Regardless, as I get to the coffee shop, I grab my morning Times as I do nearly every day. Yes, the headlines were of the Afghan forces struggle, and Detroit's Bond crisis, but the headline that caught my eye (as it would tend to in any circumstance), is the G.O.P. seeking abortion limits on women. At first, I was appalled, as I suspected I would be. However as I got into the reading, I found myself interested in the article itself rather than ripping it apart and pointing out everything that was wrong in it.
Now, I am extremely opinionated, especially when it comes to women's rights and those concerning reproduction. On most days of the week you will find me preaching about the freedom to do with our bodies what we want, but this article (Unfazed By 2012, G.O.P. is Seeking Abortion Limits, NYT 7/18/2013) seemed to make some sense to me. Yes, the proposed bill is the most radical in decades, and it is highly unlikely it would stand a chance at passing through the legislature with Democratic majority within the Senate and the White House, I acknowledge the need for limitations on abortions. I recognize that many people get the procedure done as an escape for irresponsible sex, and in those circumstances, an abortion after 22 weeks (when a fetus can feel pain), should not be allowed to happen. However there are other circumstances in which I feel a limitation on an abortion would be harmful, if nothing else but to the mother - for instance, health risks that can develop later in the pregnancy.
The article points out many state governments are working on their own to pass restrictions on abortions. With the Republican reputation among women having fallen after the Presidential debates (see Romney's "binder of women" comment), it makes me wonder, what kind of footing a bill that infringes on human rights could possibly have.