Regressive anti-abortion movement in states like Alabama disheartening

YouTube download / AP video / Alabama legislators have given final approval to a ban on nearly all abortions, and if the Republican governor signs the measure, the state will have the strictest abortion law in the country (May 15).

 
By Darlene Vann
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EDGEWATER, Fla. -- Alabama has joined other states that have recently passed stricter anti-abortion laws.

Not completely, of course, but as close as it gets to an outright ban.

Forcing women to carry the fetus of a rape is not good for woman or child. If the child comes to term and is delivered and given up for adoption one day said child will go looking for parents and discover how they were conceived which could be devastating.

Forcing any woman to give birth to an unwanted child hasn't worked in the past and won’t now. The powers that be don’t want sex education in schools and many parents find it impossible to discuss this with their children. So children learn bad information from friends or the internet. Thus, we have many unwanted teenage pregnancies.

The Religious Right is incensed that we actually allow giving out condoms and explaining their use or facing the facts and putting our daughters on birth control. That is not an open door to sex - just a necessary precaution because to otherwise deny it is foolhardy because teens are going to engage in sex anyway.

Apparently no one remembers when women went to back alley butchers and paid exorbitant money - only to to get maimed or killed trying to abort a fetus. That horror finally led to the landmark Roe v. Wade decision by the US Supreme Court, which gave women a clear choice. It saved many a life.

Abortion clinics do not just abort fetuses, but counsel women and girls about abstinence and going full term and placing their babies up for adoption. They provide a necessary service but have been bombed and picketed for years.

I get so angry when I see men on the picket line who are pro-life as they say but where are they when the women tell them they are pregnant. Their first response is to ask if it is their's making the woman feel like they think she is a slut. Then many choose to run away and not look back so this woman they impregnated is on her own - no moral support, no financial support, nothing but despair.

I get so angry when I see men on the picket line who are pro-life as they say but where are they when the women tell them they are pregnant. Their first response is to ask if it is their's making the woman feel like they think she is a slut. Then many choose to run away and not look back so this woman they impregnated is on her own - no moral support, no financial support, nothing but despair.

The other side of this coin is all the unwanted children in foster placement because no-one wants to pay for decent placement.

There are not enough foster parents so they grow up in the system, which makes for many bitter adults who could care less for their fellow man. Many are scarred for life by some foster parents who are in it just for the money.

I know whereof I speak.

I had a family member that we didn’t see often but he and his wife had foster kids. When I grew up, I finally learned how they treated those poor kids. Everyone ate and the fosters got the scraps. They were mentally and physically abused and kept in a building that was previously a chicken coup and did all the house cleaning and lawn work after school.

I was and am still appalled that a family member was this cruel just for the money earned per child. It makes me sick to this day and I am now 72 years old. This country is going backwards and that saddens me. We fought hard in the past to earn the right to choose and now that right is slowly being taken away again. 

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Musings By Darlene Vann
Darlene Vann is a resident of Edgewater and has been with the 24/7 Internet newspaper from the onset. She likes to write about the lighter side of life, but sometimes feels compelled to tackle some of the tougher issues.