Abortion is at the top of this Roevember’s ballot. At its root, abortion laws are about the subjugation of women and keeping women as second class citizens in society.
That’s saying the quiet part out loud. What the sanctimonious GOPers proclaim instead is the “sanctity of life” how utterly precious a collection of cells that can develop into a human being is.
Yes, the GOP is all for you when you’re in the womb. They are your champions. It’s when you’re born that you’re SOL and they disappear. Here’s the ad which perfectly encapsulates this theater of the culture war.
Edward Szall and Lauren Witzke openly admit that the dystopian future portrayed in Rep. Eric Swalwell's ad is precisely what they want: "As a Christian nationalist, I didn't see anything wrong with what those police were doing. That's my kind of America." https://t.co/jKjfb1vlSQ pic.twitter.com/9HuC7gAnoc
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) October 20, 2022
And of course this clown, Dalton Clodfelter, cosigns on this as well.
Nobody can accuse Rep. Eric Swalwell of exaggerating with this ad, because MAGA fascists like Dalton Clodfelter are openly saying that this is exactly what they want to see: "Arrest these whores." https://t.co/jKjfb1dcEI pic.twitter.com/pdnUBGqnKE
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) October 20, 2022
In the real world, girls and women get pregnant all the time, for a variety of reasons, ranging from rape to carelessness. Ursula K. LeGuin got an abortion when she was an undergraduate at Radcliffe. Some years later she wrote this about the experience.
“What was it like, in the Dark Ages when abortion was a crime, for the girl whose dad couldn’t borrow cash, as my dad could? What was it like for the girl who couldn’t even tell her dad, because he would go crazy with shame and rage? Who couldn’t tell her mother? Who had to go alone to that filthy room and put herself body and soul into the hands of a professional criminal?–because that is what every doctor who did an abortion was, whether he was an extortionist or an idealist. You know what it was like for her. You know and I know; that is why we are here. We are not going back to the Dark Ages. We are not going to let anybody in this country have that kind of power over any girl or woman. There are great powers, outside the government and in it, trying to legislate the return of darkness. We are not great powers. But we are the light. Nobody can put us out.”
I don’t think LeGuin “murdered” anybody. She was lucky enough, as she said, to be able to find a way to terminate the pregnancy which didn’t cost her her own life.
Abortion is a horrifically emotional thing and it also is a personal choice. Women need to have autonomy over their own bodies. To not have such autonomy is to be a second class citizen, the property of the state.
And of course the sublime hypocrisy is all the Republican legislators, or candidates, such as Herschel Walker, who have un-hesitatingly paid for abortions, and jimmy pronto, when it threatened to rock their own personal boat.
Let’s see what happens at the ballot box in a few weeks. We know that Mike Pence is predicting a GOP blowout, because in the world in which he dwells, abortion is the holiest of holies. Let’s see if the average American casting a ballot goes along with that assessment.
You said it Ursula! Time for women to band together along with the men who love them, and VOTE THESE BASTARDS BACK TO HELL, which, for them, is out of power & all the perks that come with it.
Anyone else remember Madonna’s song, “Papa Don’t Preach?” The story in the song is about a presumably teenage girl who found out she was pregnant and she intended on keeping the baby (even though all her friends told her to get rid of it); her main issue was trying to talk to/with her father about it and having him not get all “preachy” about it.
While a lot of pro-choice people were unhappy with the song (Madonna was incredibly popular at the time with teen girls and widely seen as a role model so a song about teen pregnancy and keeping the baby was seen as a bit irresponsible), it turned out the right-wing was even more upset. There was even one Catholic priest who created a parody video called “Madonna Don’t Preach” (complete with a chorus of preteen kids–in retrospect, not the least bit creepy); the point of the song/video was that Madonna was, in his view, backtalking to her father and wasn’t going to do as her father told her to do. And, incredibly, THAT seemed to be the source of the right-wing’s outrage about the song: That a girl had already decided on her course of action and wanted her dad to support her action instead of just telling her what to do. And, of course, there were only two alternatives to the situation: One, she gets an abortion (as her friends advised); or two, she goes through the full pregnancy and then gives up the child for adoption.
We always hear the “horror” stories presented by right-winger, forced-birthers about how women “regret” their abortions but we almost never hear the real horror stories of women who gave up their children for adoption, mainly because they couldn’t get an abortion. (And, of course, adoption has another victim as well: The child. Not all adopted children wind up in long-term loving, caring homes; things may start off nicely but can turn ugly. Most are lucky but, even the “lucky” ones may wind up having questions about who they “really” are and why they were “abandoned,” etc.)
I have yet to hear/read any woman state they regretted terminating their pregnancy. Every single one I’ve seen/heard states they made the correct decision. The horror stories put out by the RWNJ’s are just that-stories–and nothing more. They contain not one iota of truth, fact, or anything other than what the worms in their brains spew.