The Fight For Choice: Women’s Liberties Are at Stake!
On Saturday, my partner and I made our 2nd trip in 5 days to Columbus to join a protest rally. Tuesday we went to support the protesters against SB5, which effectively eliminates state workers rights to collective bargaining. Saturday we marched in protest to the Republicans proposal to de-fund Planned Parenthood. There were approximately 500 people who showed up; there were men and women, young and old, religious and secular. What was wonderful was the fact that at the same time, there were thousands there who showed up again to protest SB5, as well as show their solidarity for the workers in Wisconsin.
As we marched up the street to the capital building, the workers rally was just ending. They lined the sidewalk on either side of us, voicing their support for our cause. They cheered and gave us high fives as we entered the main courtyard to the state house grounds. Their message was clear to us: women have a right to choose when it comes to their bodies, and their civil liberty is equally as important as any state worker’s right to collectively bargain.
As many of you know, the Republican Party is trying to inflict their moral beliefs upon us under the guise of reducing federal spending. They insist that a major step toward reducing spending is to de-fund Planned Parenthood, as well as other vital social programs that involve women’s health and the care of children born to disadvantaged families. Many state governments are taking their moral agenda a step further; in some conservative states such as Georgia, there is legislation that will make a miscarriage a felony if it isn’t proven that the miscarriage was a natural occurrence. In some instances, a woman who miscarries can even face the death penalty!
The Republicans are sending a clear message; they are going take away a woman’s right to choose even if the woman and unborn child die in the process. They are going to force a woman to have her baby even if she does not have the means to bring the child up by herself. They are going to force women to have back alley abortions again, returning to the disgusting days of shady doctors and wire coat hangers. This is not about budgets. If it were, the Republicans would know that ending funding for programs such as Planned Parenthood would actually put a huge strain on the budget. Health care costs as well as welfare costs would rise exponentially. Of course even though they want to strong arm women into having their babies regardless of the consequences, they have every intention of ignoring the child once it’s born. Not only do they want to eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood, they also want to eliminate funding for programs such as WIC, a crucial program that helps feed poor single mothers and their children.
The Republican agenda has never been about budgets or jobs. The Christian conservative zealots who are now in charge of making our laws are trying to control our daily lives. They want to eliminate the middle class and keep the poor at their mercy. They want to put women in their “rightful” place, which is barefoot, pregnant, and in the kitchen. What the Rethuglicans are doing is attempting to return our country to an era that is over a century old. They want to squeeze bi-partisan politics out of the American lexicon. They’re working fervishly to place themselves in a position of control that would ultimately turn our country into a closed society, much like Hitler and Stalin did in the 20th century. They want to fatten their wallets and increase the bottom line for the huge corporations that they shill for. That is what the Republican Party is all about. If we sit silent, they win. If we exercise our still existing rights to free speech, we may still have a chance to keep our country free.
- House Republicans Pass Measure to Defund Planned Parenthood (littlegreenfootballs.com)
- “Planned Parenthood and the War Against Women” and related posts (calbuzz.com)
- 1000s (including Kathleen Hanna) rally for Planned Parenthood (Mtn Goats & Nellie McKay performed) — pics & video (brooklynvegan.com)