Sunday, April 2, 2017

Yet another idiot lawmaker makes a dumb comment about abortion...

And this time, it was a woman who did it... which makes the comment even dumber than it might have been.

Iowa Republican Shannon Lundgren misspoke during a hearing she attended for Senate File 471, which would allow the state to ban abortions after 20 weeks gestation.  This legislation came about after the failure of a stricter bill that would have banned abortions after a heartbeat was detected.  If Senate File 471 passes, Iowa would be the 18th state to ban abortions after twenty weeks.

Lundgren's blunder came when she was asked by Representative John Forbes, whose daughter is now 20 weeks pregnant, if Forbes' daughter would have to carry her fetus if a doctor told her that there was no longer a heartbeat.  Lundgren, who ran for office on an anti-abortion platform, said...

“This bill wasn’t written for the intent to protect or govern on the side of the woman. It was written to save babies’ lives, giving the choice and being the voice of those babies...that don’t have one,” replied Lundgren. “I understand what you’re saying—this fetus, this baby, is not alive. I would concur that in that instance, if your daughter’s life is not in danger, that yes, she would have to carry that baby.”

Although no one appeared to take issue with Lundgren's comments during the proceedings themselves, it didn't take long before they inflamed a whole lot of people on the Internet.  It was a really stupid thing for Lundgren to say, but it also reveals just how single-minded some of the pro-lifers are and just how little they care about women, particularly those who are pregnant.

I have mentioned before that although I am very pro-choice, I am not a fan of abortion.  I truly believe that most people are not "fans" of abortion, even if they support keeping abortion legal.  I don't understand how a political party that has so little regard for supporting the health, education, and welfare of citizens can be so vehemently against abortion.  

Most abortions come about when a woman unintentionally gets pregnant.  For whatever reason, she's not prepared to support a child.  Abortions usually happen in the first trimester of a pregnancy.  The ones that take place at 20 weeks or beyond usually occur because something has gone very wrong in the pregnancy or the mother's life is at stake.  They are very rare occurrences and are usually done for medically sound reasons.  

Why are so many politicians focusing their efforts on eliminating access to abortions instead of fixing the major problems that affect everyone and may cause a woman to consider abortion?  Why not focus on fixing the economy, making good healthcare affordable and accessible, and seeing to it that citizens can get the skills and education they need to succeed in today's world?  Why are we so concerned about forcing women to stay pregnant when we can't even provide for the people who have already been born?  

And why are so many vehemently pro-life proponents men, who will never have to face the prospect of having an abortion?  Especially when so many of them have no desire to help the babies once they've been born?

I think it comes down to men thinking that women unintentionally get pregnant because they are weak or immoral.  They conveniently ignore the fact that women don't get pregnant without a man's input and far too many men are not interested in supporting the women they impregnate.  And they expect the women to carry babies and, if they can't care for them, give them up for adoption, ignoring the fact that it's also not so easy for women to give up a child.  All of this is going on in a country where many lawmakers are trying to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, which provides health insurance to so many people who previously couldn't get it.  

I get that many people think abortion is repugnant and immoral.  In a perfect world, we wouldn't need abortion.  Women would only get pregnant when they are ready and willing to be mothers.  Men wouldn't rape women and there would be no incest.  Fetuses wouldn't have catastrophic birth defects that make life outside the womb impossible.  Pregnant women would not have medical problems that put their lives at risk if they continue a pregnancy.  Babies that are born would have all of the support they need to become good, productive, healthy members of society.

Unfortunately, we do not live in a perfect world.  We can't provide for all of the people who have already been born.  In the United States, far too many people go without healthcare because they can't afford it.  And lawmakers now want to force pregnant women to have their babies, even though having a baby is extremely expensive and potentially life threatening, especially when the prospective mother does not have access to decent medical care or the will to take care of herself.

The fact of the matter is, even if abortion is outlawed, women will still get them.  The ones who have money will go to a place where they can have the procedure done safely and legally.  The ones who don't have money will possibly hurt or kill themselves getting an abortion done the wrong way.  I'm all for promoting personal responsibility, but if you're pro-life, you really should be pro-life toward pregnant women, too.  And you should support helping women who need help rather than punishing them by forcing them to be pregnant if they don't want to be... or trying to make them carry a dead fetus to term (which is not only disgusting, but dangerous).  Seriously... have a look at the link I placed in this last paragraph if you want to know what banning abortion could mean.  It's really not pretty.    


  1. What a half-wit Shannon Lundgren must be.

    1. Yeah, and I probably shouldn't call her an idiot, even though that comment was as idiotic as they come. I'm sick of politicians... especially those who want to intrude on personal decisions like whether or not to have an abortion.


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