Everytime I read the news I see some new article about Rick Santorum thinks he owns my lady bits! In all fairness, this is not entirely him. The anger and agitation and proposed legislation that inspired this post comes from a plethora of sources, including Obama’s caving to a 5 man “expert witness panel” on Healthcare Access. (And yes, contraception is a matter of healthcare). However, I like to put a face on my Rage–a Rageface, if you will–and this issue’s Rageface is Rick Santorum.
I feel like I’m in a fucking time warp/Twilight Zone whereI have to go to a back alley to getan abortion. Where I have to prove I deserve an abortion because I was raped–though in fairness, Santorum still wouldn’t let me have one. This was only reinforced when Foster Freiss told me to put an Aspirin between my legs, and I will get back to this un-joke later. Oh, yeah, and in case I wasn’t put in my placed enough as it is, Virginia thinks I literally must be raped before being allowed to have an abortion. Fo realz. Viriginia wants to force a woman to have an invasive ultrasound which will require the use of VAGINALLYPENITRATING MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS AGAINST THE WOMAN’S WILL before allowing her to get an abortion.
The whole issue of contraception blew up because of two things: the Susan G. Komen issue and the Healthcare Reform.
The Komen issue/scandal, I like to look at as a huge, awesome victory for women and for the common person in general. Komen, although a well meaning institution and one the does a lot of good, is a huge political and corporate institution. They make a ton of money and cannot avoid being effected by politics. Their initial choice to stop providing funds to Planned Parenthood was a bad one and one completely motivated by personal politics. I was so excited that PP clients themselves were the ones to put the pressure on Komen and that it was enough for them to reconsider their position. I felt it was such a great victory! Yay little people! That’s how the system is supposed to work! No violence, no burnings, just change!
The next issue *le sigh* is still going on. Fucking. Fuck. Is all I have to say about this whole issue of whether or not religious institutions should be required to provide women with contraception. I just want to scream every time I think about it.
Contraception is the one reason why women have been able to make the grand strides they have in the last 60 years. Because of contraception women are able to CHOOSE to pursue and education and career and whether or not they want to have a family–an yes, there are women who do not want children. GASP! Women who work in parochial schools, private hospitals, etc. have every right to that same choice. 98% of Catholic are currently or have in the past used some type of contraction, yet their voices have not been heard in all of this. I want to see a sea of Catholic women and women who work in Catholic institutions to march in front of the church saying “FUCK YOU! I want my no-baby pills!” It is the rightof a woman to make decisions about her reproductive health, uterus, and other lady bits, not the right of her boss.
I also think I need to point this out, because apparently people think that women only take birth control pills because they want to have tons of crazy non-committed, non-baby making, sadistic, dirty dirty sex: birth control serves many other purposes for many women. It is a hormone pill essentially. It really serves many functions including helping cramps, balancing of hormones helps many other physical, biological, and emotional functions, it can help many women with weight control, back pain accompanying menstruation, migraines. So yeah, can we get like a doctor to speak on this fucking issue? One who knows what they’re talking about.
Ok. This is getting really long and I have actual things to accomplish. More to come on this same issue. Foster Freiss and his idiotic self as well as the 5 man panel testifying on birth control (because that somehow made sense to our backwards ass country). Until then, I present you with The Sacred Whore, Sheela Na Gig!
I also didn’t edit this, so yeah.