One has to wonder why it is that some states (including Kentucky) seem to be constantly striving to descend to the bottom of the ladder in so many aspects, choosing to place themselves amongst the most backward-looking and retrograde societies around the world.
Case in point is the current rush to restrict abortion access to millions of women at the same time that other millions around the world are facing severe punishment for trying to exercise what should be considered a basic human right, that of control over one’s own body.
Right now, there are 24 countries that have total bans on abortion, regardless of the cause. In many of these countries, women are routinely imprisoned for violating this law. Some of those 24 include the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Honduras. Is it any wonder that so many refugees from these Central American countries are consistently knocking at the gate on the southern border of the United States — despite the fact that they may well be entering a state where the restrictions are as severe as in their own country?
Another 50 countries allow abortions only if the risk to the woman’s life is in question.
Seventy-two countries allow abortion subject only to gestational limits.
And recent events in this country illustrate the supreme dangers inherent in strict abortion limits, including the 10-year-old girl who was raped and forced to go to an adjacent state to seek an abortion. And the woman in Texas who was forced to carry a dead fetus for two weeks because doctors feared prosecution under the strict Texas law forbidding abortion.
If one looks at a world map showing countries with varying degrees of restrictions on abortion access, it becomes immediately apparent that the overwhelming majority of such countries lie in South America and Africa, the very areas where poverty, dictatorial (male-dominated) government, and illiteracy abound.
Is this a grouping with which Kentucky and America really wish to be associated?
And while so many states in America rush to restrict the rights of women, some countries which previously upheld severely strict abortion restrictions are now reversing course — countries like Mexico and Ireland. Ireland reversed its position when a woman was forced to carry a non-viable fetus until she developed septicemia and died.
In Kentucky, where its trigger law is being played out in court, a Jefferson County judge has placed a hold on the implementation of the law. The judge held that, in part, the law may violate provisions of the Kentucky Constitution regarding privacy rights and — even more specifically — that it discriminates against a specific class of individuals (women) because the law singles them out as the sole persons who are burdened by the law.
As this was being written, another Kentucky judge ruled that the Kentucky law could go into effect, resulting in the closure of the only remaining abortion facility in the state. It appears that the Kentucky law will lack settlement until the state supreme court rules on it.
This November, Kentuckians will be asked to vote on a Constitutional Amendment that will totally and completely remove women from protections within that document by asking if the voters wish to approve a change that specifically deletes all protections for abortion rights from the state constitution.
It is vital that voters acquaint themselves with the proposed amendment and not conclude that it does exactly the opposite of what it states, i.e. that it protects women’s rights. It does not!
Even if your personal rights are not affected by this proposed amendment, vote like it does. Because if it is so easy to remove rights from women, it may eventually become equally easy to remove them from you.