Friday, March 23, 2012

Politicians: Stay out of abortion decisions

A few thoughts about Bill 1349, the so-called ultrasound abortion bill:

The women whom I know are completely capable of making decisions about child bearing and their health without the state of Idaho weighing in. The women whom I know are capable of considering all of the factors of having sex, of getting pregnant, of raising a family.

I am sure that they think of these matters in ways that men do not. They are capable of consulting their partners, their mothers, their dads, their support system to make a good decision. In no way do they need the state of Idaho involved to make that decision.

You see, it is about trust, it is about having faith in individuals, it is about having faith in women. It is also about freedom. Freedom is indeed about trusting people to make their own choices. That level of trust is a conservative value. Allowing people the freedom to make their own choices is a core American value, it is an Idaho value.

As men, we can and do influence the women in our lives. We do that as husbands, dads, brothers, etc. And amazingly, the women whom I know listen. They listen, they share with each other in ways that are deep and meaningful and they make good decisions.

Bill 1349 is a slap in the face of our partners, of the women and men in Idaho. I am absolutely sure that my family, my loved ones are capable of choosing for themselves the right thing to do. Capable of that decision without the state of Idaho imposing its opinion on us.

It is that simple. We can choose and we do not need the help of a bunch of politicians to make a good choice. The women of Idaho can make the right choice without the help of unknown politicians helping them. If they need help, they know where to get it. Trust them.

I urge you to vote no on Bill 1349. Instead, focus your energies on improving our economy. Keep your eye on that ball.

Bill Amaya


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