Posts made in February 18th, 2013

Criminalizing Pregnancy

Posted by on Feb 18, 2013 in Getting it Wrong, Politics, Women's Rights | 0 comments

This is the outcome, if not the ultimate goal, of the right wing’s constant dehumanization of women.  They do not care about life.  This is evident in their callous disregard for hungry children, their opposition to education and preschools.  But they do want to control women.  To that end they have gradually and successfully criminalized pregnancy.   Thanks to the radical right and their henchmen the Evangelicals and Fundamentalists we now have judges locking women in jail to prevent them from getting abortions.  Here’s the thing:  Abortion is legal in this country.  So let me say that again:  We have judges putting women in jail to keep them from getting abortions.  Not because they committed a crime but because they talked about getting a legal medical procedure which should be between the woman an her doctor.

http://www.examiner.com/article/report-judge-locks-woman-jail-cell-to-prevent-abortion-other-absurdities

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/03/14/956120/-Iowa-Woman-Jailed-for-Thinking-about-an-Abortion

Is this the kind of country you want to live in?  Seriously?  Because look at where this can go.

If women are required by law to either carry to term every single pregnancy they have or to die trying, then that means the government can requisition the organs of a poor person on the behalf of a rich person.  Crazy you say?  It’s the same idea.  A woman being required to die to provide life support for another being via her own body, whether she wants to or not with no regard for the damage done to her body is the same as slavery.  This is where the so called ‘pro-life’ people want to take this country.  If one person’s life is determined to be worth more than another’s than that person can decide what happens to the body of the less important person.  That’s their argument at its foundation.

 

So we have judges locking up innocent women to prevent them from accessing a legal medical procedure.  We also have hospitals in America letting women die because treatment might harm a fetus.  Of course they lose both the woman and the fetus but what do they care?  They exercised their control over that woman and her body.  If she had to die for them to prove their own control and might, so be it.  Yes the latest story is from Ireland but do not think for one minute this has not happened here in the US.  It has and it will.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/05/09/1090094/-Kansas-bill-lets-doctors-deny-chemotherapy-to-pregnant-women

http://reproductiverights.org/en/feature/the-protect-life-act-allowing-hospitals-to-ignore-women

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2232676/Savita-Halappanavar-dies-Irish-doctors-refuse-abortion-saying-This-Catholic-country.html

 

We also have nurses now organizing so they don’t have to provide medical care but only to women who want or need an abortion.  We already have pharmacists who think they know more than doctors about what medicines women need and for what purposes.  Now nurses too.  If you will not do your job, if you cannot do your job without discriminating against women and lets face this for what it is, power over women, not morality or conscience, it’s bullying when a woman is at her most vulnerable, then you should not be given a job in that field.  These nurses have chosen the wrong career path.  They demonstrably lack compassion.  But they have a belly full of judgmentalism.   http://jezebel.com/5863417/nurses-fight-for-their-right-to-refuse-women-care   

The practical upshot of this is that women cannot trust medical professionals to treat them with their best interests in mind.  No the best we can hope for is that women are vigilant enough to realize that the medical professionals do not care whether women live or die or whether they are traumatized or are in the middle of a crisis they are making worse.  The best women can hope for is to be educated enough to demand proper treatment because the politicians and religious leaders have decided what medical treatments women can have when and how.

This isn’t just about a woman’s right to her own bodily autonomy  this is about a woman’s human rights.  This is about the right wing trying to enslave women and reduce them to nothing more than walking incubators for their rape fantasies.

 

 

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