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Gloria Steinem: How Today’s Election Affects Women
This is the “personhood” movement she’s speaking about:
"The party platform includes a constitutional amendment to the U.S. Constitution which would make a direct relationship between the law and a fertilized egg, which is when they say life begins," Steinem warns. "What that would do in real life is nationalize women’s bodies. You could legally search a women’s womb to see if she was pregnant. You could forcibly restrain her for all nine months of her pregnancy." Though voters may be frustrated with the Democrats, they should take a hard look at these proposed Republican policies, she says. "It’s important that we recognize how extreme the Republicans are in almost every case and how against our self interest it is to vote for them whether or not we are disappointed with the current crew."
Via: Rachelle Janice
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Every sperm is sacred, from monty pyton. for those of you who weren’t going to click through on that link, i just had to include it!
it isn’t such a far cry from personhood, is it?
We need to make people aware of a serious, overlooked yet CRUCIAL element of life.
Sperm is the “start of a person”, and yet men everywhere recklessly abandon millions of these PEOPLE when they masturbate into tissues and trashcans everyday, and sometimes even at night while they sleep!
Won’t someone think about the BABIES! Personhood! OMG! SAVE THE PREBORN! We must ban men’s masturbation NOW!! BABIES! OMG BABIES! SAVE THEM! LIFE LIFE LIFE!! PERSONHOOD! We must make sure men feel ashamed of themselves every time they kill these people! We need to harrass them at adult video stores, threaten their safety! Carry signs! Drive around with billboards! Masturbation is AGAINST Biblical teachings! It’s a SIN! It’S MURDER! OMG THOU SHALL NOT KILL! This is NOT a difficult concept! Save the babies by shaming the evil, wicked men!
i am always reminded of the time that a local activist, brent cox, suggested that we give the anti-abortion protesters outside the clinic here a hard time by singing "every sperm is sacred" from monty python. i still think that’s a really great idea :)
I am filled with joy.
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we’re #1! we’re #1! unfortunately, here in mississippi #1 is rarely something that we can be proud of. we are first in the nation in teen birth rates, and infections of gonorrhea and chlamydia. we are also one of the most obese states, high in poverty rates, infant mortality rates and many other things that tell us that a lot needs to change in our state. as anyone reading the news lately is aware, homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism are rampant here.
now, it seems we have the chance to be #1 again in another way that is extremely damaging to women and girls: we are poised to be the first state to vote on and pass “personhood”. for years personhood initiatives run by anti-choice extremists have been working in states around the nation to have a fertilized egg classified as a person, with all the rights of a living, breathing human being. they say that life begins at conception, and hope that personhood if passed would ban abortion. however, the personhood debate goes so far beyond abortion that my mind boggles at the potential ramifications for women’s health and reproductive freedom. if these extremists have thought beyond abortion on this issue, they clearly do not care, believing that the end justifies the means in the realm of “baby saving”.
yet, despite several years of effort, personhood has received little attention and support from more mainstream anti-choice organizations and has not until now made it to a vote in mississippi. personhood mississippi has fallen short of gathering the necessary signatures for several years prior to this one, and getting those signatures is not an easy task. their success this year is likely due to less radical anti-choice advocates and organizations finally getting involved. in the past, it seems these organizations were hesitant to align themselves with les riley, an ultra conservative father of eleven and a member of the constitution party who advocates christians setting up their own “independent nation” in south carolina. i had the opportunity to hear riley speak at a “healthcare forum” in jackson that was basically a tea party, and i have to say that at best he comes off a slightly imbalanced. when visiting the personhood mississippi website many of the organizations one would expect to find endorsing such an initiative (such as the tupelo, ms based American Family Association) are conspicuously absent.
what would it mean if personhood were to pass in mississippi? the wording is so vague no one really knows, because so much would be up for interpretation after the fact. in a clarion ledger piece, felicia brown-williams the regional director of public policy for planned parenthood southeast notes:
…this initiative could potentially ban commonly prescribed forms of contraception like the pill and IUDs and could even prevent women who desperately want families from utilizing assisted reproductive technology like In-Vitro fertilization.
The people of Mississippi need to know that this amendment puts women’s health in real jeopardy. Potentially, a pregnant woman experiencing complications that threaten her life or health would be unable to obtain an abortion or seek treatment for a disease or condition that might harm the fetus. Doctors could be medically liable for prescribing the care that would protect the health of the woman.
questions that spring to my mind include:
these are just a few of the first things that spring into my mind, i am sure there are many more that may occur to you. make no mistake, just like all anti-choice extremists the advocates of personhood are the same people who don’t want any government assistance to keep the child alive once it is born; they are the same people who are against birth control and teaching sex education to teens; they are the same white elitists who don’t want “obamacare” and say “your heath is your problem, not mine!” i’ve long since tried to stop wrapping my head around the “logic” that wants to save a fetus and then let it starve or die once it’s actually a living breathing human being. it’s a disconnect of not only thinking but of humanity, something they claim to want to “save”.
we have a fight on our hands, mississippi, and fight we will. personhood in my mind reduces women to little more than walking, talking incubators who if not already pregnant ought to be. you will have to kill me before you take the right to control my own body away from me! the sad thing is, whatever rights they want to grant to the fetus will be taken away as soon as she is born female. human rights only until birth?