When I read Megan Grahams Aug. 26 column, Sound policy requires more than fury to develop, at first I couldnt figure out where she was going with her tales of excessive running. I read on, and then I saw them, those buzz words people like to throw out there like burning matchsticks ready to start a firestorm: Womens reproductive autonomy.
As I continued reading, I learned about the economics of having babies, the right to decide when and how many babies to have, how its cheaper to buy a condom or birth-control pills than it is to have a child. I kept reading, waiting for the really good part where she would write about the personal responsibly of women of child-bearing age, the part where she places the burden of preventing unwanted pregnancies on the person rather than society, but I never read that. What I did read was that providing contraception is the right thing to do.
We all know drunken-driving kills. Would banning alcohol be the right thing to do? We know speeding wastes gas and increases the risk of serious accidents. Should we mandate a maximum speed of 30 mph because its the right thing to do?
What some of us are saying is, we dont want to be forced to pay for someone elses lifestyle choices regarding reproduction.
Before society starts taxing its citizens for something, shouldnt we be sure it really is the right thing to do?