October 16th, 2011

bun: smite

I just want us all to remember...

This is how much the so-called "pro-life" people hate women.

We are nothing more than incubators.  We have no rights, not even the right to our own lives.

Just remember that, when someone tries to tell you that all women who want abortions are "lazy sluts who couldn't keep their legs closed".*

We do not require men to provide blood, tissue, nutrients, and space to a stranger for 9 months whether they want to or not; in fact, it's neither legal nor considered ethical (no, not even if it's Hitler being required to give blood to save Jesus).  Somehow, this thinking doesn't apply to women (because... babies?  That's a really fabulous lazy and bad argument).  Men are allowed bodily autonomy, but women are not?  Are our ladybrains so weak and unable to think that we can't weigh the ramifications of a choice in our heads?  And have these assholes ever heard about rape, the physical dangers of pregnancy (I guess it's an honour to die for the precious orphan that Republicans are trying very hard to ensure will starve on the streets), or even reproductive coercion

I have no personal stake in this battle; I made surgically sure I could never get pregnant years ago, and I have no daughters.  But I worry deeply about the future of all my world sisters.  Some of them may want children someday, and some of them may not.  Many of them die needlessly every day as long as there are people who fight against reproductive justice.  I want the mothers, the daughters, the sisters, the nieces, the women of the United States to always have that choice, and not be held to the unconstitutional** whim of religious woman-haters, many of whom think rape is no big deal (so refusing to have sex with them is probably not going to work).

Obama had better veto this one. 

*It goes without saying, of course, that "sluts" also deserve the absolute and unconditional right to make choices about the well-being of their own bodies.

**"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." (emphasis mine)

***Please note:  Anyone leaving a comment that says I'm a baby-killer, or slurs women, will be summarily deleted.  If your argument is that women are less important than a blastocyst, you're not an ally of women.  I'm just sayin'.