I share information for a living.
As a librarian, it's one of the core tenets of what I do. I share information in this weekly post. I share information on Twitter and my blog. I share information with my friends and family (probably to the point of annoyance).
Sharing information is something I am passionate about. I strongly believe that, in sharing information, we all become our better selves and, therefore, a stronger community.
Right now, there are attempts to keep people from sharing information. This is nothing new. People have always been afraid of information empowering others. It's why slaves were prohibited from learning to read. It's why totalitarian regimes only permit state sanctioned news. It's why there is a resurgence in banning books in schools [gift link] and even private businesses.
Now, anti-abortion legislatures are attempting to pass laws that prohibit others from telling pregnant people they can get abortion in other states. A particularly nasty piece of legislation making the rounds in South Carolina would prohibit websites from providing information about abortion. (Reading that law it could be interpreted that even a company like Comcast could be held liable for providing information about abortion.)
Aside from this disgusting me to the core, how do you even enforce these proposed laws? This is going to get unbelievably worse than it already is. It's designed to be complicated so that people will be too afraid to do anything.
That's the point. They want to scare people into silence.
I am against this. I am against all of this.
When people have complete access to information they can make fully informed decisions. When people have access to information, they can compare their options and pick the best choice for their needs. When people have access to information, they can learn that their fundamental human rights are being violated. When people have complete access to information, they can learn just who is trying to oppress them.
If people are trying to stop you from learning, ask yourself why. What are they hiding? What are they trying to prevent? Why? Then ask yourself why again.
Never be ashamed of asking questions. Never be ashamed of wanting to know more.
Information is a fundamental need. Information is a right. Information is education.
Information is power.