Voice of the People: Decide For Yourself

James J. Devine

James J. Devine

By James Devine

Instead of focusing on getting our economy back on track, House Republicans are making an effort to radically change the law on birth control, abortion and a multitude of other issues pertaining to women’s health and the degree to which government gets involved in our personal privacy.

Masquerading as an attempt to ensure that federal funds do not go to pay for abortion services, legislation known as H.R. 358, the “Protect Life Act,” is actually a sneaky way of trying to stop abortions by penalizing any insurance plan that covers a medical procedure that is legal under current law.

This is a duplicitous manner of trying to circumvent the legislative and judicial process in banning abortions.

If House Republicans believe abortion should be banned, they should propose legislation to change the Constitution and seek to convince a majority that their view is correct.

Abortion is currently legal because women have a right to privacy that allows them to make their own choices about the most personal matters involving their bodies.

Restrictions should not be placed on a legal activity when the Constitution implies that our right to privacy stops government from making choices for us.

This “Protect Life,” scheme is a dangerous precedent that violates the spirit of our democratic institutions.

The recent fuss over birth control is another Republican intrusion on personal freedom. The health reform law requires any insurance plan to cover costs of contraceptives, which are both legal and necessary for safe sex.

The same principle applies to the equality of all forms of marriage between consenting adults.

Neither government nor religious institutions have a right to decide about any American’s most personal sex and sexuality choices. God invested humanity with free will and the Constitution implies that we have a right to privacy.

Whether anyone else thinks it is right or wrong, you have personal freedom to make your own choices about having gay sex, terminating a pregnancy or voting for a Republican ~ and for the record, I would not do any of those things.

But it would be my choice and nobody else’s if, for example, I was homosexual and wanted to have gay sex, or a woman who wanted to end a pregnancy or a really stupid person who wanted to vote for a Republican.

In conclusion, this is not about birth control, abortion, same sex marriage or conservative policies. It is about believing in American values and sustaining the limited ‘majority rule’ process defined by the Constitution of the United States.

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