By Darin Peterson
Utah State Senator, District 24
Paul Ray is drafting a bill that – in the event Roe v. Wade is overturned – would make abortion illegal, with several appropriate exceptions.
Read his blog on the House Site
I support the idea. I like the proactive assertion of our values. I like the fact that this will send a message about the will of the people in my district and our state.
Most of us feel abortion is wrong but are held captive by an old, bad court decision. Strict limitations would make our laws in this area humane. The exceptions for cases of rape, incest, health of the mother, etc. would make it reasonable.
This nation was founded by people who felt individual responsibility was our centerpiece. Freedom means you make your choices and then live with the consequences. Abortion as a form of birth control throws those principles out the window.
A choice to allow or have an abortion is not a minor decision. Lives are at stake. Short-circuiting principles of personal responsibility has a dangerous, negative impact in families, communities and societies wherever it occurs.
I look forward to lending my support to Paul Ray’s bill.