To the surprise of partisan politicians and voters everywhere, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ted Cruz have appeared to team up on the issue of over-the-counter birth control. Despite their shared goal, their reasonings for over-the-counter birth control are quite different from each other. AOC supports it because she sees it as a way to expand women’s access to healthcare. Ted Cruz sees it as the alternative to a heavily socialized healthcare system. They both have good intentions. However, they are both tragically wrong. Over-the-counter birth control is not a utopic savior of women’s reproductive rights. It also is a drastic simplification of how a free-market healthcare system would operate. Over-the-counter birth control is indeed one of the easiest ways to put women’s health at risk.
Pro-life organization March for Life New York held a march on the New York State Capital on June 3rd, 2019. Marchers began at the Empire State Plaza Children’s Memorial. Key members of the organization, including President Joni Lupis, held prayer and spoke words of encouragement to her fellow pro-lifers. From there, hundreds of marchers made their way to the capitol building. Once they had arrived, a pro-life rally began with keynote speakers, including Pastor Lupis herself. Hundreds were in attendance from all areas of the state. Members of the Proud Boys, American Heritage Girls, and many other pro-life organizations were in attendance.
Pope Francis has recently come out against the practice of abortion due to the heated debate that has been sparked in the United States. Francis compared the practice to the hiring of a hitman to kill someone. The 266th Pope of the Catholic Church has made it very clear he is against any kind of death.
Earlier this month, Alabama and Georgia both passed controversial anti-abortion legislation. The “heartbeat laws”, which outlaw abortion once the fetus has a heartbeat. In the wake of such, pro-choice women have been lighting up social media. Notably, false reports that the Alabama heartbeat law would prosecute women for miscarriages made the rounds on the news cycle. The bill would only pull a woman into an investigation if there was suspicion someone else had performed an abortion on her. This bit of misinformation contributes to media fear mongering, and somewhat humorously, some Twitter users calling for a “Sex Strike.”
Nate Galt | United States
Last week, Georgia lawmakers passed a bill that bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. Dubbed the “heartbeat bill,” the legislation would make abortions illegal if the fetus has a heartbeat. The proposal will remain on Governor Brian Kemp’s desk until May 12. The Georgia governor had previously stated that he would sign the “heartbeat bill” into law. However, numerous celebrities and activists are pressuring him to veto the legislation. Many of Hollywood’s elite petitioned to end their work in the state should the abortion restriction become law.