Most important issue of 2018: Reproductive rights or free speech? | The Tylt
Most important issue of 2018: Reproductive rights or free speech?
Ahead of the 2018 midterms, we want Tylters to tell us where they stand on the most important issues of our time. Whether it's healthcare, immigration, climate change or gun control, we want to know which issues are the most important to you.
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The Trump administration has made no secret of its intention to roll back women's reproductive rights, and in many places, they've already exceeding. NARAL Pro-Choice America quantified the damage to women's health, as well as victories for the pro-choice movement, in an annual report:
While anti-choice legislators and organizations feel emboldened to eliminate access to abortion and contraception by any means necessary, NARAL members and the legislators who stand with us will continue to push pro-active, pro-choice policy in state houses across the country. These pro-choice laws cover a wide-range of reproductive rights, including expanding access to birth control, protecting pregnant women in the workplace, and ensuring abortion remains legal and accessible.
Many argue protecting free speech is the defining issue of our time. Many conservative thinkers, in particular, continue to be shouted down or disinvited from college campuses, and some argue the attack on free speech threatens to undermine all of our freedoms.
Attacks on unpopular speech in the universities can only make that threat worse, by undermining cultural support for freedom of speech and setting a precedent for speech suppression. Progressives who minimize the problem and excuse shout-downs as mere rudeness or challenge do so at their own peril.
If it's not safe to express differing views on a college campus, when will it ever be okay? Conservatives argue an obsession with political correctness is threatening to undermine everything that makes us free, and our representative must promise to defend free speech, even if it's speech they don't like.