My Body, My Choice: Abortion, Cigarettes and Iran
Over 90% of abortion in the US are in the first trimester.The number of abortions in the US have dropped by 26%, attributed to greater availability of birth control. Women’s reproductive health is under siege. New rules allow insurance companies not to cover birth control. Freedom of expression and religion allow stores not to carry birth control. Women are being disarmed of power.
The equal rights amendment (a proposed amendment to the US Constitution stating that civil rights may not be denied on the basis of one’s sex) has not passed. It was proposed in 1972 and needs the ratification of 35 states, this has not happened. If you look at the states recently restricting abortions, Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio and Georgia, 4 out of the 6 are states who have not ratified the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA.) Todd Adkin, formerly of the Missouri House of Representatives (1989 – 2001) and the US House of Representatives (2001 – 2013) said
This explains the Idiocracy and it is exhausting. Regardless of position, there should be alarm the this thinking enters into the debates of our lawmakers. The ignorance of women’s bodies is allowing women’s right to be taken away and which should alarm all of us. The US constitution is based on the separation of church and state. Iran is an example of what happens when this collapses.
Since April 2018, more than two dozen executive and judicial nominees have declined to endorse the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education. This week — one that marks the 65th anniversary of the landmark ruling that struck down legal apartheid in this country — the Senate is poised to confirm three of those judicial nominees to lifetime seats on the federal bench.¹
We should all care about the alarming legislation this week to restrict women’s rights because this sets a precedence to over turn constitutional rights. This should not be viewed as a single issue, it is not black and white. Holistically, what does this means for constitutional rights? My body, my choice, my thoughts.