For centuries untold, women have fought to gain control over what happens to THEM. By that I mean their lives, futures, and their bodies. We have been used as chattel for nations, peace treaties for tribes, booty for war parties, simply baby factories for rulers or wealthy patriarchs to try to get as many sons as possible to fight over inheritances and favors, disgusted father to unload as a burden to feed as fast as he could find a sucker to take her, and so on. We have rarely been considered as an ASSET to anyone and that included our own mothers.
We were, to put it bluntly, unwanted from birth.
Our fathers wanted a son. Our mothers were made to feel they’d failed him if the child came out without the required equipment, so they were not thrilled with us either.
Then it went downhill from there.
But times have changed and we are realizing that we have worth. Intrinsic worth. That means we were born with it and it is something to be proud of and stand tall with. It is something that no one can take away unless we allow it.
Within the past hundred years, women in the United States of America have gained the Right to Vote, the right to have their own lines of credit separate from their husband or other male member of their families, the right to own real property in their own name, the right of inheritance, and, just recently, the right not to be sexually harassed in the workplace.
We are still working on some rights for women and we have had some setbacks. Most notably in April 2022, the State of Tennessee voted to legalize marriage of girls as young as 10 years old. That goes back to the old patriarchal belief that “if she is old enough to bleed, she’s old enough to breed.” It’s crude, completely overlooks the fact that it involves a child with an under-developed body and mind, and caters to pedophiles. That’s beside the fact that sex with a child that age is child abuse. But now, if she comes into an OBGYN pregnant at 11, he is covered by the law because she is his wife. I am outraged. I want to know just what the TN legislature AND the Governor thought they were doing. This is pure evil. The TN legislature is 132 members (probably some voted against) and the Governor. That’s what we’re up against.
Then in TX ( among other states), they are trying to shut down all reproductive health clinics. This boggles my mind. These clinics provide FAR MORE than just abortions, but that is the main thrust of their ire. They also provide:
- Birth control pills
- Depo Provera injections
- Ultrasound exams
- well woman exams
- sexual disease treatment for syphilis, gonorrhea, herpes, scabies, chlamydia, trichomonas, HPV, HIV/AIDS, and more
- Pregnancy testing
- Infertility treatment
The abortions are a tiny percentage of what they do if you look at their records. They are not done as a “birth control” measure of choice. They are done because something else FAILED. (That’s a long list I won’t go into here.) Surveys of women who come in for the procedure really don’t want to do it, but are forced into it by a myriad of factors such as:
- Unstable home life
- Mental health
- Social stigma
- result of a crime (rape/incest)
My point is this: being for/against the termination of a pregnancy is a personal decision that can be colored by many factors including religion. It is an intensely personal, medical, and above all else, PRIVATE decision by that woman. No one, including the male involved, has a right to interfere with that decision. It is her body and her decision to make. If you don’t want one, don’t get one. But keep your beliefs to yourself. Your nose does not belong six inches up inside her vagina. She has a Constitutional Right to Privacy under HIPAA and she has the Right to the Pursuit of Happiness under the Declaration of Independence. If that means she terminates that particular pregnancy, so be it. She is a full-fledged Human under the law with all Rights under the law. You aren’t denying those blue pills to the guys because their impotence is God’s will, are you?
Women do not want to be better than men-although many times they are. We just want to stand on a level playing field. Then let’s play ball and see who wins.
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