I watch a lot of news. As in, way too much news.
I was a political science major way back in the seventies. And I studied and taught history for a bunch of years. I am a huge fan of the United States of America, and of its founding principals.
So I am feeling pretty freaking frustrated at the inability of our elected officials to solve any problems.
Even the most obvious, most smack you in the face problem can’t seem to find an answer.
For example, let’s look at the suddenly-salient-once-again issue of abortion. So many of our elected “leaders” are suddenly determined to stop all abortions. They are so serious about stopping this medical procedure that they are threatening women with life imprisonment or death if they find themselves so desperate to abort that they go forward with the procedure in spite of the laws.
Those on the right scream about being “pro-life!” and pat themselves on the back for being the protectors of innocent children.
I get it. I was a patient at an infertility clinic for several years. I would have given anything to have had a baby. I understand the pro life position. I do.
But then those on the left scream about the attacks on women and on female power. They insist that they are protecting the rights of women to protect their own bodies, their living children, their family units.
I remember when I found myself shockingly and unexpectedly pregnant when my second child was only 6 month old. The child who was conceived using a boatload of high tech interventions.
I never thought about abortion, but I was badly shocked and thrown off to find myself pregnant, anemic, nursing and working full time.
The fact that I could have made choice to end that pregnancy, protecting myself and my other two kids, gave me a sense of peace.
I get it. I REALLY get it.
I chose to go on with my surprise pregnancy, but nature ended it for me only four weeks later. I grieved for a long time for that lost child, but I am eternally grateful that I had the freedom to choose whether or not to go on with the pregnancy.
I understand the desire to end our need for abortion. I understand our desire to keep our choices in place.
But here’s what pisses me off.
If we, as a society, TRULY wanted to limit the number of abortions in this country, we could do it tomorrow.
It isn’t that hard.
We just need to do more research into the best and safest forms of birth control. We need to be putting a whole boatload of money into finding a successful male contraceptive.
And when birth control is safe and effective, we should offer it out there to EVERYONE. It should be given out at high schools, at colleges, at workplaces. It should be free. Easy to use. Easily talked about.
There should be public kiosks where you could get yours.
Cuz, you know what? The whole idea of limiting unwanted pregnancies by limiting sex is so far beyond ignorant that it can only elicit a laugh.
ALL life is designed to procreate. Mammals do that through sex. We all want sex. A lot. Babies are a side product of our natural, God given, scientifically proven desire to mate.
If you want to stop the unwanted pregnancies, you don’t do it be shaming people about sex. (Weren’t these legislators ever teenagers? I mean….seriously!) If you want to stop pregnancy, you push for birth control.
Easy. Logical. Clear.
So why isn’t that the plan?
I don’t know.
Maybe because those who hold power benefit quite a bit when we “little people” are engaged in street fights about our bodies and our sex lives.
All I know is this: If those people being paid with our tax dollars really wanted to eliminate this problem, they could do it.