Personal Choices, Agendas, and the Moral High Ground

The abortion issue continues in Arkansas. The state senate overrode Governor Beebe’s veto of a 20 week ban.

This is the email I sent to Jeremy Hutchison, the senator in my district:


This is a link to the 2011 Arkansas Department of Human Services Annual Report for 2011.

Might I suggest that you read this. Might I also suggest that you pass a copy to all the state senators and congressmen and women in the Capitol. This report is a statistical analysis of the children in Arkansas who are poor, abused, in foster care, awaiting adoption, etc.

Consider this: You have passed a bill that is unconstitutional banning abortion after 20 weeks. This congress might have spent their time finding the money to make the lives of existing parents and children better and yet you chose to waste your time and create a bill that will, no doubt, cost the state time and money in defense.

This is NOT about the morality of the men and women elected to serve. This is NOT an issue for religion. Personal beliefs should be left at the door of the capitol. This is an issue already decided by Roe v Wade. This should no longer be an issue at all for the state.

Spend your time taking care of the parents and children currently in the system. If you have a moral issue, adopt and please suggest the same to your fellow politicians.

And find a way to stop this travesty in the state congress. This is an obscene example of Arkansas’ redneck, backwards image.

Read the report. How many of these living, breathing children can you help? Your focus, in my opinion, is not where it should be.

Thank you for your time.

Katherine Satterfield

There were almost 34,000 assessments made in 2011 by the state Department of Human Services. At least 7,969 were determined true. The amount of money spent on nutrition, child care, mental health, etc. is staggering. Almost 8,000 children were in foster care. Finalized adoptions totaled a mere 430.

We are a small state, yet look at the numbers.

People, take a look. You don’t want to pay higher taxes. You don’t want to pay a living wage. But you want to take the moral high ground about abortion. You want to force women who make the horrible, painful decision to terminate an unplanned pregnancy based on physical and financial and circumstantial pressures to carry that fetus to term. And then that fetus, now a child, enters the system and you subsidize, i.e. pay, for its food, its day care, its mental health, its medical insurance…and you’ve now put the child at risk of abuse and neglect.

You ban abortion at 20 weeks, trending toward 12,  and yet you send thousands of men and women to war. You support capital punishment.

You refuse make birth control widely available and challenge Planned Parenthood, both of which lead to far fewer terminated pregnancies. You think abstinence works? Sure, in theory. In practice it comes under the heading of ‘Yeah, right!”

I put condoms in my son’s Christmas stocking. I had conversations with both of my children early. They were told to come to me. I will see to it that you are protected. I had a conversation with my son’s first girlfriend. They all had birth control. There was no painful abortion decision to be made. Preaching abstinence is useless. Practicality works.

Read the report. Then tell me why the Congresses are raising this question once again. Tell me what good this does other than to divert our attention from the REAL issues of our time. Tell me why they aren’t choosing to make birth control widely available for anyone of an age to conceive. Let’s face it, for the most part that means women taking the responsibility. And that is yet another reason for men to get out of the conversation.

Debating abortion and gay marriage and issues of personal morality is designed to divert our attention. Do you really think Jason Rappert or Senator Mayberry here, in Arkansas,  really gives a damn about women and children? Or was this a tactic used to get elected? What are their plans for caring for these ‘children’ born of their abortion ban? And you who voted for them? What are your plans for caring for them? These diversionary tactics are allowing all of us to become dumbed down and lesser beings. We can’t even take care of the children we already have; we can’t be humane enough to give our LGBT brothers and sisters the civility they deserve.

We are caught in the dogma of bibles and books and belief systems that is obsolete and no longer relevant in this time. Instead of behaving as the messiahs we claim to believe in, we behave as though our opinion, our morality, is the only benchmark. What arrogance is this?

A benevolent god would laugh at the machinations and idiocy of this human species.

I’m not an atheist activist. My concept of the spiritual is a bit different from most, but it IS. I write, not because I am evil and indifferent, but just the opposite. I care greatly. I personally may never choose abortion regardless of the hardship a pregnancy would impose, but I will defend your right to make that choice with my last breath. I may not choose to live in a same sex relationship, but I will defend your right to do so with my last breath.

We cannot deny someone else rights based on personal morality. There is a happy medium. Why would you care to deprive another the right to make their own personal decisions if you stand to be unaffected in any real way? Whether it is abortion or same sex marriage or moving to Australia, it’s not your concern what your neighbor does if it does not impact your own life choices.

Please, call, write, fax, email your congressional representatives and let them know you support individual rights. Let them know they are wasting taxpayer dollars and time better spent on solving the real problems we face as a state and country.

It is exhausting to watch as corporate America and their mouthpieces in the political arena divide us with advertising dedicated solely to that purpose. I implore you to do the research. Find out who is behind the ads you see. Discover their agendas and question them.

We will all be better for your diligence.

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