Abortion law, China trade war, Colorado shooting, Iran: Top columns - News Coverage

Abortion law, China trade war, Colorado shooting, Iran: Top columns

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In today’s fast-paced news environment, it can be hard to keep up. For your weekend reading, we’ve started in-case-you-missed-it compilations of some of the week’s top USA TODAY Opinion pieces. As always, thanks for reading, and for your feedback.

— USA TODAY Opinion editors

1. I was 12 years old and pregnant. Alabama’s abortion ban bill would punish girls like me.

By Shannon Dingle

“I was that 11-year-old pregnant by rape in Ohio, except I had just turned 12 and lived in Florida. There will be more children like us, including in Alabama when its near-total abortion ban, which doesn’t include exceptions to rape victims, goes into effect. … I know responses to my story will include ones about how what happened to me is rare. I’m the exception, not the norm, they’ll say. But I need you to know that every story is unique. Every discussion of abortion between a woman and her doctor is different. Something that might put one mother’s life or health at risk might not be a problem for someone else. This is why abortion can’t be dictated by legislators.”

2. US adversaries are watching us self-destruct as Trump foreign policy spins into chaos

By Tom Nichols

“Trump has avoided a major conflict so far through a combination of luck and the opportunism of America’s enemies. The Russians, Chinese, Iranians and others have not yet forced us into a crisis, remaining content instead to see the United States floundering about on its own. There is no need, after all, to destroy American power and prestige if the White House is willing to do all the same damage by itself. … The United States, and the international system it helped create, cannot continue indefinitely along a path of incoherence and ignorance.”

3. My teen girls were filmed, harassed by a lawmaker for praying outside Planned Parenthood

By Ashley Garecht

“I went to the Planned Parenthood in downtown Philadelphia to pray with my two teenage daughters and one of their friends … when a man approached us, yelling angrily at me and at the teenage girls with me. I found out later this man was a state representative of Pennsylvania — Brian Sims. … To be absolutely clear: Sims not only aggressively verbally accosted three minors, he also attempted to doxx them by offering a financial donation in exchange for their personal information. His actions were reprehensible and entirely unbecoming of any adult male, let alone an elected official.”

4. Real trade war: Trump fixates on tariffs while China pursues global digital domination

By Orit Frenkel

“What should keep American businesses and politicians up at night has little to do with levies on specific commodities or Chinese products. While Washington is targeting Beijing with tariffs over individual trade grievances, China has been laying the foundation to direct and influence digital trade — the booming engine of global commerce — unopposed, with deep pockets and grand ambitions. … What China is doing globally in this sphere has serious economic and national security implications for the United States today and well into the future. To the question of who will write the digital trade rules for the 21st century, the answer must be the United States. If the answer is China, we will have ceded the global digital future to Beijing.”

5. ‘Heartbeat bills’ reveal extremist anti-abortion view that values unborn over women

By Kirsten Powers

“Am I still a ‘pro-life’ Christian? My faith is as strong as ever, but today I’d say I’m like many Americans who see themselves both as pro-choice and pro-life. Personally, I don’t think I would have ever have had an abortion if I faced an unwanted pregnancy. But I know enough women who swore they were anti-abortion all the way up to the point when they saw the plus sign on that little white stick to know it’s pure hubris to say with certainty what decision I would have made. … The anti-abortion movement pays lip service to caring for women, but what the recent spate of laws shows us is that in the end there is only one thing they care about: the embryo or fetus.”

6. Why I left the Colorado school shooting vigil: Students want change but first let us mourn

By Fischer Argosino

“Although I know the students of STEM School Highlands Ranch intend to lead a charge for change, we need time to mourn the death of our friend, Kendrick (Castillo). We refuse to allow politicians to use our experience as some form of leverage such that we become just another gun debate. We will honor the memory of Kendrick Castillo and the sacrifice he made to save his class, and the school, from something far more devastating.”

7.  Trump is edging toward a disastrous war with Iran. Stop the brinkmanship

By Chris Murphy and Jim Himes

“The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost us nearly $6 trillion and over 14,000 U.S. lives, with success still on the distant horizon. Tragically, war is sometimes necessary to protect America and our interests. But picking a fight with Iran now is neither necessary nor remotely a good idea. We know how it ends. We are watching it begin. Now is the time to choose a wiser course.”

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