On January 22, 2019 New York City passed an updated abortion law by passing a bill in the state. The bill was signed by Governor Andres Cuomo. Which changes some of their previous abortion laws but does not change all.
One of the major changes is that after 24 weeks, if the mother's health is at risk or the fetus is not viable, the baby can still be aborted. Before this bill the law was limited to abort after 24 weeks if the mother's life was at risk. Another part of the law allows other medical practitioners to preform the procedure besides just doctors.
This law gives the mother more time to think and to decide if she wants an abortion. It also allows supports the Roe v. Wade law that states, "Every individual who becomes pregnant has the fundamental right to choose to carry the pregnancy to term, to give birth to a child, or to have an abortion, pursuant to this article."
This law has also brought up a lot of commotion, one, because the changing on the wording from "mother's life at risk" to "mother's health at risk" could be a numerous of things and is broad because mental health could be put into that category. Second, the law brings up the brutality in how the procedure is performed because it will be being practiced on 24 week old fetus that are developed enough to look like a child and could live out of a mother's body with medical help if needed.
Do you believe this law should be aloud to get passed within a state? Or do you believe the Government should be in control? Would you feel comfortable living in a state with a law as such? Also do you think the law has greater benefits because of this change? Or greater cons?
A frequently debated topic found in youth and young adult culture today is the idea of voting. "Does my vote really matter?" teens ask. Well, in short, the answer is yes. Why wouldn't you vote? What harm would come from it? First of all, government policies effect youth as well as adults. For example, in 2015 a bill was introduced that would make many expensive textbooks open-sourced (AKA: cheaper). Knowing about what policies effect you can help you to make an informed and important vote. Many young people do not take this into consideration when deciding whether or not to vote, but it is a crucial point. Second, we live in a representative republic (very different from a democracy, even though schools teach that we are a democracy), and our right to vote at the age of 18 was not obtained until 1971, when the 26th Amendment was passed. This gave young people the power to change the future to one that is beneficial for them, so why not take advantage of it? And finally, the younger generations are most underrepresented in votes. Older demographics tend to vote consistently, and under the same beliefs. Our generation(s) need to be represented, and who better to represent our generation(s) than ourselves?
Do you think it is important for youth and young adults to vote? Why, or why not? Is every vote important?
This week, Bernie Sanders plans to reintroduce a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. If Bernie Sanders runs for President in 2020, this would be a key issue to fight for. However, this is expected to die in Congress. It was introduced in 2015 and again in 2017 but was stalled both times. Minimum wage has not been raised since 2009, when it was changed to $7.25. 29 states and Washington D.C. have since adopted higher wages. Raising the minimum wage would have benefits such as boosting the economy, encourage people to stay at their jobs instead of seeking higher-paying jobs, less workers would have to rely on government programs. By raising the minimum wage, there would also be some issues. If the minimum wage was raised to $15, it is expected that two million employees would be laid off, it could encourage more people to drop out of high school since they would be making a higher rate, and increase the price of items because of higher labor costs.
Do you think that it would be fair to have the minimum wage raised to $15? Should the federal government have this power or should it be left up to the individual states to decide what the minimum wage should be? Do you think that jobs that are currently over minimum wage should be raised to $15 or should they be raised higher?
The American government, as of January 8, 2018, is shutdown over President Donald Trump’s campaign promise of building a border wall between Mexico and the United States. This shutdown began on December 22, 2018 and has left thousands of government employees without a job and even more without a paycheck. Approximately 380,000 federal workers have been placed on unpaid leave while an additional 420,000 employees have been required to work without pay. Examples of the “essential” people that have to work are FBI and Secret Service agents. In response, some TSA agents in major airports called in “sick” in protest this non-paid work.
The proposed $5.7 billion required to fund the project has led many in Washington to dig in for the long haul. President Trump stated that he might continue the government closure for months or even years if no agreement is reached between the Republicans and Democrats in Washington. In an attempt to gain public support for the bill, President Trump gave an address to the nation on the reasons for building a wall and increasing border security. The speech is linked below.
So, what do you have to say about Washington grinding to a halt? How should this be dealt with? Should the top priority be to secure our borders or does that money need to go into other facets of the government or something else?
President Trump’s Address: https://www.politico.com/video/2019/01/08/president-trumps-full-oval-office-address-067608