Why are they smiling? These Republican “legislators” (using the term loosely) took away a woman’s constitutional right to choose for herself what to do with her own body. Even in the case of rape or incest, a woman or a young girl has no choice in the matter. Many in those cases won’t even know they are pregnant until after 6 weeks, yet if they discover they are, there is nothing they can do about it especially those who are poverty stricken. If that woman wants to pursue a career, if she knows she cannot afford to take care of children, if she wants to stay in school, if she simply does not want to have children . . . in Texas, and soon to be other states, it’s not her choice. These “legislators” have decided for her.

I wonder how men would feel if that law were imposed upon them? What if there was a law that said that any man that gets a woman pregnant who is not their wife, shall be fined or arrested, and must immediately begin paying child support or go to jail and forgo school or pursuing their dreams? Those laws would never happen or even be discussed. Why? Because they affect men and their lives. These legislators only want the return of a mentality where men control all actions of women – another anachronistic Republican agenda.

These smiling Texas Republican legislators, with Governor Abbott at the forefront, didn’t stop there, they also empowered private citizens, even if they are not impacted financially or otherwise in anyway, to sue [hunt down] anyone who helps these women get an abortion after the “heart beat” is detected. And to make it more appealing the ‘vigilante’ gets a $10,000 reward; Texas style!

A word on this fetal heart: it is not a heart, it doesn’t look like a heart, there are no chambers pumping blood, and you cannot put your ear close and hear a thump thump sound – it is embryonic cells that will develop into a heart many weeks after. At six weeks the 1/8 inch fetus cannot live on it’s own and is entirely dependent on the woman – I stress the word dependent.

Now what? Are we dependent on an extremely conservative Supreme Court that was appointed by Donald Trump and a GOP party determined to overturn Roe vs Wade as well as take away a woman’s right to choose? Are we to deny people the right to vote by deliberately restricting access to the ballot box? Are we to endure legislative gridlock while the world is literally burning around us? Are we to watch our democracy die by a GOP party, the majority who fear Trump, that is determined to undermine our democracy by spreading lies about the election?

The answer is “no.” It must be “NO!”

But this will take work by voting. All elections are important and it is important that every citizen not only vote in major elections but vote in ALL elections. Find out what’s on the ballot. Learn the rules about voting (unfortunately the GOP is making it harder) and vote. Study the candidates; what do they stand for? And vote at the city, county, state, and federal levels. Vote or your rights will be taken away. These are not alarmist statements – we are witnessing it in real time all over the country.

Turning a blind eye is no different than being complicit. VOTE. Vote them out of office and wipe the smiles off their faces.