I'm not much for political conversation. I was always taught to avoid the subjects of politics and religion and that it would save many arguments. I've followed those rules quite closely in my lifetime and it's true, I've had less conflict as a result. Apparently there are those people who were never taught to have that type of filter; that will say anything that comes to their mind. It's frightening when you think this type of person could be in a position of power. Could be President of The United States.
Michele Bachmann and her rantings have been good fodder for journalists since she announced she will run for President. I actually haven't paid much attention until today when I read about her latest proposition: Mandatory ultrasounds for women seeking abortions; "The Heartbeat Informed Consent Act". This would force a woman to see and hear her unborn fetus before she made her final decision. If she is between 4 and 5 weeks pregnant she would be subject to a "transvaginal ultrasound" to be able to even hear the heartbeat. Whether she wanted to hear or not, the doctor must describe the fetus in detail and perform this physically invasive and uncomfortable procedure.
This is a medically unnecessary procedure. Bachmann is convinced that shown the fetus and hearing the heartbeat will result in the woman choosing life. Doctors argue this is not the case. Which then turns the whole subject towards the continuing debate of pro-life v pro-choice.
This is not a subject that I discuss with any willingness. But for the sake of dismissing this crazy bitch, I'll take a stab at it.
I have known many people that have gone through abortions. Attitudes towards them varied. Some were used as birth control and done rather callously. Others were agonized over and have left long term scars. I can't say what I would have done if I were ever in the position of having an unwanted pregnancy. It's like other controversial subjects. We just cannot say what someone else should do if we are not in their shoes.
Yes, I LOVE life. I love children. But that's ME. This is what I don't understand about the world and people who choose to dictate how others should live their lives. If a woman has reasons to terminate a pregnancy, they are her reasons. She may not have maternal instincts and feels she would not be a good mother. She may be single and feel she does not have the means to support a child. She may not want to give birth and then then give the child up, that may be worse for her emotionally and physically. She has her reasons. Leave her alone. She may have been raped. Or molested by a family member. LEAVE HER ALONE.
But Michele Bachmann believes that the government should not just overturn Roe v Wade; she is ready to take on The Supreme Court to get it done. Does she believe that by attempting to illegalize abortion they will stop? How many women will then turn to other means to terminate; to the old days of back alleys and quacks?
In 2008 1.21 million abortions were performed in the US. 47% of those were on women that had had at least one before. So Michele needs to give up on this. Her rantings are not going to change to the minds of those that had them set.
And while we're at it, she needs to lay off the gay and lesbian community. This too is a subject that she cannot change. Homosexuality is NOT a choice. It is NOT a learned behavior. Again, she does not live in the shoes of a homosexual person. She can't possibly understand or comprehend what it is like. Many years ago when a good male friend came out to me he said this: "Do you think if it were a choice I would choose this? A life that society looks down on? A life where I am ridiculed and bullied? A life that so many people look at as unnatural?"
Presidential candidates with such radical views should not be presidential candidates. Candidates that can't make statements like " I find it interesting that back in the 1970's that the swine flu broke out then under another Democratic President, Jimmy Carter. And I'm not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it's an interesting coincidence".
And this gem: "Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn't even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon-dioxide is a harmful gas". Wow, looks like some of that carbon dioxide has gone to her brain.