One of the things I will never understand about Americans is their collective fear of big government. They want Uncle Sam to have the least amount of power possible, except of course, when it comes to your private life.
In that case they want the government to be able to legislate what you do in the privacy of your own bedroom, who you can and cannot marry, what you can and cannot do with your own body and on and on.
Yesterday I posted a video of Sarah Slamen, a Texas resident who, during public testimony, told her lawmakers exactly what she thought about their support of bill SB 1, which will force the closure of all but six abortion clinics throughout the state and make abortions illegal after 20 weeks.
During her public admonishment she was unceremoniously cut-off by her own senator and escorted from the premises. Yes, free speech is alive and well in a country that purports to uphold said right.
Jesus, people. Seriously. In 2013, governments are still making abortion illegal? Really? Is this what it comes down to?
Regardless of anyone’s view on abortion, it is not a morality issue. Making abortions illegal will not stop them from happening. Instead, they will be replaced with back-alley abortions that will put the life of the mother at risk.
Saying that abortion is akin to murder is ignoring the complexities of the decision. There are a myriad of reasons that a woman decides to end her pregnancy ranging from generational abject poverty, drug addiction, health concerns, paternal abandonment, the list goes on.
The idea that a government wants to control what a woman does to her own body, through legislation that is based on ignorance, misogyny and lies, is archaic.
Many anti-choice advocates have difficulty holding two opposing thoughts in their brain at the same time. They can’t see that one can be pro-life, yet believe that women have the right to safe abortion facilities to protect their health and well-being.
To abandon their health, to strip them of safety, by simplifying the argument by labelling them as sluts, irresponsible, and reckless is to ignore the intense reality of the situation, and to abscond all tolerance for their individual predicaments.
I lived in Argentina for a year, where abortion is illegal, and I have to say that I was appalled that many machismo Argentines, who promote the importance of sex, and the right to have it with many different partners, would then demand that a woman have a baby, with no means to support it.
Fifty per cent of Argentines live in poverty, the infrastructure is crumbling, yet the government is insisting that poor women give birth to poor children. I mean, it’s the most ridiculous argument I have ever heard in my life. It ignores the problem that poor people, who are the least educated, and have limited means to escape their poverty, also have the most children. How is the government able to support all of these unwanted children in a country where opportunity does not exist?
What I would love to hear more from anti-choice, and moral crusaders, is solutions to these very real issues. Instead of calling pro-choice advocates murderers, and killing abortion doctors, why don’t they focus on how they are going to assist these women, and support them to have their children, rather than isolating, and shaming them into having a child they can’t raise.
Rather than being so concerned with a child’s right to life, how about they support legislation that protects the family and encourages and supports an institution they claim to care so much about?
Social programs are essential to ensure that poor children have the right to better their chances to succeed, yet the American government refuses to financially support these organizations, because tax payers don’t want to pay 1% more. And I’m not even addressing their moral outrage at any charity that concerns itself with women’s reproductive rights.
Even with the separation of church and state, Americans still enact laws that are Biblically influenced, which does not represent the individuals in the country who are not religious, or are of a different religion.
This is how infectious religion is on morality. In many countries that are governed by Muslim law, a woman who commits a “heinous” act, like displaying too much skin, or not wearing her hijab properly, cannot be brought to justice if she is a virgin. It is then perfectly legal for law enforcement to rape her, and then charge her, and now because she is no longer a virgin, and not married, she can be executed.
Americans often look at these countries like they are somehow more superior, but their treatment of women is just as atrocious, only that the violence is replaced with the slow erosion of rights.
The fact that insurance companies will not cover contraception but will cover Viagra, is a clear example of how biased policy makers are towards women.
Sex education is illegal in Texas. Why? I mean how irrational is it to believe that informing children about their bodies is going to promote sexual promiscuity? I took mandatory sex education when I was growing up, and I’ve always been in long-term monogamous relationships. What’s so wrong about learning how babies are made, and the proper names for our genitals, or what puberty is?
The reason provided by Americans is that it’s up to the parents to speak to their children about sex, but they’re not doing it. Instead they’re allowing their children to watch hyper-sexualized television, and Internet porn, both represent women as sexual objects.
My friend was at a photo shoot yesterday, and she remarked that the photographer kept complimenting her about her physical appearance, which made her feel uncomfortable. Like a lot of men, he believes that women want to be objectified, and complimented on how they look, rather than how they feel or think. It immediately disempowered her, and she couldn’t help but wonder how he would feel if every comment she made about him revolved around how he looked.
That’s beside the point though. I guess what I’m trying to say by mentioning that is that there are real problems with how we socialize men, and women, and that’s an issue we should address, rather than forcing women to have children. A woman is not an incubator, and her uterus should not be the property of anyone else, but her.
The double standard that a man’s insurance provider will provide him the means to get an erection, but then not cover a woman’s right to protect herself from pregnancy is INSANE! Especially when most men, who refuse to wear condoms, and then learn that their one-night stand is now pregnant with their child, quickly bail, leaving the mother to raise the child on her own.
And then, if she can’t do it, if she doesn’t have the financial or emotional support, her government is telling her that she must now lay in the bed that she made.
Oh boy. America, yes the land of many contradictions. Big government is bad if you have to pay taxes, but not if they want to legislate how you live your life.
I’m just glad I live in Canada.