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/.