October 29, 2022
Everyone agrees that inflation has made life difficult. However, inflation is global and temporary. Most Western countries have higher rates than America. A Republican total ban on abortion has much more serious and long-lasting consequences.
Consider: Every woman should have autonomy and agency over her reproductive decisions. That government can intercede in these decisions is an abomination.
Freedom to choose when to have a child has lifted many women out of poverty as well as their current and future children.
A total ban will keep thousands of women out of the workplace, decreasing workforce participation, hurting our economy.
Impending death of the mother restrictions mean women will be at death's door before an abortion is legal. Some will die, especially those who have little access to health care.
Women will be forced to seek "back alley" abortions with many adverse consequences.
Forcing a young girl to carry a pregnancy to term is child abuse. I saw an 11-year-old deliver an 8-pound baby. Her impregnation was criminal. Forcing a child to carry a pregnancy to term is unconscionable.
Women who need care for miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies are also jeopardized. Medical intervention may be delayed due to fear of litigation, with a deadly outcome.
Republicans also speak of criminalizing in vitro fertilization and birth control after a total abortion ban. Women have then become second class citizens.
Please consider these comments and the well-being of all the women you care about. Vote for the candidates who protect and respect the freedom of women.