I'm guessing I spend more time in hearing rooms on the Hill than you do, so I'm aware that Congress has committees. I'm probably "liberal" on some issues and more on the "conservative" side on others; I'm not one-dimensional. I'm neither Republican nor Democrat (and I'm happy to be in a state where we don't register by party). Don't you decide on issues individually, or do you just accept a Party Line verbatim?
I was shocked when I read that Justin Amash voted nay on this so I went to his facebook page for answers. This is what he said:
I have to agree. Not one abortion would be stopped if this had passed. "Thought Crime" legislation isn't something conservatives should support. He made the right decision.When did Republicans start supporting hate-crime legislation? Hate-crime bills, like H R 3541, are apparently okay if they have to do with a baby's gender but not okay if they have to do with a person's skin color or sexual orientation. Or maybe they're okay if it's an election year and Republicans are trying to make the President look like he doesn't care about women. I am appalled and outraged that we would take an issue as sacred as life and use it so cynically as a political weapon.
Republicans, and especially conservatives, should oppose abortion. Period. H R 3541 criminalizes the MOTIVE for getting an abortion. In other words, it keeps all abortions legal except those obtained for the "wrong" reasons. But ALL abortions are wrong. And criminalizing motive makes this simply another hate crime. Literally the only difference between a legal and an illegal abortion under the bill is whether the "abortion is sought based on the sex or gender of the child."
The bill also shockingly makes it a crime for a medical or mental health professional NOT to turn in someone who they SUSPECT of having committed this thought crime. They can be thrown into prison for a year if they don't "report known or suspected violations . . . to appropriate law enforcement authorities." Free societies do not criminalize inaction.
I'm pro-life, and I think all abortion should be illegal. But Congress should not criminalize thought. And this bill won't stop a single abortion if it becomes law. Every person seeking an abortion simply will sign a form stating her motive is not the sex of the baby. Those of us who are pro-life should demand more from Congress. While we waste time on stuff like this, genuine legislation to protect life is ignored.
I wish abortion wasn't legal but it is. That's where we are.
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