I dream that someday NARAL’s Blog for Choice Day will be a thing of the past, because the idea that a woman wouldn’t have absolute sovereignty over her own body will be laughable to the point of absurdity.
However, until that day comes, you can bet that I’ll be taking part and speaking out. The question this year is: Given the anti-choice gains in the states and Congress, are you concerned about choice in 2011?
I live in a New York state, which has great pro-choice representation in government, so I don’t have a strong reason to worry about my own rights on this front. But I am concerned. With the Republicans earning a majority in the House of Representatives, they’ve already decided to throw their weight around with symbolic-but-empty gestures like voting to repeal the health insurance reform bill. But they’ve got more dangerous and damaging plans, like H.R. 3, AKA the “Stupak On Steroids” Bill, which:
- bans coverage of abortion in the new health-care system and impose tax penalties on those with private insurance which does have abortion coverage;
- denies Medicaid coverage for abortion to survivors of statutory rape and any incest survivor who is 18 years of age or older;
- bans on Washington, D.C.’s use of local funds for abortion for low-income women;
- and denies women in the military access to abortion care at overseas military hospitals, even if they pay for the service with their own money.
Be concerned. Anti-choice shitwits are going to be fueled by the horror-story of “Dr.” Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia, who was providing unsafe, unsanitary late-term abortions to women who were desperate. But here’s the deal: bills like “Stupak on Steroids” are going to make more women more desperate, and lead to more hideous abuses like Gosnell’s. Keeping abortion safe, legal, and accessible will lead to the best outcomes for the most people. And remember, eliminating abortion is just the first step: these jackwagons want your birth control and your sex life, too.
You can help. Speak out for Roe on your blog or your Facebook page. Write your government reps (look here). Give time or money to clinics in your area, or to Planned Parenthood, the Feminist Abortion Network, the National Network of Abortion Funds, or of course, to NARAL Pro-Choice America.