A young man I don't know (but know of) is running for a seat in the Arizona House of Representatives. I perused his campaign web site to see how he stands on the issues facing this state.
Maybe this candidate is running as a Libertarian; I don't know because I couldn't find a party affiliation. I see lots of libertarian views on his "issues" page and, several times, found myself nodding in agreement.
But this is where my agreement came to a screeching halt. Mr. Candidate says he is pro-life and believes "in laws that protect women, children, and families." This one-liner comes under the heading of Protect Life.
So, Mr. Candidate ... just how am I being protected when you want to prevent me from making very personal, life-altering choices? Is it because you assume I'm too stupid to make decisions on my own? Am I so incompetent that YOU feel YOU have to make those decisions for me? That is incredible arrogance on your part and it's not very pretty.
I am certainly not a fan of abortion, but I also believe women can decide what's best for themselves - and their families. I am not qualified to make that decision for other women ... and neither is any state lawmaker. It's really very simple: if you have a moral or religious objection to abortion, then don't get one!
The Arizona Legislature that Mr. Candidate wants to be a part of has passed some outright vicious anti-abortion laws. One even declares a woman pregnant two weeks before she has the sex that could make her pregnant! So now, this young man wants to be a part of the body that believes it is qualified to enter the health care arena - and play doctor. And it appears he will vote right along with the rest of the whackos.
Mr. Candidate ... at least be honest. You don't want to protect women - living, breathing, thinking, loving human beings. You want to protect a fetus - at the expense of a woman.
I guess I really do need to be protected. From you.