For Addison Bowen of Wallingford, taking a pro-life stand has nothing to do with being religious or Republican. He’s neither.
Bowen describes himself as a secular Democrat. For him, abortion is an affront to science and social justice. The articulate young man asserts it makes no rational sense to say a human is not a person while in a birth canal and then suddenly becomes a person after it leaves the mother’s body.
The person hasn’t changed – “the only difference is location,” Bowen said.
Bowen abhors how oppressors through history have sought to justify injustice by labeling victims as “non-persons.” The sign he carried at the Vermont Right to Life rally Saturday, Jan. 23 on the steps of the Vermont State House shows a whipped slave, Jews under Nazi tyranny, and an unborn child – all equally ‘not a person,’ separated only by the date in history.
Bowen may not share the premise of conscience-stricken slaveholder Thomas Jefferson who wrote, “I tremble when I consider that God is just.” But his firm grip on human nature and history is as damning and succinct.
“Times change, people don’t. We’re always looking for some group to exploit,” Bowen said.
As a prolife, secular Democrat, Bowen is not alone. While Democratic leadership in Vermont and nationwide uniformly, rigidly advocate for unrestricted abortion, there are dissenters in the rank and file. An organization called Democrats for Life of America has state chapters nationwide, including New Hampshire. 81 of the 114 state and local candidates it endorsed won election in 2020.
A group named SecularPro-life publishes a blog approaching the abortion question from a rational, science-based perspective.
Women bear workplace burden of pandemic, commission says
During a recent visit to the House Judiciary Committee, the Vermont Commission on Women, along with panelists Kiah Morris, Stephanie Seguino and Lisa Falcone, offered their insights into how the pandemic has disproportionately impacted women.
73% of the unemployment claims made in Vermont are from women. That does not include individuals who have been pushed out of the labor force due to the shutdown of schools and closures of childcare facilities.
Front line workers are also disproportionately women with 91% of Vermont’s nursing population identifying as female. This places them at a greater risk of contracting the virus and bringing it home to their loved ones.
Occupational segregation plays a large role in the increasing number of female unemployment claims. While travel bans and social distancing orders have pushed businesses to either lay off employees or shut down, workers in the service industry are left with no other option but to file for unemployment. Individuals with occupations such as food service, home health aides and housekeepers have been hit the hardest and are also female dominated.
Source: weekly report from House Judiciary Chair Maxine Grad (D-Moretown).
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