Developments during 2016-SEP to DEC:
2016-SEP-16: Reviewer of the new "Brigit Jones'' movie complained that Brigit didn't consider abortion:
In the new movie that was releasted today, Brigit finds herself pregnant and unsure of which of the two men that she was dating is the father.
Laura Goldman, reviewing the movie for The Huffington Post, said that:
"... the one flaw of the movie is that it overdoses on cuteness instead of taking the braver path of discussing birth control and abortion on screen.”
“Yes, the plot of the movie required that Bridget get pregnant, yet she could have discussed or planned more responsible contraception than 10-year-old vegan condoms found in the bottom of her bag. Or in a novel twist, the horny males could have tried and failed to take responsibility for preventing pregnancy. It certainly would have been in character for the uptight Mr. Darcy. ... It is absolutely inconceivable that Bridget, a single 43-year-old pregnant woman, never considers terminating her pregnancy even if she eventually rejected [the option]. ... The screenwriters of the film should have had her discuss it with her doctor or could have opted for the less in-your-face route of having Bridget write about it in her diary, which is now an iPad. It is 2016 not 1950. It is okay for a 43-year-old single woman to fear she can’t handle a baby on her own and consider terminating her pregnancy." 1
2016-SEP-16: Presidential hopefulls Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton take well defined and opposing stands on women's access to abortion:
Donald Trump has formed a national "Pro-Life Coalition" under the leadership of Marjorie Dannenfelser, a well known pro-life leader who also heads the Susan B. Anthony List. He sent a letter to pro-life leaders inviting them to join his coalition. One focus of this coalition will be the Hyde Amendment that currently prohibits the federal government from financing abortions for Medicaid recipients except in cases of rape, incest or when pregnancy endangers the life of the mother. Trump proposes to convert the amendment into a permanent law. The Democratic Party has as part of its platform the appeal of the same amendment.
Trump also endorses the federal govenment's defunding of Planned Parenthood, an action strongly opposed by the Democratic Party. Such a move would probably injure the pro-life cause. Since almost all of the activities of Planned Parenthood deal with pregnancy prevention and sex education, such defunding would drastically increase the number of unexpected and unwanted pregnancies and thus greatly increase the number of abortions. Finally, Trump endorses a national ban on abortions after 20 weeks gestation by urging the passage of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This act is based on the belief of many in the pro-life movement that a fetus can feel pain at that point in pregnancy. Most medical studies show that the fetal brain does not develop sufficiently to become sentient -- able to sense its environment and detect pain -- until after 24 weeks gestation. In fact, many physicians perform circumcisions on male newborns without anesthetic in the belief that a newborn only attains the ability to feel pain a little later in its life.
Jonathan Swan and Sarah Ferris, writing for The Hill, said:
"Legal experts have raised questions about whether a national 20-week ban would stand up in court, but Republicans say it is part of their long game to force the issue to reverse the landmark 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade." 2
As the vast majority of U.S. adults are aware, Roe v. Wade was the 1973-JAN decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that made abortions available upon request to preganant women during their first trimester, and allow individual states to impose increasingly severe restrictions later in pregancy.
Donald Trump wrote:
"Hillary Clinton’s unwavering commitment to advancing taxpayer-funded abortion on-demand stands in stark contrast to the commitments I’ve made to advance the rights of unborn children and their mothers when elected president."
These positions appear to be policy reversals by Trump. In 1999 he told a reporter that he supported partial-birth abortion which involves abortions just before birth. He also said as recently as 2016-APR that women should be punished if they had an abortion. 2
Meanwhile, Reuters reported that:
"Trump revived the birther controversy on Thursday [SEP-14] in an interview with The Washington Post when he declined to say whether he believed Obama was born in Hawaii." 3
However, on the next day, Trump finally backed away from his five-year "birther"campaign and admitted that President Obama was born in the U.S. after all. However, he claimed that Hillary Clinton started the birther movement -- a claim that has been denied by several investigators. He did not offer an apology to President Obama for attempting to delegitimize his presidency for so long. He didn't offer any reason why he had now reversed his stance. 3
Reuters reported on SEP-17 that:
"The national Sept. 9-15 tracking poll showed that 42 percent of likely voters supported Clinton while 38 percent backed Trump. Clinton, who has mostly led Trump in the poll since the Democratic and Republican national conventions ended in July, regained the advantage this week after her lead briefly faded in late August.
Clinton has an advantage among minorities, women, people who make more than $75,000 a year, and those with moderate political leanings. Trump has an advantage with whites, men, avid churchgoers, and people who are nearing retirement age." 3
The supporters of Bernie Sanders may have a profound influence on the election of the next president. Many have said that they are planning to not vote. If they did vote for Clinton, it would make her election almost certain.
The topic of abortion access will probably play an increasing role during the lead-up to the vote on NOV-08 and after the election.
This topic continues with information from 2016 in the next essay
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
- Laura Goldman, " 'Bridget Jones’s Baby' Misses By Not Discussing Abortion," The Huffington Post, 2016-SEP-14, at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/
- Jonathan Swan & Sarah Ferris, "Trump toughens anti-abortion stance," The Hill, 2016-SEP-16, at: http://thehill.com/
- Steve Holland & Emily Stephenson, "Trump finally backs off Obama birth claim, falsely says Clinton started it," Reuters, 2016-SEP-16, at: http://www.reuters.com/
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