RICH JAMES: GOP would be stopping only safe abortions

2013-03-31T00:00:00Z RICH JAMES: GOP would be stopping only safe abortionsBy Rich James nwitimes.com
March 31, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Six years after the Supreme Court’s Roe v Wade decision that legalized abortion, I was covering the Indiana Senate.

It was Jan. 22 when Republican state Sen. Charlie Bosma strode to the podium for a point of personal privilege – meaning he was given the floor to talk about anything he chose.

He did it year after year after year on that date.

And each time, many of the senators left the chamber as Bosma railed on about the evils of Roe v Wade.

Well, the apple didn't fall far as Charlie’s son, House Speaker Brian Bosma and fellow Republicans are taking up the cause. They aren't just talking; they are doing their best to all but stop abortion in Indiana.

The House is about to vote on a bill that would require a facility that provides abortion-inducing drugs to be licensed as an abortion clinic and meet the same stringent building and equipment standards as facilities that perform surgical abortions.

They want to make it cost-prohibitive for a facility that dispenses the so-called abortion pill to operate.

The bill also limits the use of abortion-inducing drugs to the first nine weeks of pregnancy and requires doctors to perform an ultrasound on women seeking an abortion.

The majority Republicans will tell you it’s all for the safety of the woman.

Democrats say it’s an intrusion into our lives and an effort to make it more difficult to obtain an abortion.

While I happen to support a woman’s right to choose, it’s not my intent to belabor the issue. Abortion is legal.

The point is that when it comes to abortion, the Republicans – the very folks who want to get government out of our lives – are hypocritical as they try to render Roe v Wade useless.

While Republicans talk with forked tongue, they also need to face up to what their stance on abortion is doing to the party politically, as well as to women seeking an abortion.

The GOP complains the party can’t establish itself in urban areas and thus can’t get the vote of the poor and minorities. Have they asked themselves why? I doubt it, because they wouldn't like the answer.

Republicans say there are alternatives to abortion, but when a single mother - likely without an education or job – needs help, good luck in finding a Republican to lend a helping hand.

Republicans seemingly don’t get it. If they want the support of the poor and minorities, they have to back programs to help those who didn't get a fair start in life or got derailed along the way. It’s called compassion.

And, while Republicans think they are stopping abortion, they are on the verge of stopping only safe abortions.

Rich James has been writing about state and local government and politics for more than 30 years. Email him at rjames@219.com. The opinions are the writer’s.

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