This is why I walk

Because Ohio Republicans are attempting to pass a bill that will forbid terminations even to save a woman’s life if the fetus has acquired a heartbeat.

Because the House GOP thinks it has the right to redefine rape, as if some rapes count more than others; and because they are striving to strip funding away from an organization that provides thousands of men and women with necessary health care.

Because there’s a Republican in Georgia who wants to investigate your miscarriage as a potential crime scene, and because Republicans in Iowa and Nebraska that want to legalize the use of deadly force in defense of a fetus.

I am going to walk in Columbus tomorrow, come hell, high water, or another hospital visit. I am going to walk if it’s snowing, if it’s raining, if it’s sleeting. And I will raise my voice and my fist because I believe that women deserve the right to make our own medical decisions. I will be there because these bills are not really about the sanctity of life. How can they be, when they clearly could care less about the lives of women? I will be there because I believe my body has value, and so does my mind, and I have an unalienable right to protect myself from harm.

My worth is not less than that of a fetus.

All rape is forcible rape.

Miscarriages are private tragedies.

And even if you believe abortion really is murder, committing more murder really does nothing to prove your point.

If you agree: noon, Wexner Center Plaza. We’ll march to the Statehouse and we will show Republicans that we will not be so easily silenced.

 

Truth has a tendency to triumph over slander

And I’m happy to report that’s exactly the case with situation regarding my ex. Many of you probably remember the harassing comments made by Alex (since he identified himself I see no point in trying to protect his identity any longer). I never heard from the great and powerful Cincinnati attorney, and I consulted the town police. If Alex makes any further contact with me, he will go to jail. Contrary to what he claimed here, the police in his town corroborated that they did in fact ask him to cease contacting me in the spring of 2010.

As is probably clear to everyone but Alex, and whoever the other commenter is, I did not commit libel. Furthermore, I told the truth, and the truth has won out. Nothing will alleviate the offense he caused me by his abuse, and his subsequent harassment, but I am proud of myself for taking action to prevent him from affecting my life any further. I send my deep gratitude to everyone who supported me throughout this difficult situation.

Trust women.

The House just voted to defund Planned Parenthood. For the misinformed, Planned Parenthood does not use federal funds for abortions. They can’t. Thanks, Hyde Amendment. Planned Parenthood uses federal funds to subsidize the cost of STD testing, contraception, and gynecological exams. So let’s be clear, this is not about defending the sanctity of life. Neither was South Dakota’s attempt to legalize “justifiable homicide” in defense of a fetus, Ohio’s proposal to forbid all terminations after the fetus has acquired a heartbeat, or Texas’s decision to force all women to view a sonogram before aborting a pregnancy.

These pieces of legislation do not reflect a respect for life. They reflect a vitriolic misogyny fueled by a skewed interpretation of Christianity.

Too harsh? Well, no, actually. Not at all. The use of the word “misogyny” is absolutely justified because I, and every other American woman, now face life in a country that does not respect our bodily autonomy. We face life in a society that so little values us that our politicians are willing to let us die of pregnancy-related complications in order to protect a non-sentient organism (which is not only barbaric but also stupid, for reasons obvious to everyone but Ohio Republicans).

It’s classic rape culture and it churns my stomach, it clenches my heart, it leaves me frozen to my chair. I am being told that I do not have the right to decide the fate of my own body, that I am even incapable of making such a decision without outside influence. And I’ve heard this before. I have lived it before. Right now, I’m just waiting for the House GOP to tell me to stop being such a diva because they too are only giving me what I want.

It was evil the first time I heard it and it’s evil now. So I’ll be marching in Columbus next weekend. I will bug the hell out of my congressman, I will organize and rally and fight this latest attempt to remove my control over my body. If you’re in Ohio, please consider joining me in Columbus for the Walk for Choice. If you’re elsewhere, I urge you to find your nearest WFC location and participate. Write your local representative, and organize your friends to do the same. If Wisconsin public employees can muster such a powerful presence that they have packed the Capital, imagine what we can accomplish for choice.

Event pages for Columbus Walk for Choice here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=150710714986058. And here: http://ohiowalkforchoice.wikispaces.com/.

Columbus Walk for Choice

For my Ohio readers! The Ohio Walk for Choice 2011 will take place next Saturday (that’s the 26th) in Columbus, Ohio. The exact location has not been released but I urge anyone who opposes the GOP’s latest attempts to limit reproductive choice by attempting to redefine rape, defund Planned Parenthood, and change Ohio law to forbid terminations after the fetus has acquired a heartbeat to join us in Columbus next Saturday.

Event page here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=150710714986058

Failed sting attempts to distract from debate over rape redefinition

The brain trust behind the ACORN “sting” has turned its attention to Planned Parenthood–very, very clumsily. Lila Rose, president of anti-abortion organization Live Action and associate of ACORN foe James O’Keefe (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-hart/pimps-and-prostitutesagai_b_817639.html), posed as an underage prostitute accompanying her pimp in attempt to expose something. I’m still not sure what this dastardly something is, even after watching the video available here: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0211/48632.html. The video doesn’t provide viewers with any new information. We are shown a Planned Parenthood employee providing advice about contraception and STD protection. It’s Planned Parenthood, so that’s expected. If the intention was to somehow prove that Planned Parenthood either explicitly supports underage prostitution or ignores it in favor of a pro-choice agenda, Rose and her colleagues failed. Live Action’s activists visited several New Jersey clinics. These clinics, including the one seen in the video, contacted the local authorities as well as the FBI about the self-proclaimed pimps, though clinic employees correctly suspected a hoax (http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/02/sex_ring_was_a_hoax_live_action_posts_video_target.php?ref=tn).

So there is no underage sex ring, as Live Action theatrically claims on its blog. If there is a conspiracy revealed by the video, it is being perpetrated by the enemies of reproductive choice for American women. The release of Live Action’s tape coincides with the GOP House’s push to redefine rape in an attempt to limit federal funding for abortions. According to the text of HR#3, only cases of “forcible rape” qualify an individual for funds. Child molestation just isn’t quite enough any more.  Sady Doyle of Tiger Beatdown offers an excellent summary of the bill here, in addition to a rundown on the campaign against it: http://tigerbeatdown.com/2011/01/29/dearjohn-for-when-boehner-decides-your-rape-just-wasnt-enough/ and the full text of HR#3 is available online.

I don’t believe it’s a coincidence that the tape coincides with the GOP’s assault on reproductive choice. I believe it represents an orchestrated effort to deprive American women of abortion rights. As clumsy as Live Action’s attempt at an investigation is, it distracts from the debate over HR#3. Please reject this. By all means, express your rage over underage prostitution. But express it by donating to organizations like International Justice Mission (www.ijm.org). Don’t support Live Action’s decision to turn underage prostitutes into political pawns. Express it by supporting Planned Parenthood’s efforts to provide contraception and STD protection at affordable rates. Add your voice to those activists raising awareness of the GOP’s attempts to redefine rape by contacting your representative either by letter or over Twitter as part of the #DearJohn campaign. Organize. Speak up. Don’t allow the right to make your health decisions for you.