"Stop the anti-abortion barrage": Wisconsin GOP should shift focus to contraceptive access
AGAIN, I believe WI State Senator Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center) has very healthy and valuable advice for the Republican Party of WI and, indeed, the NATIONAL Republic Party!
I agree with Sen. Schultz that NOW the GOP needs to stop its anti-abortion barrage. WHY? I believe that research clearly demonstrates that the real cause for the demand for abortions is the absence of contraceptive for females on demand. WHY does the GOP not deal with the CAUSE? What do YOU think?
I commend the Wisconsin State Journal for its editorial published last Tuesday, August 6, “Stop the anti-abortion barrage.”
The editorial cites a statement by Schultz to the Associated Press, “It's a huge mistake if your ear is not in tune where people are and we were pushing people too fast. All we're going to do is panic people and this is going to blow up if we don't begin to moderate on some of this stuff.” I AGREE! Do YOU?
The editorial reports, “The state law is being challenged in court, with a judge so far barring enforcement. If upheld, the law could leave clinics in Madison and Milwaukee as the only places in Wisconsin for legal abortions. Wealthy and middle-class people can afford to drive across the state for a medical procedure. But the expense and time required to travel hundreds of miles could be a significant hurdle for the poor.”
I note the editorial's citation of specifics from the AP report, “Nationally, Republicans have succeeded in passing more than 170 abortion laws in 30 states since winning control of more statehouses in 2010. The strictest measure in North Dakota sought to ban abortions after as little as six weeks — before many women even know they're pregnant. A judge there has blocked the law pending a legal challenge.”
It is very significant, I believe, that some Republicans are wisely pushing back as their colleagues prepare legislation seeking, for example, an end to abortion exceptions for victims of rape and incest, as reported by the AP report and cited by the WSJ editorial.
The editorial concludes with advice to WI Republicans, “Wisconsin Republicans should give it a rest. Their efforts would be better spent on trying to prevent more unwanted pregnancies in the first place.” What do YOU think?
Click here to read the FULL AP REPORT, “GOP In Key States Tries To Slow Anti-Abortion Push” as distributed by National Public Radio on Saturday, August 3, 2013.
I hope you too will read the very insightful feature article by Eric C. Miller, “Barack Obama, Pro-Life Hero: Yes, really,” published by Religion Dispatches Magazine.
He reports that the BOTTOM-LINE of research is that the best public policy to deal with abortion is to provide free contraceptives to all females as they desire. Research studies demonstrate that MOST abortions are due to lack of availability of contraception for females. So, why NOT deal with the cause rather than seek to prevent abortions?
I agree with Eric Miller's conclusion for his article, “President Obama as a pro-life hero. But it seems to me that, if conservatives really believe in the evil of abortion, they are morally obligated to embrace a policy that stands to limit it so impressively.”
I am an advocate for FREE DISTRIBUTION of CONTRACEPTIVES for females upon request. What do YOU think?
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John W. Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor of political science at UW-Whitewater and an advocate for Project Citizen, a model curriculum for democracy/civics education in Wisconsin high schools. John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.