When women aren’t called upon to discuss the realities of our lives, we are left with men discussing the contents of our medicine cabinets as if they were “culture wars” or “assaults on religious freedom.”
Posts Categorized: Abortion Rights/Reproductive Issues
. Not only did I feel the disparities that come with being a young adult new to the workforce, but I also experienced the disparities of being a woman in my reproductive years. Finding a plan that would provide similar benefits and at a comparable cost of what many of my male friends were paying, proved to be impossible.
In addition, hearing President Obama stand behind this condescending, disempowering overreach of young women (and all women) with a nod to the feelings of parents doesn’t feel any better. Reproductive justice includes the fundamental right to self-determination.
The Republican presidential primaries are offering a disturbing glimpse into the supposed conservative vision for this country. In this right-wing utopia, women will no longer be able to exercise the right to control their bodies, plan their families or safeguard their own health. The church and the state will tell women what is best for them, and religious entities’ “liberty” will consistently trump individual women’s right to live and work free from discrimination and in accordance with their own religious and moral beliefs.
When the bishops didn’t get everything they wanted, GOP legislators took up the charge, with a twist: Now they want to give a pass to any employer that claims providing their employees with access to birth control coverage goes against their religious beliefs. I shudder to think how many women such a loophole would affect.
Earlier this month, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius pulled rank on the FDA, overruling the agency’s carefully considered decision to eliminate the discriminatory age restriction on a safe and effective form of emergency contraception.
Women trying to access reproductive health care are often subjected to threats, harassment and legislative roadblocks. The latest barriers are “TRAP” laws — Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers — designed to shut down clinics that perform abortions.
Dr. LeRoy Carhart’s clinic in Germantown, Maryland, is currently the target of the anti-choice movement lead by Operation Rescue. They have chosen to target Dr. Carhart because the procedures he performs include later-term abortions.
Prior to the beginning of this 112th Congress, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) had his chief of staff meet with Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry, and just weeks ago Governor Sam Brownback (R-KS) appointed a former attorney for Operation Rescue, Rick Macias, to a state board that has authority to regulate abortion providers. The phrase “palling around with terrorists” does come to mind.
No one wants to be called or thought of as a slut. So what happens when something that only happens to “dumb sluts” happens to you?