****Approve – Request the Governor of the Commonwealth
of Virginia to Direct the Virginia Board of Health
and the Virginia Board of Medicine Promulgate,
Publish and Enforce Appropriate Regulations for
First-Trimester Abortion Facilities and Providers
– Supervisor Stirrup
Local politicians have a unique role as public servants; they do not need to be ideologically driven. Their job is to work on every day issues that effect our daily lives. Abortion does not fall into this category.
Wouldn’t the BOCS energy be better utilized implementing programs to PREVENT unwanted pregnancies? Comprehensive sex ed, not just teaching abstinence, but teaching about birth control, has been proven, time and time again, to reduce unwanted pregnancies in young people.
How about targeting our most at-risk youth by providing quality after-school programs? Do you think that the School Resource Officers that were just eliminated had an impact on making quality connections with kids to help foster self esteem? Give me a break, if these Supervisors pass this Feet in the Stirrups Resolution, they are simply abdicating their actual responsibility to work towards creating meaningful ways to prevent the NEED for abortion! THAT they can do on a local level!
No woman chooses an abortion cavalierly. It is a very personal decision, one that these supervisors have no place inserting themselves into. Furthermore, the Feet in the Stirrups Resolution claims that “the potential complications of abortion procedures are numerous and well documented.” That is a lie. If these complications are potential then they haven’t happened so how on earth could they be well-documented? There is no object research from any credible scientific study that makes any such claims.
The Feet in the Stirrups Resolution further claims that “abortions are rationally distinction from other types of medical procedures and so may be subject to separate and specific health regulation.” Duh! Yes, abortion is different from vasectomy. A vasectomy is different that getting your wisdom teeth pulled and that is different from bunion surgery. What sets abortion apart is that it is an emotionally charged issue. There is nothing to make abortion any more hazardous to one’s health than any other procedure.
The Feet in the Stirrups Resolution, like its other Stirrup predecessors, is simply a house of cards, built of suppositions, misinformation, and emotion. Our supervisors need to tend to the business of Prince William County. This Feet in the Stirrups Resolution is simply a deflection in hopes the citizens will be distracted from the serious issues facing county residents. Funny how conservatives (and I am sure most of the BOCS would proudly label themselves this nomenclature.) want small, non-invasive government that wants into every part of your personal life. BOCS, stay out of a woman’s uterous.
To download and read the entire Feet in the Stirrups Resolution click on the blue.