October 24, 2011
The War on Women
3:10 PM abortion , culture , democracy , gender , heteronormativity , patriarchy , religion , Society , thoughtsOctober 24, 2011
Is America's 'war on women' just the start?
I read an article on AlterNet recently about one of the latest bills intended to be passed in the United States. It has been called the "Let Women Die" bill, and comes after a string of legislation aiming to control the numbers of abortions in the country.
Although - if thinking with a very open mind - you might see the sense behind the fight against abortion, the fact is that women should have the final say in what happens to their bodies. I can understand the need to curb irresponsible abortions, such as using the service as a means of contraception, but making all abortions illegal, I think, is not the solution.
The latest piece of legislation - which strangely has the support of the Catholic Church (which, by the way, is ruled by males) - has been called the "Let Women Die" bill because it will remove abortion coverage in medical insurance. It will also allow hospitals to be completely blameless when a woman dies because of complications during a birth - even if it was known early in the pregnancy that the woman herself would be at risk of dying if she went through with the birth.
For centuries, women have been sidelined in favour of the stronger sex, and though we've steadily been given more and more power and control over our own lives, these very things we were fighting for decades ago are now being taken away from us through the use of religion and law. I believe that we should be concerned. If a woman no longer has control over her most intimate bodily functions, what is the next step? Controlling the gender women give birth to? Controlling who women marry and decide to partner with? Where would it stop?
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