As women, it is important to remember that the reproductive freedoms we now have can be easily taken away. Some people take for granted the accessibility to birth control, condoms, and abortion. President Bush has initiated policies since coming into office that threaten women’s choices. As the Bush administration takes over, it is important for women and men to come together to support women’s rights. “Bush is setting a tone for anti-choice legislation, so I expect that any legislator who is anti-choice will put something in this year,” said Jessica Morgan, president of the Baltimore chapter of the National Organization for Women (Koenig, B2). Legislative, executive, and judicial action can very possibly come together during this administration to limit or eliminate women’s reproductive freedom.
The Influence of Ashcroft
John Ashcroft was narrowly confirmed as the nation’s next attorney general after serious controversy surrounding his nomination. He has faced wide-ranging attacks on his views on abortion. “If I had the opportunity to pass but a single law,” Ashcroft told a conservative newsletter in 1998, “I would fully recognize the constitutional right of life of every unborn child and ban every abortion except for those medically necessary to save the life of the mother.” (Issues2000). As Attorney General for Missouri, he defended all the way to the Supreme Court in 1979 a Missouri law that restricted where, how and when abortions could be performed. He opposes all abortion. As senator, he tried to get the Constitution amended to outlaw abortion even in the case of rape or incest (issues2000). The key question surrounding Ashcroft is how strong his religious beliefs and political ties o...
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