California does a lot of things right. Pretty progressive and liberal in a lot of areas. The face of what the rest of the U.S. will look like in a few years. The hub of creativity. And shapes what we see, listen to, like, and wear in terms of culture and trends. California is a nice place to be.
Of course no place is perfect. It's difficult to buy a home in California because of soaring real estate costs. There is a huge gap between the rich and poor. And many people think Californians are too creative... and just way off the map.
Yesterday, I attended a program/speaker talking about Proposition 73 in California, on the special election called by our governator, which would require both parental consent and permission for young women (under 18) choosing to end a pregnancy.
I learned a lot. I learned about how once Roe v. Wade was upheld, that the shape of women's personal and professional advancement just took an upswing. More and more women entered professions, could take control of their lives, and could make the decisions that worked best for their mental and physical health. I learned how difficult it is becoming for women to seek out all choices, because from all levels -- from medical schools to hospitals to neighborhood clinics to peer-counseling services -- women's rights to make the choices they see best for themselves are under attack.
Anyway, the speaker really helped put us in the mindset of being a teenager again. And made us think a lot about what we did, could, and would NOT talk to our parents about... for a number of reasons -- embarassment, family dysfunction, uncommunicative family, etc...-- and I realized that these parental consent laws are trying to force communication, when in many cases, the communication was never there.
And then I realized that this proposition, which is sponsored by some California Catholic organization and Dominos Pizza, just doesn't fit with the progressive nature of California. I'll have to ask the priest of my parish his take on parental consent. He's generally progressive and very open-minded on politics and personal issues. But the red-state mentality is really trying to get a stronghold in the state. Interesting. I'll be voting NO on the proposition for a number of reasons. I believe women, and only women, can make the decisions they see fit for themselves physically and mentally.
But I'm wondering, dear readers, what your take is on parental consent laws, reproductive freedom, and the right to choose what's best for yourself physically or mentally?
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