Good Thursday morning. Here’s a look at opinion content published in The Journal News today, Feb. 3:
Women’s rights: Editorial
We comment on House Resolution 3, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” a Congressional measure that aims to permanently restrict the use of Medicaid and other federal money for abortions. The bill, seemingly a priority for the Republican majority, would be a step backward, we conclude. We write:
… It goes further than previous measures, however, by only authorizing funding for victims who were subject to “forcible rape.” In other words, it would not simply do to be the victim of a heinous crime, the woman would have to have the bruises to prove it. …
… Adding the adjective “forcible” would further limit abortion access — the stated goal of its supporters — by disallowing abortions for minors in consensual sexual relationships that are legally considered “statutory rape.” The “forcible rape” exclusion, presumptively, would also bar victims who, while not subjected to physical force or coercion, are nonetheless rape victims — for example, a woman incapacitated by a “date rape” drug, a nursing home patient under sedation, or an inebriated college student. The criminal law does not require these victims to present cuts and bruises to convict their assailants; it is still understood that they are crime victims. As these same victims seek medical treatment, backers of the proposed new restrictions would heighten their proof — at once turning back the clock on how society defines sexual assault.
Phil Reisman assesses this winter’s barrage of harsh weather and talks with an expert, National Weather Service cooperative observer Jerome Thaler of Yorktown Heights. Rest assured, our region has endured worse.
Westchester’s budget: Commentary
Charmian Neary of Rye, who has been active in local politics, primarily in Democratic campaigns, raises questions about the $1.78 billion Westchester County budget passed last month by the Board of Legislators.
Historic preservation: Commentary
Tom Wright of Stony Point replies to a Jan. 16 Community View piece on historic preservation in Rockland. Wright argues that preservation must be undertaken with real consideration of a building’s location and of the financial resources required to preserve it.
A new assault on women’s rights: Editorial, Albany Times Union
Put budget cuts in perspective: Editorial, Newsday
Cuomo budget brings the pain: Editorial, Poughkeepsie Journal
A Senate flashback: Editorial, Albany Times Union