State by state, bill by bill, American women are being methodically and systematically fucked.
Make no mistake. Bills and legislature passed in the guise of ‘protecting’ women’s health (I’m looking at you Texas) and those which put an unnecessary burden on a woman’s right to have an abortion (Yeah, that’s you Indiana) have nothing to do with protecting women. They have nothing to do with believing in life at conception.
Every time a bill is passed restricting abortion even further, it DOES NOT help women. Every time a decision is handed down allowing a corporation or business to refuse to cover birth control, it DOES NOT help women.
Making abortion difficult to get is NOT GOING TO STOP women seeking abortions. Making a law which requires all miscarriages and aborted fetuses to be cremated, as the one in Indiana does, DOES NOT help women. Forcing women to carry to term a fetus which has no viability outside of the womb or a limited, horrific quality of life, whether that pregnancy was longed for or not, is not fucking helping women.
In case the language I’ve chosen for this piece doesn’t make it clear, restricting or outright banning abortion in NO WAY HELPS WOMEN.
You know what it does? It squeezes women into situations whereby they are forced, legally, financially or emotionally to get screwed in more ways than the one that got them pregnant in the first place.
Forcing a woman to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term has implications ranging from psychological to financial. It is not being able to finish school or not going in the first place. It means fewer (if any) chances at promotions or a career track. It mean making even less on the dollar. It means forcing a woman to stay in an unhappy or even abusive relationship. And fuck you if you think the answer to that is to simply walking away.
Because where is she going to go?
The GOP and far-right have well and truly screwed women by continuing to restrict abortion, limiting birth control, cutting welfare programs and having ABSOLUTELY NO SAFETY NET for maternity leave or subsidized child care.
If the GOP and the far right cared so much about women and their potential children, they would have the world’s best maternity leave, free child care, free health care, pre-natal screening, quality education, and a welfare state that rivals Sweden’s.
But they don’t.
Because none of this is about helping women. It’s about keeping women in their place. And that place is NOT at the top of the food chain.
Restricting abortion and birth control has nothing to do with beliefs or religion. It has to do with regulating sexuality and further oppressing the poor and minorities. The far-right and parts of the GOP (and some Dems too) want to control who, when, where and how women have sex. They want them to keep their legs shut or live with the consequences. The consequences being of course, exactly what they are right now: Living in a society in which they are second-rate, second-best and at the mercy of a government made up of white men.
Don’t be fooled. When the senator’s daughter gets knocked up or the State Rep’s wife finds out the baby she is carrying has Trisomy, abortion will be an option. For those who have the means and the money, abortion will always remain an option, as it always has. You know who these laws are aimed at? The poor. Minorities. The very women who need easy access to abortion in the first place.
The female GOP base is starting to wake up to what a lot of us have seen for a while. Chip away here, chip away there. It’s all well and good when it doesn’t affect the rich and the white. But an outright ban would do just that. If American women don’t wake up and start fighting back, this will only be the beginning.
There is nothing ‘pro-life’ about these bills. If there were, the entire American society would be set up to HELP mothers (and fathers). From rigorous sex education, to birth control to federally funded, regulated day care to medical facilities set up to help those babies born with devastating diagnoses and counseling services for parents who have to needlessly watch their children die. There would be mandatory PAID parental leave for a start.
There would be anti-rape education and harsher sentences for rapists and domestic abusers. There would be better domestic violence programs and recovery programs. There would be service after service put into place to promote all the lives that were brought forth: wanted, unwanted, healthy or terminal.
Where are those things, Mike Pence? Where are those services Texas? You aren’t pro-life. You don’t care about my heath. You want to make sure I stay exactly where I belong. With just enough rights that I feel placated but without the authority to control my own body.
Screw you. This bitch is pissed.
The rest of you should be too.
If you should never underestimate the power of a pissed off woman, imagine the power of a whole country’s worth.