I’ve been really pissed off over the past few weeks watching various news reports on bills around the country that are affecting womens’ health and reproductive liberties.
It’s flat out an assault on women. It’s disgusting, immoral and unethical.
To put it in Texan terms, it just ain’t right.
Here’s what I’m talking about:
A bill in Texas has passed the House that would require a woman to have a sonogram before she has an abortion. This bill is flat out rape.
To quote the president of the Planned Parenthood in Lubbock, Tony Thornton, “We’ve always done sonograms, the information has always been there, and so it’s not providing additional information that she was not allowed to have; this is forcing her,” he said.
Last time I checked, forcing a woman to have something done to her body that she doesn’t want done is called rape.
Georgia lawmakers are proposing a bill that would “criminalize miscarriages” and make abortion illegal.
The numbers vary, but I wonder if those men know that anywhere from 10 -25 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage. It’s also a highly highly emotional time for a woman. To put a woman who just lost a baby under investigation is emotional rape.
Ohio has just introduced a bill saying that abortions will be illegal after the first heartbeat is detected. Most women don’t even know they’re pregnant that early, except the ones who are trying, and they ain’t the ones getting abortions done.
And if you all think that the Republicans are the only ones doing this shit. You’re wrong. A big supporter of the Ohio bill is Sen. Jason Wilson, D-Columbiana.
They all lie y’all. All of them. We can’t trust our government anymore. Government is supposed to protect and serve us. They aren’t supposed to sneak in and pull the rug out from under us while we’re fighting for our kids’ schools, and trying to raise children.
I think this one pisses me off the most because it’s been introduced by a female Democrat, Melody McCray-Miller even though it’s not really the worst one. Kansas lawmakers are proposing that all births have paternity tests. It’s just fucking stupid. If people refused the paternity test, courts would intervene. Even people who are married and working on their second or third (or whatever) child. Thanks Miller. Oh, by the way, one of her committee assignments is children’s issues.
But wait! There’s more!
Minnesota Republicans have introduced a bill making it illegal for women to have abortions after 20 weeks.
Okay, I know this one is controversial, but seriously? Women don’t have abortions at that stage because they didn’t know they were pregnant, or because they just didn’t get around to it. They do it because there is a reason, a damn good reason.
To be clear, I’m not some big abortion advocate. I don’t like it anymore than anyone else. But I’m pro-choice. I think women have to be able to choose whether they birth a child.
The fact is, abortion happens. It’s going to happen whether it’s legal or not.
When you add in the fact that various states are making it harder or illegal for women to make that choice, you will start to put it into economical terms.
When doctors and states and insurance companies start to capitalize on fear and ignorance, it will come with a high price, turning it into a class issue.
Aside from all that. Making health and reproductive decisions legal or illegal is NOT the answer.
Education is the answer.
Instead of criminalizing women, who are typically young, over a huge life decision, let’s educate them.
Educating young women about their bodies and about motherhood is the answer.
Not this shit.
And you know, it’s shit.
Here’s another idea. If we can make it so that whenever a woman has an accidental pregnancy, the man who got her pregnant has to come in and get anally probed, then at least it will be fair all around.
I wonder if then, we might make some better decisions about these things.