Lately, we’ve seen a number of sweeping anti-abortion bills passed by North Carolina, Wisconsin, Ohio, Louisiana and other states in the radical right’s all-out assault on Roe v. Wade. I’m ashamed to admit this, but my state Senator Fred Mills and members of my own family either lobbied for it or voted for it here in Louisiana.
Let’s be absolutely clear — they will not be satisfied until there is an absolute ban on abortion nationwide, without exception — taking us back over 40 years to the world of back alley illegal abortions. More than that, many want to go back to a time when a woman had zero control over her reproductive choices other than to say “Oh sorry, I have a headache.” Yes, that means restricting access to the very thing that has slowly chipped away at the abortion rate for years — birth control.
I don’t like abortion. I don’t think anyone does. I’m pretty sure that no woman faced with an unwanted pregnancy looks forward to taking a couple of days off from work to make a trip to the clinic and then recover from the procedure. It is a hard and gut-wrenching decision that isn’t taken lightly by most women, or their partners. And yet, it is sadly necessary on a regular basis.
Few cases are more obvious than the 11 year old girl in Chile who was raped by her mother’s boyfriend and is now pregnant. I’m pretty sure she didn’t “make a bad decision” and she probably didn’t “ask for it” but as the law of the land currently stands, she will be forced to carry her rapist’s child to term, or possibly die in the process. If you think her situation is outrageous and draconian, it’s the very same restrictive theocratic rule that people like Rick Perry, Paul Ryan, Scott Walker and other members of the radical right want our wives and daughters to live under.
This isn’t a sensationalized news story or something made up to fill a slow news day on the corporate news channels. The sickening reality is it’s exactly what we have to look forward to as the GOP takes an ax to Roe v. Wade across the nation in the name of being “pro-life” — even as they try to block access to healthcare for the poor, pack the prisons with non-violent criminals and sign death sentences at record levels.
Let’s face it — these people are not “pro-life,” they’re pro-control over women and their bodies. If they were indeed pro-life, they’d do everything in their power to make sure that unwanted pregnancies didn’t happen in the first place, and if a child was born into poverty, it would have access to healthcare and an education. But that isn’t the case at all. It never was.
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