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26 March 2012 @ 10:23 am
Politics: The War on Women  
Alaska State Rep. Alan Dick says women should get written permission slips from their impregnators if they want to have an abortion

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett rationalizes ultrasound bill by saying: "I'm not making anybody watch, okay, because you just have to close your eyes."

Idaho lawmaker, Chuck Winder, suggests that women use rape as an excuse for getting abortions

In Georgia, eight women state senators walk out of the Senate chambers, protesting the passing of two bills that would limit access to abortion and contraceptives

Utah Senate passed bill for women seeking abortion to wait 72-hours

Georgia senate panel approves "fetal pain" anti-abortion bill

Wisconsin to ban some abortion coverage and altering sex education by only teaching abstinence as the preferred method of birth control

Tennessee abortion bill would publicize names of the doctors who performed abortions, along with identifying the patients

Texas Sen. Wendy Davis' office was firebombed due to her outspoken support for Planned Parenthood

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These are just some of recent issues concerning the attack on women's rights that have been happening over the last several weeks, and this isn't even the tip of the iceberg of this fight women are going through here in the States. What's deeply disturbing is how women's rights are continually being fought over in this day and age, and how anyone can think it's morally okay to deny basic human rights from someone just because of their gender. Or their sexual orientation or their ethnicity, for that matter. But that is precisely what has been happening, and it's been happening for quite some time now.

And why is this? Because of men.

Old white conservative men are enforcing these laws, making these restrictions and attempting to limit women having control over their own body autonomy. They make it so they can be completely invasive over women's privacy, often forcing, manipulating, humiliating and shaming them in the process and hiding behind religious statements that unfortunately is a huge manipulating tool for these people since they are pandering to those with similar mindsets, and it just spreads like poison. These men feel so threatened by women that they feel the only way to control them is by taking away their rights, and because the unfortunate truth is that us women are still considered a minority, still having to prove ourselves worthy to be in the same ranks and treated with respect by our male counterparts, they are still able to take away our rights and limiting access to things that we need (ex. birth control, Planned Parenthood, sex education, etc.)

The thing is this isn't just about abortion. It's about the right to body autonomy. It's about right of getting proper education and information on something so we can make our own decisions for ourselves. It's about the right to be treated equally, to be allowed to work, to fight, to stay at home, to make our own choices about the lives we want to live without anyone threatening otherwise.

At the end of the day, no matter what your personal opinion is on a certain issue, you have no right to impose on the choice of another. End of story.
 
 
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Renée: Hermione. Fight & Defend.rogueslayer452 on March 27th, 2012 06:11 pm (UTC)
Even if they were to put themselves in women's shoes, some of them would probably say the same thing. Because in their minds they would think, "even if I were the woman in this situation I still wouldn't want to go against God's plan for me." Battering religion into the issue is the wrong approach, it's a manipulative tool to scare and shame women.

What's worse is how all the Republican presidential candidates are very anti-women. Just think, having one of them in office and them forcefully taking away any kind of progression we've made in making things safer for women. Including Planned Parenthood.