Hi gang...I was going to go straight to posting, no stopping at "Go", and no worrying about $200 that wasn't there to begin with...but the news of Spalding Gray
stopped me cold. Terrible...just terrible. To be honest, of his filmed monologues, I've only watched several minutes of Gray's Anatomy
, so like everybody else, I know him mainly from his most taked about roles (this
, and of course, this late, lamented TV gem.
) When I saw the news on Yahoo!
, it featured a link to a eulogy written by a good friend of his shortly after Gray disappeared. Check it out
Well, the state Senate is voting tonight on whether to amend the state Constitution and put it to the people whether to outlaw abortion. Again, the pro-life people say "activist judges" are the reasons to codify yanking the right of a woman to choose what she wants to do with her body and her future away from her. As I see it, when they use the code words "activist judges" they're harking back to the old Civil Rights court battles of the 50s & 60s, specifically the Warren/Burger/Marshall era when the tide began to turn to equality and personal protections for all
of us. Of course, for most of us, those battles are either blurry lines in the pages of a yellowing history book, or the subject of the occasional PBS documentary. But it hits close to home for second and third generation conservatives, who may not have a racist bone in their body, mind you, but probably got that "activist judges" bullshit with all its nasty meanings rammed home each and every day from their progenitors (parents, grandparents, etc.) or teachers, preachers, you name it. Of course, they lost that fight (heh, heh, heh...
), so they took it to other social issues, including abortion.
Well, sad to say, this is a fight they'll probably win...at least in tonight's Senate vote. But in the past few days, I've been wondering, just how many abortions are performed in the U.S every year? I mean really, I've never seen any numbers from any given year about the rate of abortions. The way the pro-life crowd makes it sound, there are thousands of terminated pregnancies every point-oh-five seconds. Really, I'd like to know -- how many abortions have actually
taken place in the years since the Roe v. Wade decision, compared to the number of live births during that same time period -- and I want year to year data. See, I've got a theory: that since Roe v. Wade gave women the right to choose, the number of abortions have really gone down
, because with the option of abortion open to them, more and more women have chosen the alternative.
It was in the Dark Ages -- when being an unwed mother was frowned upon -- that women felt forced into going to those back alley butchers. But in this day and age, as women become more and more empowered, they choose to have the baby, or at least put the child up for adoption.
(I'm basing my theory, however cockeyed it may be, on a significant period of U.S. history: Prohibition. When the right to drink was taken away, people turned to the black market [i.e. speakeasies] for alcohol, which gave rise to organized crime. Ergo, you prohibit abortion, and you may just force women to turn to the aforementioned butchers.)
But again, without the numbers, it's just that...theory
. So if ya got the numbers, help me out, `kay???