It’s completely ridiculous that over 40 years since the Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade, we’re still battling Republicans on whether or not women should have control over their own bodies.
Look, I’m a progressive, but I’m not opposed to setting limitations on how long a woman has to decide if she’s going to have an abortion. When a pregnancy reaches that 20-24 week period, that’s 5 to 6 months. At that point, unless some sort of health issues arise (especially relating to the mother’s well-being), I don’t feel abortion should be used as a form of birth control. But that’s just my opinion and I know not everyone will agree with that.
However, when it comes to rape, that decision should always be left entirely up to the woman. The fact that many Republicans have tried to “debate” this is both astounding and disgusting. But perhaps what’s even more ridiculous is that most of these “debates” are spearheaded by male Republicans.
And you would think that after the cataclysmic Todd Akin fiasco from a few years ago, Republicans would have learned their lesson – but they haven’t.
Take for instance recent comments made by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who basically said that putting a priority on rape victims isn’t really that big of a deal because most only worry about abortion in the early stages of the pregnancy anyway.
“I think for most people who are concerned about that, it’s in the initial months where they’re most concerned about it,” Walker said. “In this case, again, it’s an unborn life, it’s an unborn child and that’s why we feel strongly about it. I’m prepared to sign it either way that they send it to us.”
What he’s referring to is a bill that sets a 20-week limit on abortions and offers no exceptions for victims of sexual assault. Walker clearly doesn’t think is really a big deal because, as he said, victims only worry about abortions early on. After all, he would know, right?
These remarks come on the heels of comments he made last week where he said that forcing women to have ultrasounds prior to having an abortion was just a “cool” idea.
It’s as if he doesn’t want to be president, because I don’t see how he comes back from these comments. Not that they completely disqualify him, but he’s clearly proven he has zero respect for women and what happens to their bodies. And if there’s one thing you can’t do as a presidential candidate, it’s completely disrespect women. While many women do oppose abortion, even some of the most staunch pro-life advocates that I’ve met have a completely different opinion about it as it relates to any sort of sexual assault.
And with these comments, especially combined with his idiotic comments about forced ultrasounds being “cool,” Walker has shown that he’s completely oblivious to the concerns of women, their bodies, and why some might not want the government telling them what is or isn’t acceptable when it comes to women’s rights.