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Can anti-choice people just be honest for once?

It’s not about the sanctity of human life because many of these harsh laws are passed in states where the death penalty doesn’t distinguish between the truly guilty and the innocent with a bad defense counsel.

It’s not about precious little babies because there’s never any provision for medical care or child care or nutrition or enforcing child support laws.

It can’t really be about racism because the new laws are going to result in more children of the wrong color.

No, what i suspect it’s about at the core is the idea that there is no difference between pregnancy and motherhood. Once you become pregnant, you are automatically a mother.

The anti-choice people would like for women to immediately take responsibility for their actions. That’s Responsibility. It means giving up their lives for their children including all of their former hopes and dreams and aspirations. The unintentional mother must instantly bond with their baby and feel love, warmth and sacrifice.

If this means that they and their children will have a significantly reduced quality of life and poorer standard of living, well, that’s what it means to take the Responsibility that the good Bible reading citizens have thrust upon them. Motherhood is their destiny. They will scrub floors if they have to.

Women are mothers. Men are breadwinners. That’s how nature made us.

Gosh, men come out on top again. Didn’t see that coming. It’s almost as if there was a political movement that only benefits men that uses religious propaganda as one of the cudgels to keep women from getting a bigger slice of the economic pie. It kind of feels intentional. They can be kept out of better jobs by completely shitty child care policies compared to other developed countries and they can be relegated to the very lowest rungs of the employment ladder if we insist on them becoming mothers with Responsibility and the obligation to sacrifice their own lives.

Oh, sure, there are probably good Christian women 🙄 who actually buy into the romanticization of the fetus. Babies are sweet and innocent and smell good and women should feel maternal and god fearing.

I’m sure they want all women to think of that when they wake up in the morning after sleeping with what turn out to be loser boyfriends or demanding husbands. That’s what the little 12 year old is thinking as her father shuts the door behind him as he leaves the room. That’s what the student is thinking after her friend’s friend forces himself on her.

They’re all thinking about the precious human life instead of the goo running between their legs.

If that last sentence made you feel disgust, good. That was the intention. It’s not easy to read and it sure wasn’t easy to write.

But very woman who’s had sex knows that feeling of disgust at least once. Even the god fearing ones.

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5 Responses

  1. RD,

    I wonder why none of our pro-choice representatives haven’t made such an excellent argument as you have pointing out the real reason behind the disgusting legislation just passed in Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, and elsewhere!

    I have family members who believe that the fetus is a viable baby and agree with this draconian attack on women. I asked them, since they care so much for human life, what happens to the real viable baby “after” it’s born? The quick answer is to put it up for adoption! In other words, no responsibility or measures should be taken to ensure the child is raised in a good environment and their best interests are protected.

    We need more women elected to local, state and federal government so that when such men like these guys believe they have the right to control our bodies, the women can counter with a law that demands a man who impregnates a woman and does not take responsibility for that child, he gets a vasectemy, period. For some reason, the kind of men who feel compelled to pass the kind of legislation that totally obliterates a woman’s right to her own body are deaf, dumb and blind to their responsibility in causing the pregnancy. How convenient.

    I hope this legislation has awakened women to what’s in store for them if they sit on the sidelines. I hope we have a real revolution (not like the one bernie is supposed to be in charge of) of women and men determined to stop this legislation and prevent such irresponsibile and dangerous abuse of power by these so-called representatives from ever happening again.

    And men still question why women are so determined to support a woman in the primary for president!

  2. Brilliant, RD. I heard someone say “anti choice” yesterday for the first time and i like it. “Pro life” is another republicanism like death tax instead of estate tax, and is usually antithetical to everything else they believe as you and Kathleen point out.

    Kathleen, you also make excellent points. I believe people have a rose colored glasses view of adoption. Yes, there are of course adoptions into loving, happy homes but i am willing to bet more often than not kids get stuck in the system or fostered into situations where the child is abused or merely a cash cow. What future do children have who are raised in the system and then removed from it at 18 or worse, run away before that age? I also think that giving your child away to strangers must be heartbreaking for many women who carried a baby to term but for whatever reason can’t keep the child. Lastly, how does an adopted child process the fact that his or her birth parents didn’t want them?

  3. RD, thank you for this! Using the term “mother” for anyone who finds themselves impregnated unexpectedly is absolutely the worst descriptor.

    I agree, if it is a planned and welcomed pregnancy, all is good. However the reason we live in world with birth control and (increasingly limited) access to abortion is due to the fact that women have a strong interest in keeping the “surprise” part out of their reproductive decisions.

    So the instant term, “mother” changes the woman from her own sentient, individual being to a reproducer.

    If the news media could quit with the trope, “…in the event the mother’s life is in danger”, I could quit regularly yelling at the television.

    When it’s phrased that way, it provides a false narrative. A pregnant person whose health/live is endangered is in a medical crisis.

    This is not some scary terrorist type holding a fully sentient, individual child hostage and saying to the child’s parent, “It’s either you or the kid.”

    You have brilliantly deconstructed yet another language manipulation by the forced birth/anti choice element of our society.

    They’ve had so much success at this, that even supposedly “neutral” journalists and media types fall into their syntax trap.

    The other descriptor that just drives me bonkers is “abortifacient” to describe Plan B and IUD’s, to name a couple of established approaches in birth control.

    Man, do these backwards, anti science types ever love those big, clinical sounding words when they serve their anti science, backwards purpose.

    Although it’s clinically accurate (in a way)’ one would think preventing implantation is Taking Responsibilty, but yeah, as Monty Python sang, “Every sperm is precious”.

    BTW, it is a wonderful thing that you are having success in the godawful journey of fighting off cancer. I dropped a little in the tip jar, I hope you a nice vacay, wherever it may be. ❤

    • Thank you so much! I appreciate it so much. The battle can wear you out a bit.
      I promise to put it to good use.

  4. Other consenting adults should be free to do what they wish with one another in private.

    But as for me, the older I get, the more I think I am actually fortunate that the circumstances of my life preserved my virginity.

    Again, I don’t think sexual activity is evil, it’s just–icky.

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