Okay folks, can I just start by saying there’s nothing quite like turning on twitter and reading that yet another WASP (white, anglo-saxon, protestant) male in the United States Congress wants to define what is or is not rape.Trigger, freaking, warning. I’m still fairly shaking with rage.
The Republicans and conservatives in this country don’t think rape is rape, they don’t think women should be believed when rape is reported, they think some rapes are legitimate, some rapes are forcible, and some rapes are actually a case of morning-after regret. All of that is bullshit.
President Obama said it best: “rape is rape.”
And Representative Todd Akin has done all of us a favor by bringing to light once again exactly how little respect and care for women Republicans and conservatives have.
Let us not forget, shoot, let us scream from the rooftops and balconies that Mitt Romney’s Vice Presidential nominee, Paul Ryan, co-authored HR3, a bill that. among other awful things, attempts to differentiate between rape and “forcible rape.” I’m not trying to be hyperbolic when I say this upcoming Presidential election literally has women’s lives hanging in the balance. Obama, 2012. Boom.
Amongst many excellent responses to Akin comes a very powerful piece by Eve Ensler:
I am asking you and the GOP to get out of my body, out of my vagina, my womb, to get out of all of our bodies. These are not your decisions to make. These are not your words to define.
Why don’t you spend your time ending rape rather than redefining it? Spend your energy going after those perpetrators who so easily destroy women rather than parsing out manipulative language that minimizes their destruction.
And by the way you’ve just given millions of women a very good reason to make sure you never get elected again, and an insanely good reason to rise.
A young woman in the Dominican Republic, nick-named Esperanza in order to protect her identity, has died of complications from leukemia. That fact is tragic in and of itself. But get this: since she was found to be nine weeks pregnant early on in the diagnostic process, she was unable to receive treatment for leukemia as said treatment surely would have terminated her pregnancy. Now, she’s dead.
The U.S. Airforce Academy generally admits only the brightest and best students. So that’s why they have a policy for the morning after pill written to women as if they were first graders. Seriously, look at this steaming pile of crap:
Why does the clinic require that we meet with a provider to receive Plan B emergency contraception?
The Cadet Clinic requires women to speak with a health care provider prior to receiving Plan B because we feel it is important that women understand its appropriate use, how it works, and how effective it is. Women have previously requested Plan B inappropriately. For example, a few weeks ago, a woman who was regularly using condoms and hormonal contraception without failure of one of those methods requested Plan B. Use of plan B without a recent contraception failure is unnecessary. It is important for women to understand how their primary and backup contraception works and how Plan B might affect their cycle.
Women should also have the opportunity to discuss moral, religious, and political concerns and controversies surrounding this medication. We would hate to think of a patient taking the medication and later hearing about some of these concerns and potentially regretting their choice. Some providers reserve the right to not prescribe Plan due to personal reasons.
I suppose that excerpt works as exhibit fifty-bilion that infantising women and failing to accept that yes, women do get to have the agency to both have sex and request pregnancy prevention from their provider as their right, is still going strong in this country.
The GOP will be adding an amendment to their official party platform heading into their convention about you guessed it, abortion! It’s called the Fetuses over bitches, all day, every day, CHEAAA! clause. According to the new addition to their GOP family platform (see what I did there) abortion is not tolerated in any instance. Supporters and media alike are calling it a “tough pro-life stance.” Of course, since women are not people (in their eyes), the lives of women don’t actually count. How’s that for an exception.
I guess some women that oppose abortion are going on a bus tour in Iowa. Or around Des Moines. It’s not entirely clear where the bus tour is heading, but okay, use that free speech! Somehow, though, the “Women Speak Out: Abortion is Not Health Care” bus tour doesn’t quite have the same ring to it as say, “Nuns on a bus” or “Patients over Politics” bus tours.
A study published Monday reveals women that seek abortion are seven times as likely to have been abused. Even more reason to fight for pro-choice.
How one far-right piece of legislation manages to work its way into law in 20 different states.