislatures all over America are bravely protecting women from those wily abortion doctors duping young women into having abortions.
Yes, multiple restrictive laws are on the books to make sure unsuspecting women are "informed" about what happens when they have an abortion because if there is one thing women do not understand, it's how to make their own reproductive choices. Thank goodness the state is so accommodating.
It seems to me we have left out one very important element in making sure women are informed about their medical choices. I believe new legislation should be proposed banning physicians from assisting in the delivery of a potential baby until the woman has been "informed" of all the medical and mental health dangers to her life if she continues with a live birth.
If Kansas legislators are so concerned about women making informed choices, shouldn't they support legislation that would mandate all OB-GYN doctors inform their patients that pregnancy is one the most dangerous medical risks a women can make? And, if these OB-GYN doctors do not cover all the health risks that come with pregnancy and a live birth, they should be fined and have their practices shut down by the State. Sound unreasonable? Perhaps not.
Giving birth is far more dangerous than an abortion procedure. Women should be told that remaining pregnant could led to their imminent death. A few complications that come with pregnancy include high blood pressure, seizures, massive water retention leading to other complications, heart failure, diabetes, dangerous thyroid imbalance resulting in a lifetime of medication, postpartum depression and of course, and at any second, a wandering blood clot could cause a massive stroke ending the woman's life immediately. Why don't we tell these real healthcare risk factors to young pregnant women?
We are dishonest with young women in America because religious conservatives have taken over our secular government and are imposing their beliefs about birth control and life on everyone else. We do need an honest debate about life but no group, including the Democratic Party of Kansas is willing to have that debate and stand up to the conservative bullies and end this nonsense once and for all.
Kansas is moving closer and closer to the point of upholding the "unborn" as more important than a human being already in this world. Of course, never mind about the quality of life when a new little being comes screaming into the world. [Kansas lawmakers can't even honor children by making sure public schools are funded at acceptable levels.] It is maddening to witness again and again our cruel and sanctimonious elected officials crafting the fairy tale that life is a miracle and everyone has a "right to be born". Tell that lie to the children who go to bed starving at night or to the children sexually abused, or bullied at school, or struggling with disabilities that leave them isolated and thrown away in society as the world moves on. The state of Kansas has a child abuse problem and yet instead of facing that reality we have legislators talking about the so called "culture of life."
What we have in Kansas is a culture of cruelness and it is one rippling across the nation in the quest to deny young and especially poor women their autonomy as full citizens. Frankly, Kansans and Americans do not think very highly of women or there would be protesting in the streets and outrage over the systematic destruction of a woman's right to her own life. As a democratic republic, the denial of such a fundamental right does not bode well for everyone else's liberties.
Women must solider on and fight. Women understand far more than any lawmaker what is at stake when it comes to their reproductive decisions. The actions women take to terminate or give birth is done out of love, compassion, and practical acknowledgment to do what is best for their lives and those around them. Women who decide to terminate their pregnancy are labeled as misguided, selfish, uninformed and of course, murderers, all because a few powerful officials cannot accept the fact that not every pregnancy is a miracle, but simply biology.
It is a shame our leaders do not have the moral intelligence to understand the gravity of adding a new person to the world. Not every woman sees the promise in one more baby nor a guarantee that this baby will not destroy her health and life.
Surely Governor Brownback and anti-abortion legislators must accept the fact that their mantra of a culture of life also includes the possibility that evil may enter into the world with every new baby? I'm sure Osama bin Laden's mother believed he was a baby of promise and a little miracle, too. Let's be honest about life. Not every baby born into this world adds to humanity.
We should promote a "culture of wisdom" in America; wisdom to know when life is optimal and when it is not. As part of the human community we must allow women the freedom and dignity to know the difference, because anything less is simply breeding like animals.