Don’t believe it? Just look what the Conservative Party is doing in the U.K. One of their first actions upon assuming leadership of the United Kingdom Parliament was to start dismantling social safety nets such as the Disability Living Allowance. Paralypians are one group of many who will be adversely affected by this proposed change.
Now the Conservative Party’s Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt is setting his sights on limiting a woman’s right to choose to only the first twelve weeks of pregnancy. This move would have the consequence of stopping the effective use of amniocentesis by woman to determine the in utero health of their unborn children since it is considered a very dangerous procedure if used in the first twelve weeks of term. This is an effective way to stop a woman’s right to choose in its tracks.
What a limitation to the first twelve weeks means is that you will have to make a decision to terminate a pregnancy without any scientifically approved diagnosis since amniocentesis is too dangerous. Following the first twelve weeks, if you or your doctor believe that there are problems with the fetus and find that the situation is correct using amniocentesis, the UK law would prohibit you from terminating the pregnancy except under very rare circumstances.
Of course in the United States, the Republican Party is far more direct about limiting a woman’s right to choose: women will have no rights whatsoever, even in cases of incest or rape. After all, Republicans consider rape babies a “gift from god.”
Do you think that this is just empty rhetoric; just take a look at what is happening in the U.K.
Not only will the Republican Party take irrevocably take away a woman’s right to choose. The country is just one Supreme Court justice away from overturning Roe v. Wade. Supreme Court justices are appointed for life. The next sitting president will get to choose at least two justices, if you consider the ages of the oldest members of the court. Even one more conservative justice appointed by a politically motivated president means that Roe v. Wade will be history for not just you, but your daughters and possibly your granddaughters, irrespective of which party is in power in the intervening years.
If you do nothing else between now and November 6th, please register to vote and get your friends to register to vote. Then on November 6th, make sure that everyone votes. Do it like your life, and the lives of your daughters and granddaughters depend on it, because it does.