Letters to the Editor: Karen Bass is right, abortion is a local issue
Mar 31, 2014 at 5:20 AM
I agree with Karen Bass regarding the lack of attention given to the recent events in Virginia and in Ohio. This attention is completely necessary given the serious decisions the two states have made. People can make informed decisions without looking at a teleprompter with pictures of dead babies and fetuses.
Never mind who got up and got out of bed for the abortion. They all did, and the state is now facing a major crisis because of that. Even if there are people who oppose abortion, this doesn’t mean that they deserve to have their rights taken away by the state.
And I think there’s something else wrong with that law; if you go to the law review, if you go to the court of appeals, and if you see the wording of the law, it says: “The unborn child.” There’s no mention whatsoever of the word mother. So if you think that this is just an old and outdated law, and you want to get rid of it, fine, do that. But I don’t think there is any reason to get rid of it.
Also, don’t think that this is just a Virginia and a Ohio, because you are talking about two states. You’re talking about three. We have Illinois, which is very close to an abortion ban; we have New York; we have Louisiana. This is not any isolated situation.
When you talk about banning abortion, you are talking about banning women from exercising their right to choose.
When you do that, you are really taking away people’s rights. As a citizen, you can’t do that; you can only vote for a specific candidate or a specific party. Your right to vote is very limited. You have to vote for those who are in office.
But this isn’t an isolated situation, and a lot of people are going to be surprised to learn that this is going on. These are not isolated cases, and they don’t just happen in one state.
I would like to see the court