Commentary
Abortion repeal on the agenda?

Katy Murray
Staff Writer

   What will be the fate of the United States of America under President Bush for a second term? The voters of 2004 already decided the nationís destiny, but possibly did not weigh in on all of the facts.

   The majority of voters chose Mr. Bush out of moral obligation, and my mind does not doubt that this tipped the scales. However what does it say when 48 percent of the nation "voted for the other guy?"

   Citizens should quickly turn their eyes strictly upon their freedoms. This country holds our rights in its foundation and now Mr. Bush and his administration have another chance at affecting them. Every president can do so and many have previously made positive strides.

   Mr. Bush intends to call these rights into sharp question, however, by tackling some of the controversial issues which decided the election for many voters. Abortion, a key example, now resides as an issue in the Supreme Court. The high court recently decided with a vote of 5-to-4 to throw out a Nebraska law that criminalizes a procedure called "partial-birth" abortion. President Bush signed this Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act into law in 2003 but it currently stands as the topic of controversy in many courts.

   Many judges have even decided to withhold decisions pending the act being unquestioned. This issue should draw the attention of citizens because it could potentially threaten women's rights. The Supreme Court found the act places an "undue burden upon a woman's right to make an abortion decision."

   The act also got rejected on the grounds that the statute failed to include an exception to protect the health of a pregnant woman. Furthermore the law which bars abortion in which the fetus, or its head, is taken outside the mother's body before being killed, infringed too much on the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision on abortion. This ruling came as a setback to President Bush who promised the end of "partial-birth" abortion.

   The ruling of the Supreme Court however may be re-decided in President Bush's next term. He could have as many as three Supreme Court positions to fill in the next four years. With Mr. Bush's (pro-life) replacements this decision will inevitably turn in favor of his ideals.

   Many support Mr. Bush in his plans because they fight to ban all abortion. However, if a woman's right to choose what she does with her own body gets revoked then what will be next?

   I am applying the same sense of reasoning so many Americans have applied to the war overseas and so my claims do not seem to be unfounded. Some might say I am jumping to conclusions. However citizens found the need for security upon the "what if" factor enough reason to whole-heartedly support Mr. Bush, and I find this bill sufficient to foresee a decrease in women's rights.

   President Bush can take away a justified freedom for women with his actions during his next term. Women's rights came about with much difficulty in the first place and at this point in time there exists no obvious cause to remove them. This bill will be blind to this fact however.

   Judging Americans fill this world and everyone seems to scream "you're not the judge of me" until they disagree with something and deem it wrong. Then they outlaw it and judge you for the choices you have made. Religion has always been a very powerful force since creation. Wars have been fought over religion, in God's name no less, and now we have once again taken it upon ourselves to do God's will by banning what we see fit.

   If religion drives this bill then it exists in flaw because religious people believe in God and should believe he remains the only judge. I also find it amazing that this country has decriminalized so many acts of human nature and allowed so many issues, deemed wrong by God, as acceptable in today's world. The issue of abortion fought its war before my time and now comes back into question by this President. We need solutions to bigger problems but instead this President chose to use controversial issues, like abortion and gay marriage, to turn the heads of voters and invoke religion as a tool to win an election. Now he must follow through with his platform and will most likely succeed in banning currently society accepted acts.

   I am a Christian, regardless of my stance on abortion, and do support President Bush. I do so because a president must be given respect for his position for our nation to properly function. I do, however, challenge citizens to exercise their rights issued to them by our founding fathers in the Constitution. I can see American freedoms ensured by this document being amended in the next four years and pray citizens speak out as loudly for the protection of their given rights as they did on Nov. 2.

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