Average people are probably ignorant about most things that require an education to verse them beyond basic skill and knowledge. In fact, one might argue that average people struggle with the basics, but somehow get along in life to an adequate extent.
“You may think you’re smart, but you’re dumb. I’m simplifying (’cause you’re dumb), but that is the cheering overall conclusion of a new survey by the research organization YouGov. The online questionnaire of 991 Americans finds that 55 percent believe they are smarter than the average person. (Or, as writer Peter Moore sardonically phrases it, “the average American thinks they are smarter than the average American.”)”
Scott Walker might be a case in point.
“Scott Walker Says Ultrasounds Are ‘Just A Cool Thing’
MAY 27, 201512:55 PM ET
This post was updated at 1:45 p.m. E.T.
Republican Scott Walker dismissed any controversy over a law he signed in Wisconsin requiring women seeking abortions to get an ultrasound, referring in an interview on a conservative radio show to ultrasounds as “just a cool thing out there.”
The Wisconsin governor, who is likely running for president and leading in early state polls, spoke about a range of issues Friday on “The Dana Show,” including immigration, the economy and education. About 15 minutes in, host Dana Loesch asked, “What place do you think social issues have in 2016? And why do you think so many Republican candidates are scared of them? Are they scared to embrace them; they’re scared to get trapped by the media?”
“Well, I think a little bit of it is the media is a ‘gotcha,’ some do at least, I don’t want to say universally.” he said. Then he continued:
“I’ll give you an example. I’m pro-life, I’ve passed pro-life legislation. We defunded Planned Parenthood, we signed a law that requires an ultrasound. Which, the thing about that, the media tried to make that sound like that was a crazy idea. Most people I talk to, whether they’re pro-life or not, I find people all the time who’ll get out their iPhone and show me a picture of their grandkids’ ultrasound and how excited they are, so that’s a lovely thing. I think about my sons are 19 and 20, you know we still have their first ultrasound picture. It’s just a cool thing out there.
“We just knew if we signed that law, if we provided the information, that more people if they saw that unborn child would, would make a decision to protect and keep the life of that unborn child.”
Walker added that issues like abortion “shouldn’t be the only thing” conservatives focus on. “We should make sure that people know us for fiscal and economic strengths as well,” he said.
But, he continued:
“It certainly is a part of who we are and we shouldn’t be afraid to talk about it, and we shouldn’t be afraid to push back. When you think about Hillary Clinton, and you think about some others on the left, you say, I think it’s reasonable, whether you’re pro-life or not to say that taxpayers dollars shouldn’t be spent to support abortion or abortion-related activities. Most Americans believe in that. There are many candidates on the left who don’t share that belief.”
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards responded to Walker’s comments in a statement Wednesday saying: “Women are very clear that forced government ultrasounds are not ‘cool.'” Richards called Walker’s statement “appalling” and added “the real problem is the record behind his words.”
The issue is abortion.
When a woman becomes pregnant it can happen along a spectrum of possibilities:
- It was on purpose to have a baby
- It was an accident from having a sexual experience
- It was the result of a criminal act of any number of possibilities
There is more to this context and cycle.
Preventing pregnancy can be accomplished by people using prophylactics. To clarify, “prophylactics” are medicines or courses of action used to prevent disease or unwanted pregnancies. Whether they are pills or a plastic device, they work to a high degree, but are not perfect. Therefore, mistakes can happen.
When pregnancies begin, life begins. Cells divide and a DNA sequence is underway. Before the heart and brain are developed, one may argue that life can be terminated without causing much harm. However, once a being reaches a certain stage of development, the fetus becomes an individual.
No matter how it happened, once a woman carries a fetus, it is a difficult decision for a woman to ask medical professionals to stop it.
We live in a world in which the ideal might be described as follows:
- All persons deserve an adequate start in life.
- No person should live in poverty.
- All persons are born with inalienable rights and are equal.
- People are born into the world on different economic footing, but society tries to make their start economically equal.
- Women have the right to choose.
As a prospective grandparent, seeing my future grandchildren in an ultrasound is just like seeing a baby sleeping as if it were across the room. At any stage, life is a beautiful thing. It is impossible to imagine someone saying put an end to this once life has begun. That would be a very difficult decision that belongs to every woman.
Imposing more pressure on women who must make those decisions isn’t particularly helpful. Having more information upon which to decide should surely be an option.