Or they just don’t care if you know they don’t care about what criminalizing abortion would mean for women.
On Monday, a pro-choice blogger called out "the worst marketing decision ever": An Ohio dry cleaner who puts pro-life messages on wire coat hangers.
Springdale Cleaners, a dry cleaning chain with 10 locations in the Greater Cincinnati area, returns laundered clothing to customers on hangers that read “Choose Life” beside an image of the owner’s granddaughter.
“I think it’s the perfect place to advertise a pro-life message,” Springdale Cleaners owner Paul Dehler told HuffPost. The 66-year-old said he printed the images on the hangers to support his sister, who’s opposed to women’s right to choose an abortion.
“I don’t get into all that,” Dehler said of the abortion debate. “I’m just putting the message out there, and doing it for my sister.”
(Source: The Huffington Post)
Women are “equal,” at least legally, in our country. We have all the same rights as men, we have the right to abortion and birth control. We have been granted the right to manage our reproductive abilities.
Get that? Granted.
As in it wasn’t considered inalienable. It was decided on, by a bunch of men.
And it is in jeopardy, because it can still be taken away. By a bunch of men.
I’m not interested in “equality” without changing the overriding culture because any equality we are granted can be taken away. As long as the patriarchy exists, as long as we keep raising children with the idea that women’s bodies and women’s reproductive abilities are public goods, are communal property, and are subject to the philosophical and religious whims of other people, it can be taken away. As long as this system exists, we are not equal. We are always on dangerous ground. We will always have our rights chipped away at, we will always have legislators comparing us to livestock and putting more and more restrictions on when and how and why we can control our own bodies. We will always be vulnerable as long as our bodies are not thought of as really and truly ours.
I am not interested in equality because equality is tenuous. I am not interested in equality because rights that are thought of as granted can always be taken away.
Women got the right to vote in 1920, the right to birth control in 1960, and the right to abortion in 1973. Women still only make up 16.8% of representatives in congress today, our right to access birth control is still under attack, and we are two or three supreme court justices away from losing the right to abortion.
Tell women those facts and ask them how equality in this system is working out for them.
Tell me these facts and then ask me why I want to burn the whole thing to the ground and start over again.
ETA: Because the universe is like that, here’s an article that was posted immediately after I posted this, where a Tea Party members says the country would be better if women can’t vote. Because even that isn’t inalienable people.
This hijacking of the trappings of the women’s movement to try and shape abortion as a feminist matter because XX fetuses are also aborted is absolutely infuriating and so transparent I can’t believe anyone would think this was a good tactic.
That bans abortions after twenty weeks, including cases of fetal abnormality. Many Pro Choicers are focusing on the fact that this would force families to carry nonviable pregnancies to term, which I agree is rough for those (only non viable) cases.
However, this also means that a woman cannot decide that they want to kill her child after twenty weeks simply because one of his legs looks longer in an ultrasound. Because that technically is a fetal abnormality.
oh my god
no one has ever done that, and no one ever will
Has no problem with women having to carry non-viable fetuses to term/risking sepsis by having to wait until dead fetuses are expelled naturally/having to give birth to fetuses with horrible genetic defects like Tay Sachs.
Has a HUGE problem with an imaginary case in which a woman would abort a fetus because “one of their legs looks longer than the other” on a grainy ultrasound.
Pro-life, everyone. Pro-life, anti-choice, anti-logic.
It’s inside my body
it’s grown from my body
it feeds itself from my body, while depleting nutrients from my body
it can ruin my body
it is the cause of possibly permanent hormonal and physical changes in my body
It cannot survive outside of my body (for a certain amount of time)
It would not exist if it were not for my body
I’m pretty sure it’s still my fucking body, and my choice what to do with it is still inside of my body.
Also: Backing a decision for a law with a scripture is poor debate skills.
Pro-lifers are pathologically unable to represent fetuses at accurate stages of development for when abortion is legal and possible. If you had a legitimate argument, you wouldn’t have to rely on scripture and emotional manipulation to make it.
I’ve seen a lot of posts going around lately of people who need help paying for an abortion procedure, and I know I’ve blogged about this before, but it bears repeating. The National Network of Abortion Funds has groups available all over the country to give grants to women* in need of help. Please keep their information and pass it around to your friends so people know there are options.
Been awhile and it popped up in my notifications again, so time for a reblog.
But that doesn’t keep them from trying to restrict abortion.
OH SHI —