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As I See It: Our culture of death

Actions since Roe v. Wade was overturned assert a culture of death in the United States

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You might say the turmoil of the 1960s was about far more than the war in Vietnam.

The ‘60s was a decade that defined so many lives in the nation. In this time of cultural and social unrest, the civil rights movement expanded exponentially to include women and women’s rights.

As often happens, many necessary, good things and advances took place, but one of the bad things might have been the perception that there was a war between the sexes.

In an article written by Neel Burton, M.D., appearing in "Psychology Today" in 2012 concerning men and women, he came to the conclusion that in comparing the two sexes, there was no clear winner.

Men are physically stronger than women and have denser, stronger bones, tendons and ligaments.

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Women produce more antibodies and at a faster rate than men, and have more white blood cells. Because of this they develop fewer infectious diseases and usually are sick for shorter periods.

Men have larger hearts, greater reserve, higher lung volume with body mass, higher red blood cell count, and hemoglobin and wounds heal faster.

On the other hand, women have lower blood pressure than men and prior to menopause are less likely to suffer from potentially deadly cardiovascular diseases.

Men are not as likely as women to suffer from depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder.

And women have lower rates of alcoholism, antisocial personality disorder, and psychopathy and developmental psychiatric disorders such as autism spectrum disorders and Tourette syndrome.

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The comparisons could go on into many other factors, but there are certainly no clear winners in the battles of the sexes - notwithstanding the tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, which was more farce than anything else.

In the Great Society legislation, one of the key facets was that a mother could not receive welfare benefits for her children if there was a man (father, husband, ?) living with her. So, exit the need for a man to hang around and take any of the responsibilities of a father.

Now was that the beginning of pushing men out of the family picture? It certainly seems so. And several years after the Great Society legislation passed, the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade.

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All you have to do is follow the content of TV programming and all forms of advertising as it has progressed since the Great Society programs were passed to note a marked decrease in how men and women were portrayed vis-à-vis each other.

Men were seen as likable boobs alongside intelligent, confident and aggressive women. And since pregnancy was often viewed as an obstacle to the social and economic success of women, the availability of abortion anywhere and anytime became accepted by many segments of society and eventually became an assumed right.

Not only that, it became big business under the ruse of women’s health care.

More than one liberal legal scholar has pointed out the fallacious constitutional reasoning used to support the court’s original decision. It was a major U-turn for the court to overturn Roe v. Wade that has sent shock waves throughout the country.

Unfortunately, the reaction of politicians, the media and far too many citizens has been less than reasoned and mature. After nearly 50 years of operating under an assumed right to terminate a pregnancy that evolved up to and including post-delivery, millions of babies have been killed - for reasons ranging from perceptions of defects to mere economics.

That fact seems to have been lost or ignored.

I hope someone can explain the outrage of the president, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, politicians like Maxine Waters, and so many others who have threatened retribution or violence against judges, conservatives, right-to-life organizations - abetted by many media outlets and entertainers - who are all dismissive of the millions of Americans who support life at all stages.

Are we that callous in favor of one woman who holds another human life in her womb?

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Pope Saint John Paul II remarked that the United States had a culture of death. The last several weeks certainly support that assertion.

That’s the way I see it.

Opinion by Pete Abler
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