In this edition of Weekend Takeout: Republicans, abortion laws and how they’run counter to the party’ core principles.
I grew up a republican.
Every night during dinner me and my family would watch whatever was on Fox News. On car rides with my dad to events we’d listen to Rush Limbaugh talk about whatever was on his mind. I remember asking my dad after a segment from Limbaugh, why he didn’t run for office.
“He doesn’t believe in taking money from the people, just like I don’t,” my dad replied as we turned into the development, we lived in.
I was so dedicated to the party that I even spent time arguing with my democratic buddies over conservative issues and right and wrong and fiscal responsibility. A lot of times the topic changed before we got too red in the face but there was a small chance, we’d go our separate ways after.
Being a republican was in my blood.
Now when I discuss the party, I spent so long defending, I cringe. My brain starts running laps while I try to understand some of the policies voted into place by them and sometimes, I need to sit and let my body catch up. Now, when I cover this
How can this be the same party I grew up in?
A party that signs into law bills that ban women, who are scared and in danger, from getting the help and protection they need. All because the bible said abortions were bad, because family “values” are affected. It contradicts everything the republican party once stood for, what I believed in when I was growing up.
It’s there if you look, in black and white, what the core principles of the republican party are:
-The best government for the people is one that is closest to the people, and therefore the government should not interfere unless they are needed.
-The strength of the nation lies within the individuals who live in the country, and therefore feel that the individual’s freedom, dignity, and responsibility must come first and foremost in our government.
-Free enterprise and encouraging individual initiative are what has brought the country economic prosperity in the past, and what will continue to bring it prosperity today.
-The government must practice fiscal responsibility and allow its people to keep the money that they work for.
-America should work to protect national freedom first, while working to spread peace, freedom, and human rights in the world.
These principles were betrayed when states like Ohio, Kentucky, Iowa, North Dakota and Mississippi all signed bills that banned abortion in one way or the other. Imposing harsh punishment for the woman and doctor that participate in these procedures like death or life in prison. All of them some version of a bill known as the “Heartbeat Bill,” which bans abortions after 6 weeks – when a “heartbeat” could be detected.
This bill would limit the instances in which a woman could get an abortion, especially in situations of rape and incest. In some cases, it also limited the right to an abortion if the woman’s life was in danger. The bill also sought to change the definition of what a fetus is, including it into the general population.
This week, Georgia one upped the bills before it also by giving a woman 10 years in prison if they travel out of state to get one. Now Alabama (who’s version of the abortion ban was introduced by a woman) pushes the bill even further than Georgia’s by banning all abortions period. Where the “heartbeat” bill banned it after sex weeks, this bill would ban it at all stages of pregnancy.
The bill was shelved yesterday when republican last minute tried to remove wording that would protect women in instances of rape and incest. The incident started when Lt. Governor Will Ainsworth tried to quickly motion removing the amendments that provided protections for women before democrats could react. This led to out rage from both sides of the aisle, in one instance a republican threatened to filibuster a bill he supported because he felt like democrats weren’t being treated fairly.
(Update: Alabama’s controversial bill banning all abortions, period has passed. The amendments that protected women in cases of incest or rape have been not included.)
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Of course, all of these bills are designed with one thing in mind, to overturn Roe V. Wade the bill that gave women the right to get an abortion. With a conservative majority, the republican party plans to use these outrageous bills to trigger a chain effect that would completely due away with abortions all together.
More government interference.
Now look at the core principles listed above. Some of this, if not all of it goes in direct conflict with those principles. By signing these laws not only have republicans advocated for more government interference they also co-sign putting their citizens in danger. They are also advocating for the federal government to dictate what the states do with their own legislature.
The republican party isn’t the party I grew up in. Today it’s filled with religious zealots, much like the governments overseas. It’s not about the individual anymore and limited government, it’s about who can interpret the bible in a more radical way. It’s a theocratic party, more aligned with the teachings of a book then the words and concerns of their people.
I want to be clear; Even within the republican party, there are good men and women that are truly fighting for their citizens. However, the large majority of their party drown them out. On top of that you are allowed to have whatever opinion you want to have.
HOWEVER, bills signed into law with the intention of protecting something but in the same move hurting someone should never be on the table. These bills hurt real women going through things that men can’t understand. Women should never be punished for mistakes they’ve made just like men aren’t.
I don’t consider myself a republican anymore, I can’t. Often times I will try and find some way I can defend the actions of the men and women (mostly men) that run the party but it’s getting harder. I can’t defend a party that says they believe in limited government and then pass a bill restricting what a woman can and can’t do with their own bodies.
It’s a disgrace.