Day’s Verse:
You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever.
1 Peter 5:9-ish

On NPR today I heard a section about a variety of female legislators who had introduced bills pertaining to men’s reproductive rights: One by a state senator in Ohio who wanted to put restrictions on men’s access to Viagra, a response to a “heartbeat bill” introduced there that would ban abortions after a heartbeat could be detected (7 to 8 weeks after conception); and another bill amendment by a woman in Oklahoma called the “Spilled Semen Amendment” that said men should only be allowed to spill semen inside a woman, as otherwise it was harming a person (the baby the semen could be).

I really enjoyed this segment. In particular, Senator Turner, from Ohio, was extremely sharp and well-spoken. For a few minutes there it sounded like a good mediated debate. Her witty responses and perfectly dry wit delighted me. It turns out that a number of women in a bunch of states, mostly Southern, had introduced similar bills or amendments. They don’t expect these bills to actually pass, but I like the way they’ve used the legislative process to call attention to the outrageousness of some of the bills introduced.

Actually, I don’t really understand the abortion debate. In general, it seems like most conservatives want less government, get the gov’mint out of my life, let me make my own personal choices and have my own responsibilities and keep your grubby bureaucratic fingers away from my life! Yet legislating against abortions or, even more extreme, contraception (or access to contraception) seems contradictory to this general philosophy. I don’t get it. Shouldn’t women (and men) have personal responsibility for making babies, and if they make a mistake, suffer the consequences?

Oh, right, there’s that unborn life we must protect. Don’t get me wrong, now more than ever I’m acutely aware of what that means, and I value our unborn child quite highly already. But we don’t legislate how parents raise their children, and I’ve heard many calls to cut funding for child protection-related governmental programs in these tough economic times. Why are we so obsessed with protecting unborn babies, when living children and adults are suffering, both at home and around the world? And, too, how can we justify wasting important legislative time on an issue that’s already been hashed to death when there are innumerable other much more pressing issues, like getting the economy strong and stabilized, continuing to reduce the joblessness rate, and so forth?

I just don’t know.

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