Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Couple of Issues on My Mind

by Jillian Washburn

As I sit down to write this blog, I’m pulled in so many different directions trying to decide on what topic to write. I can’t seem to choose just one; there is too much going on in the world for me to say one subject is more important than another. In my opinion, they all deserve attention, not only to bring awareness, but to spark initiative within someone to start a movement.

I’d like to start off with House Bill 1171 which, if passed in South Dakota, “would expand the definition of ‘justifiable homicide’ to include killings that are intended to prevent harm to a fetus- a move that could make it legal to kill doctors who perform abortions”. Even if a woman chose to have said abortion, the murderer could claim that he or she was trying to defend the “unborn child” making the act justifiable with this law. It is ridiculous that some people are so against abortion, that they would actually give someone the right to murder another person. This is another bill being introduced into a state legislature that will take away from, not add to, the rights of women.
This leads into another topic that needs to be talked about, the feuding over Planned Parenthood’s governmental funding. Opponents of Planned Parenthood and their funding, associate the organization mostly with the abortion services they provide. Planned Parenthood provides many other services besides abortion (i.e. birth control, HIV & STD testing, general health care, and so much more). To take away their funding would only show what little amount these representatives know about the organization itself. I thought there was supposed to be a separation between church and state. These recent attacks on women’s rights to choose for themselves are absurd. We all have differing opinions; we need to learn how to work together instead of attacking people and places that don’t agree with our way of thinking. Even if you haven’t been to, or needed the services of a Planned Parenthood, please take a moment to stand with them by visiting their site ( and signing the petition.

I wanted to talk about the activism happening in the Middle East, but I'm out of words for today.  I encourage all of you to read up on the current standings of other countries, not just our own. There is too much going on in the world for us to be clueless. Educate yourselves!

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