Sen. Lindsey Graham has proposed a bill called the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.” It seems a step forward that our congressional leaders are showing concern for pain. There is certainly enough to go around: physical, financial, emotional, mental, psychological, the raw pain of hunger, the real pain of guns and injustice.
While Sen. Graham is worrying about the growing cells in a woman’s body, has he considered that she might have been raped? One in five college girls has been, and many were beaten in the process. South Carolina leads the nation in the number of women killed by men. Does he worry about that pain? What about the soldiers we send to war? Has he considered those who don’t come home or who return with limbs and parts of brains missing? How about the pain of their parents and wives and siblings?
Women form half the voting population. They fought for the right to vote long after our black brothers won it. They still fight for a decent wage — receiving now 77 cents to every dollar a man earns for the same job.
It is unlikely most of us will be convinced to vote against our self-interest or that of our daughters. I can’t think of any people (especially women) who are pro-abortion. We are pro-choice because we want children to come into loving homes that can provide food for the table and the heart — and into a society that values them enough to provide a good education and jobs for their parents.
What Sen. Graham really seems to want, considering the burgeoning anti-abortion legislation, is to control women.
I find it sad that he is more concerned about controlling women than creating jobs, improving the infrastructure, the environment and our educational system, which would help us all.