Amarillo’s five-member — and all-male — city council has me scratching my noggin over a highly dubious law it is considering for approval.
Let’s see how this works. The city is considering a ban on people using public roadways if they intend to travel through the city to obtain an abortion.
This prompts what — to me, at least — is an obvious question: How in the name of Big Brother does the city enforce such a law?
Amarillo, where I lived for 23 years before my wife and I relocated to the D/FW Metroplex, is the largest Texas city to ponder such a screwball idea. The city is getting plenty of pushback on it and the council so far is unable to make a decision.
This week, the council conducted a special meeting at the civic center to accommodate the crowd attending, but it didn’t allow any public comment.
This notion is being pushed by those on the far right who oppose abortion to the extent that they want to make it illegal for a woman to obtain one. The Amarillo City Council is considering whether to weigh in on it.
I am shaking my head over this goofy notion. I want to stipulate that the council contains not a single woman. These all are men making a decision that involves whether a woman can control her body.
I’ll get back to my point, which is that such a law is unenforceable! How do police track the traffic? How does anyone determine whether an occupant in the vehicle is heading for an out-of-state medical clinic to obtain an abortion?
And aren’t the right-wingers of this world opposed to big government, that they oppose the Big Brother imposing his will on the people? Oh, wait. I almost forgot! Their anti-Big Brother posture applies only to those issues that don’t get ’em all riled up.
This is about the slipperiest slope I have ever seen … ever!