I’m excited and nervous for the historic recall election which will begin in a few hours… Wisconsin is voting again for governor– to get conservative tea-bagger Scott Walker out of office and instate Tom Barrett, the former mayor of Milwaukee (both were opponents in the last election).
Scott Walker is in favor of both corporate and fetal Personhood.
He thinks it is acceptable for pharmacists to not fill birth control medications if it goes against their personal beliefs; as well as for insurance companies and employers to not cover contraceptives.
He has reduced access to women’s basic health care for the poor and uninsured.
He has worked to change and restrict abortion laws.
Women in Wisconsin currently earn on average 78 cents for a man’s dollar.
click here to go to the Unite Women on Facebook page, find other advocates of women’s rights around the country, and join the organizational page for the state you’re from and/or the state you’re living in to find the rally on April 28 that you can attend.
I’ve managed to become the state leader of one of these groups and an admin on another. I’m not sure how I did this to myself as a 21 year old college kid, but the apathy of the people the same age as me is disgusting in the face of the war on women. I’m so glad to be a part of this movement, this march for social justice, women’s rights, reproductive health care, for raising awareness and giving voice to people so frequently tossed aside. No matter which of my two states I march in, I will be bringing a car full of college-age people and I will be proud of every single person standing with me that day. Clearly, obviously, there is a war on women in America. I’m not going to sit down and listen to a man tell me how my uterus works– I’m going to stand up and make sure that everything women have fought for in the past remains solidly in place for myself, for my god children, and for all women in America.
Virginia state house, 3 March 2012. A peaceful protest against the state government’s attempts to require ultrasounds before abortions. Walking, chanting, holding signs, and sitting (but not blocking) on the stairs of the state house received this response.
Full riot gear. SWAT armed with automatic weapons. In the 21st century apparently everyone in the world requires a response like this when they disagree with the government and want to have their voices heard. At what point will these police officers say “wait, my sister had an abortion 10 years ago. It was unbelievably expensive then, and now we’re trying to increase costs with additional requirements? I’m NOT going to break this up, I’m going to sit this one out, even if I get in trouble.” Wait until there are Personhood marches– will someone say “but my girlfriend used Plan B last year, I’m so glad that was an option because we aren’t ready for kids yet!”?
Why is the government, the police force, so quick to quell any dissent? Are we supposed to simply sit at home on our laptops using social media to bring down misogynist pricks like Rush Limbaugh and meanwhile never take to the streets as a physical, visible entity to say “this is fucked up, and you have to hear me say it. you’re impeding on my rights as a citizen, as a woman, and as a human being, and I’m not going to sit by, apathetic, while you throw me into the dirt and spit on me because you’re too egotistical to see beyond your own needs and wants and to understand that the world is not okay!”
Suddenly Republicans care about the separation of church and state– because Catholic women don’t deserve access to birth control because it’s against the beliefs of the celibate priests. We should have prayer in school and we should teach creationism and evolution in public schools. But we shouldn’t allow all women the same access to birth control, because THAT would be church and state hopping in the same hay wagon to go ride around for a spin. Make a choice, and stick to it– if you want kids to pray in public schools then you better allow every single woman in America get the birth control she needs for her body, if she so chooses, at a price she can afford. Today, a lot of people don’t work at their ideal job. They work at a job which pays the bills. If it so happens to be a Catholic-run institution, then who is to say that Protestants, or atheists, or Muslims couldn’t work there? And who is the government or the church from denying these people birth control? The church can preach all it wants about “sex is only for procreation”– but the reality is that all women don’t want to have ten children after marriage. Birth control is common sense. If the people making laws had uterus’s, they might be more inclined to promote equal rights for all citizens of the United States. In this day and age, access to birth control is a right in America. It should not be a privilege. Until it becomes widely popular that men are willing to undergo some mild pain and discomfort themselves as a form of birth control, we as human beings need to stand up for the rights of women and not let us progress back into the dark ages of fear and unwanted pregnancies.
A father can tell his daughters what he believes, and encourage them to make the “right decision” based on family values, and how they were raised. However, a father should never dictate to another man’s daughter what she should do with her uterus, and her body. It is a personal, private decision not to be praised or criticized by the government. Separation of church and state? How about separation of my uterus and the state!