On Friday, the BBC's Paul Mason reported on the increasing anti-abortion restrictions being enacted in the United States. He notes that the Republican presidential candidates have all included anti-abortion statements in their campaigns and that last year, half of the states in the country passed laws that restrict abortion access. This year, a "heartbeat bill" in Ohio, a "personhood bill" pending in Oklahoma, mandated ultrasound and other pre-abortion procedures and consultations in numerous states, and Arizona's latest anti-abortion bill are leading to a climate that opponents say will mostly affect the poor. Alternet reports that so far this year, 351 bills have been introduced to restrict abortion.
Pro-life activists say that there has been a "holocaust" in America due to abortion and believe that God is angry with the bloodshed. Moreover, a contraceptives mandate in the health care act has angered religious groups which say that Constitutional rights to religious freedom are endangered.
In this week's poll, we ask what you think the reason is for the dramatic increase over the past two years in legislation focused on abortion and women's reproductive health concerns.
The poll will remain open until 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 22, 2012. Although our polling software tracks IPs to void double-voting, your personal identity will remain anonymous.
The survey is obviously not scientific, nor does it account for all the possible answers. You can select up to three poll answers and, of course, include your opinions in the comments section.
What do you think is driving the increase in laws throughout the U.S. that restrict abortion access?
- The Christian right lobby is a powerful one, and legislators want to appease religious activists. (60%, 31 Votes)
- Religious and conservative extremists want to 'put women in their place.' (48%, 25 Votes)
- The GOP-Tea Party legislators don't know how to deal with the economy, so they're focusing on abortion instead. (38%, 20 Votes)
- These bills have been on the agenda since Roe v. Wade, but now elected officials have the majority to enact them. (15%, 8 Votes)
- Ever since 9-11, Americans have become fearful and long for a pre-1960s patriarchal society, which they think was more wholesome and stable. (15%, 8 Votes)
- Politicians are drunk with power, and throwing everything out there that they can think of to control the populace. (10%, 5 Votes)
- People are 'waking up' to the fact that abortion is murder and are genuinely concerned about babies. (10%, 5 Votes)
- Shocking pictures of aborted fetuses have made the public less accepting of abortion. (4%, 2 Votes)
- These bills are God's will in action, and eventually, Roe v. Wade will be overturned. (2%, 1 Votes)
- Americans want to follow the Constitution, which says that all men are born equal and entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 52