Friday, July 28, 2006

Never mind global warming and ongoing war...

...what's really important is making sure that young women don't have control over their own reproductive choices. Which is to say the Senate continues to chip away at reproductive rights; this week they passed S 403, which makes it a crime to take a minor over state lines to get an abortion. The House and Senate still have to iron out the details of the bill, but the gist of the thing is as the bill sponsors describe it: the bill supports what a majority of the public believes: "that a parent's right to know takes precedence over a young woman's right to have an abortion." I can't even tell you how much this shit enrages me.

And what crazy logic governs this--if I'm understanding it properly, in Mississippi you can get married at 15 without parental consent, but you can't terminate a pregnancy without both parents' consent. What the fuck is that? So you can be married for years but have to get mom and dad's permission for family planning choices? That's totally insane folks. Completely loony.

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