A new state law in Mississippi has created more obstacles for women seeking constitutionally promised health rights. Women seeking abortions may now be forced to drive to another state to obtain the health procedure, or as opponents desire, deliver the unwanted pregnancy for lack of medical access.
Not surprisingly, according to NYDailyNews.com, Mississipi has the highest teen birth rates. Amanda Peterson Beadle explains for Thinkprogress.org, that Mississippi does not require sex-education in school, “Mississippi does not require sex education in schools, but when it is taught, abstinence-only education is the state standard.”
Mississippi may not have an objective or well-informed perspective on sex-education or reproductive rights, but this does not give its citizens claim to deny the rights of others, simply because they disagree with the premise or procedure. As a means of circumnavigating Roe V. Wade, conservative states are seeking obstacles to make access to abortion more difficult for women.
The new law, taking effect around July 2, now requires those who perform abortions to be certified in credentials difficult to obtain and exercise. In doing so, many clinics, included the single remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi, may be forced to close.
As Emily Wagster Pettus describes for the Huffington Post, “The law requires anyone performing abortions at the state’s only clinic to be an OB-GYN with privileges to admit patients to a local hospital. Such privileges can be difficult to obtain, and the clinic contends the mandate is designed to put it out of business.”
The mentality personified by the new law is childish, selfish, and designed only to prevent others from accessing health care certain individuals disagree with for privately-held beliefs. If displayed in another form, the ideology would be soundly criticized.
For example, fundamentalist Darwinian enthusiasts might oppose heart, lung, or kidney transplants because this disobeys and breaks with the conventions of evolution. This cruel perspective would not be legislated, however, because of the negative effects and grossly intrusive results it would have on persons seeking to obtain a healthy lifestyle in a manner they personally select.
Mississippi is not alone in seeking these restrictive laws, or exercising the ideology of finding a way to eliminate freedoms regardless of their constitutionality. The behavior is soundly absurd, and this terminology is not used for dramatic effect; imagine the chaos and cruelty that would result from a society where citizens would only have to follow the laws they chose to?
MSNBC recently reported that Judge Daniel P. Jordan III, has delayed implementation of the law, although it is still unclear how long this delay will last.
From msnbc.com and news services:
Supporters of the new law have stated their motivation is not to end abortion, but to protect the health of women, and that the new bill is “designed to protect patients.”
Opponents of the bill claim this is only a “thinly veiled attempt to ban the procedure in Mississippi.”
If your ads frequently feature aggressive and hostile men — only sedated back to sanity by chocolate bars — maybe depicting a man wearing boxing gloves in the bedroom alongside the slogan “You’re Not You When You’re Hungry” paired with a half naked woman with her back turned isn’t in good taste.
In this, one of PETA’s latest ads, they have chosen to exploit the topic of sexual violence and and abusive relationships to draw attention to an unrelated cause.
Adding humor and sexual appeal to violence shouldn’t appeal to men (or women), and the people it does appeal to don’t care about the rights of other humans, and therefore likely don’t care about animals rights either.
Disrespecting women will not encourage people to respect animals. Its hypocritical and insensitive. Find a better way to make people care about the rights of others, including animals. And do it without creating more victims.
A recent article published in USA Today (Issue December 15, 2011) provided readers with rape statistics found in a new study released by the CDC. The first line of the article, written by Janice Lloyd, reads, “A major government study examining sexual violence in the USA reports the majority of the victims have serious physical and mental health consequences that can last a lifetime.”
It seems hard to believe that literate Americans need be instructed that “38% had difficulty sleeping” after experiencing sexual violence. The article also enlightened readers with findings of the study, which reported, “Violence often begins at an early age and commonly leads to negative health consequences across the life span.”
These findings might appear blatant and common sense, yet readers may not be aware of sufficiently committed to understanding the affects of sexual violence. And perhaps more disturbing, American television viewers may be encouraged not to take sexual violence seriously, as motivated by programs such as
Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.
Television programs like Law and Order: SVU trivialize victims of sexual abuse to gain ratings and maintain an audience whose only concern is the traumatic and graphic incident itself, instead of the repercussions of sexual violence. Viewers are desensitized when they are constantly exposed to a stimulus, and those instructed to be entertained by something as sexual violence, might not only be less likely to care about the victims of such assaults, they may also be more likely to emulate this behavior if its consequences are stripped of meaning.