Monday, January 24, 2011

Happy 38th, Roe v. Wade!

Thanks for helping to ensure that in the U.S. and other western countries, "our daughters have the same rights, the same freedoms, and the same opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams" and for helping to lift women out of the chains of bronze age misogyny.

...And this today, when the usual wide-eyed zealots and professional hysterics start ramping up their screeeeeching, fetus-gore-picture-waving, and horribly inaccurate holocaust rhetoric, let us not only remember what they're fighting for a return to, but that the battle for the rights women enjoy today was a hard fought one and something that requires continual effort to support and maintain, lest those who seek to destroy them succeed in the shadow of complacency.


Malcolm+ said...

One of the curious ironies is that there is a correlation between abortion rates and the policies of governments. When avowedly anti-choice parties have power, abortion rates consistently rise and when pro-choice parties have power, abortion rates actually decline.

It may seem counterintuitive, it actually makes a great deal of sense.

While a coherent pro-life position might support the protection of human life "from conception to natural death," the so-called pro-life cult actually only supports the protection of life "from conception to natural birth." Once a child has passed the birth canal, the so-called prolifers are opposed to any kind of social support for those children or their mothers.

By contrast, prochoice parties and politicians tend to implement and enhance social supports which actually make it easier for a woman to choose to carry her pregnancy to term.

Audrey II said...

As is almost always the case Malcolm, spot on and 100% agreement! I've always found the anti-abortion opposition to the most successful programs to reduce unwanted pregnancy (contraception, comprehensive sex-ed, etc.) and the social conditions that tend to correlate well with it to be one of the more absurd, self-defeating quirks of the movement.

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