Niagara Gazette

June 7, 2013

HAMILTON: Governor's inequality bill kills our babies and us

By Ken Hamilton
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing what he calls a Women’s Equality Act, and because I believe in equality, I have to ask, “Does anyone rationally understand what equality means anymore?”

How you come out of any logical conversation is largely continent upon where you entered that same conversation. But when we start by simply calling something ‘unequal’, it may not rationally make it so.

So that students rationally understand physics, their teachers often ask them, “Which is heaviest — a ton of feathers or a ton of bricks?”

Logically, it would be the bricks, of course; because a single brick is much heavier than a single feather. However, when looking for an equality of weight, rather than an equality of volume, if you are more rational than a fifth-grader, then you know that both are equal — because a ton of each is still a ton of each.

Thus it is, regardless of the video on Governor Cuomo’s web page that starts with two similarly adorned and adorable, newly born babies lying in plastic nursery cribs. The narrator says that they were born in the same hospital, on the same day, at the same time, and will later enter the same profession; but one will earn, on average, $11,000 less a year.

The narrator then speaks of other apparent projected disparities that have more to do with single-parenthood than it does with sex; including that one is twice as likely to become a single parent that lives in poverty.

Then the video colors one of the baby’s skullcaps blue and the other’s pink as the narrator asks, “Why; because one is a girl.”

“It’s not right, it’s not fair, it’s time for a women’s equality act,” he closes out saying, as the words “equal work, equal pay, equal choice, equal chance,” appears.

And it is all so equally cutesy, and manipulatively unequal, too; specifically the choice and chance parts.

Lying in the governor’s bill is a provision for the extension of late term abortions. According to the Department of Health’s vital statistics tables, there were already 102,678 abortions in the last year of record, as opposed to 813 homicides. That means that nearly 43 percent of all pregnancies ended in stainless steel buckets, instead of in the governor’s plastic nursery cribs. For African-American pregnancies, 43,713 aborted black babies, as opposed to a relatively mere 437 black homicides. As many in New York’s state and local leadership believe that our chief problem is population loss, where in the governor’s bill is the equality for those lost girls and boys who will never even have a ‘chance’ to compare annual salaries?

And about ‘choice’; one has to ask if ‘equality’ means that both parents have an equal ‘choice’ in determining if their babies are born or not? Is equality ‘equal’ when granting just the woman the right to choose between either aborting the man’s baby; or her possibly becoming one of those aforementioned single parents, by encumbering the man, for a third of his life, with a child that he may or may not want? Where is the man’s choice, seeing how he is subject to the woman’s choice and chance of him becoming a poverty-stricken, possibly imprisoned, absentee parent?

Since there are 6 percent more women in New York state than men, would not, for the sake of equality, the governor’s bill have in it a provision that requires that 6 percent more girl baby be aborted than boys? And because women live, on average, four and one-half years longer than men, shouldn’t we consider equality of longevity between the sexes by having an equality provision in the governor’s ‘equality’ bill that will either enhance end-of-life treatments for men, or deny certain end-of-life health treatments for women? If not, all things made equal, in the governor’s eyes, then, on lifetime averages, wouldn’t men inevitably make less than women?

Do you really have to be hit by a ton of physics student’s bricks to see that this bill seemingly has less to do with equality and more to do with political empowerment — and isn’t that what is killing both our babies and us?

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