Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Quick and Quippy: The Wild, Wild, Ridiculous West

Ballots/Madness in the West--Proposition 73 Says Wait 48 Hours in Cali and Amendment 48 says Fertilized Egg is a Person in Colorado.

Despite failing to garner voter approval twice before, Proposition 73—will be on California’s November ballot. Prop 73 would require teens to notify their parents in order to obtain an abortion. If that’s not enough of an obstacle, teens must then wait 48 hours after notifying their parents before the procedure can be performed. According to The Guttmacher Institute , teens are already more likely than older women to delay having an abortion until after 15 weeks of pregnancy, when the medical risks associated with abortion are significantly higher. Apparently, anti-choice zealots in CA would rather put young women in physical danger than admit that are capable of making informed, responsible decisions about their own bodies.

If California’s parental notification wasn’t enough, Colorado really takes the cake on the anti-choice ballot measures. Amendment 48 will appear on Colorado’s November ballot. Amendment 48, if passed, will classify a fertilized egg a person. Yes, you read it right the first time: a fertilized egg will in fact be a person in the state of Colorado. If this dangerous ballot measure passes, not only will abortion rights be in jeopardy, but so will the most effective and commonly used forms of birth control. This is definitely one of those situations where many people ask why, wonder how, and say, “are you kidding me?!” Just more proof that you must pay attention at all times or your reproductive rights will vanish before your very eyes.


Kathleen said...

Laws like this are frightening. Although such a law may seem like a relatively small restriction to some, it is another step towards chipping away at abortion rights for all women.
I also think that Proposition 73 is a waste of time. This is not going to prevent teenage girls from having sex and getting pregnant. If the fact that teens are more likely than older women to delay having an abortion until after 15 weeks of pregnancy and thus causing more of a danger, clearly we should be focusing more on educating girls about safe sex and pregnancy options. Through eduation, teens are more able to make better decisions and hopefully subsequently reduce the need for abortions.

Phylicia Sampson said...

All of this is political B.S.

I agree with Kathleen, comprehensive sex ed is definitely the way to go--not waiting 48 hours.

C.R.A.Blog said...

This law is ridiculous. Clearly, it's only going to exacerbate teenage pregnancy issues. Comprehensive sex-ed would absolutely be more effective. California has already shown its progressive politics by legalizing gay marriage- let's hope that CA is progressive enough to eschew this law.