Although we’ll look at our past with nostalgic reverence most of us will acknowledge it for what it is. The past is the past. It is dead and buried. We should remember it, pay homage to it, and use it to build our future by continuing to move forward.
Unfortunately there is a rising segment of the population in our country that literally wants to go back to the good old days. They want to go back to “traditional American values”. The simpler life for them was also a time of dominance and power. This movement is happening in plain sight and we are unwilling participants watching it happen. Many of the landmark judicial and legislative decisions that happened in the last 50 years are being challenged, manipulated, and in some cases overturned.
Let's take a look at a few examples.
The Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers, or TRAP laws, tend to capture fewer headlines than other types of abortion restrictions, largely because they’re complicated pieces of legislation that may not seem outrageous on the surface. But women’s health advocates warn they actually represent one of the most serious threats to reproductive rights in the nation. This is an effective anti-choice tactic because it’s an indirect method of restricting abortion access — rather than banning the procedure itself, TRAP laws impose so much red tape on abortion providers that clinics are unable to continue providing reproductive care to the women who need it.
In 2014 several states could possibly deliver ballot measures regarding abortion rights and definitions of when life begins:
- Alaska "Natural Right to Life" Initiative (2014)
- Colorado Definition of Person and Child Amendment (2014)
- Georgia Personhood Amendment (2014)
- Michigan Ban on Insurance Coverage of Abortion Initiative (2014)
- Mississippi "Personhood" Amendment (2014)
- North Dakota Life Begins at Conception Amendment (2014)
- Oregon Prohibition on Public Funding of Abortions Amendment (2014)
- Tennessee Abortion Amendment (2014)
- Wisconsin Personhood Amendment (2014)
Arizona v. ITCA - The Supreme Court will consider Arizona’s decision to require voters to furnish proof of citizenship as it relates to the federal National Voter Registration Act, in a question of state versus federal jurisdiction over voting qualifications.
We have the power of the vote, we need to use it wisely.