At a time when the NFL has been blatantly silent on whether, and to what extent, it supports the many women employees of the league office and various teams when it comes to repealing the 50-year right to privacy that gave them the ability to accept very personal and difficult decisions without government intervention, advocate for the Bengals Joe Burrow decided to add his voice to the raging national debate.
Issues are not black and white; he is buried in thick gray stripes. And Burrow is trying to help people understand the difference.
“I’m not for killing babies‘ he wrote on Instagram via ESPN.com’s Ben Baby. “I’m with Becky, who discovered on a 20-week anatomical scan that the baby she so wanted to bring into this world had developed without life support. I’m with Susan, who was sexually assaulted on her way home from work only to come to the horrifying realization that her assailant had planted his seed in her when she got a positive pregnancy test a month later. I’m with Teresa, who was bleeding from a placental abruption, leaving her parents, husband, and children to make the impossible decision of whether to save her or her unborn child. I’m for little Cathy, who was robbed of her innocence by someone she had to trust, and her 11-year-old body was not mature enough to bear the consequences of this betrayal.
This is a great explanation of a nuance that is often overlooked when considering this topic. The problem is that Friday’s decision allows the various states to ignore any nuance if they want to.
By returning such important questions to the states, the country will become (if it hasn’t already become) Balkanized, with the states of two completely different lands interspersed in the same outer border, and people will decide where to live, not based on geographical location. family preferences or location or job opportunities, but whether the laws of that particular state match the version of America they subscribe to.