No Abortion — But No Birth Control, Either
Republicans today seem hellbent on turning that fiction into fact.
Laws against abortion have little effect since desperate girls and women find ways to do it themselves, and often die trying. Yet Bible Belt states do their damndest to close every clinic they can.
And to fight against the most effective means of stopping abortion: birth control.
Like the fictitious “corporate person” called Hobby Lobby that went to the Supreme Court to stop female employees from accessing contraception through the company’s insurance. Because contraception is against the company’s conscience.
Right-wing extremists believe that fictitious “corporate persons” should have more rights than actual persons, if those persons are female.
And despite the fact that Hobby Lobby’s “body” won’t be affected by the law, while women’s bodies are.
But no matter, since women don’t have bodies as Rep. Justin Henry had insisted. (See my last post: Women are just hosts, remember? Pssst, it’s Hobby Lobby that has no body.)
Pro-lifers aren’t actually pro-life.
These are the same folks who stripped the Republican health bill of insurance coverage for newborns.
And who stripped Medicaid away from babies and children.
And no food stamps, either. Who cares if poor babies die?
Plus, no clean air and water. (Down with the EPA!)
Women increasingly face threats and violence at clinics. A married college student I know went to Planned Parenthood to get an IUD. But threatening crowds mocked her and took her picture as she left the clinic.
Why threaten violence if you’re pro-life?
Pro-life? Or just want to control women?
They aren’t really pro-life. But they do seek to control women.
Restricting birth control limits women.
Abusive boyfriends often throw out their partners’ contraception, hoping to make them more disempowered and dependent — and to make it harder for women to leave…
… and easier to control women.
Threaten women with sexual assault
If all else fails and women still seek to terminate a pregnancy?
Why, subject her to a vaginal probe — a type of sexual assault suggested by the Virginia legislature. (Thankfully rescinded.)
Not too pro-life. But very much trying to control women.
The Republic of Gilead looks a lot like Republican extremists today.
Posted on April 28, 2017, in reproductive rights, sexism and tagged birth control, reproductive rights, Republicans fighting contraception, rolling back women's rights, The Handmaid's Tale. Bookmark the permalink. 30 Comments.