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Thursday, June 14, 2007

This Body Belongs To Me

Senator Brownback (R, Kan) and candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, made a point at the National Catholic Men’s Conference, that even in the case of rape, women should be denied the right to an abortion. (Guess he didn't have the guts to say this to a roomful of women.)

I don’t get it. Why should a woman be forced to be what is essentially nothing more than a vessel? Why should her life, her body, be of less value and consideration than a fetus’s? If Brownback and others have their way, the hapless rape victim will first lose control of her body through the act of rape, and then will once again lose control as she is forced to bring the fetus to term.

Why is the right of a woman to control her body so difficult for some to understand?

At least California’s 9th Circuit Court of Appeals understands. The court recently overturned a decision by an immigration judge to deny asylum to a couple from China based on forced abortion. The immigration judge simply could not comprehend how a government edict ordering an abortion is “forced.” But the Circuit Court found that just as forced sterilization is grounds for asylum in the US, so is forced abortion.

The court's decision has nothing to do with fetuses, religion, right-to-life, etc., but everything to do with a woman’s right to control her body. Three cheers for California’s 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Look, the issue is really rather simple: The right to control one's body is basic. Without this control, one is nothing more than chattel.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

bird, bird, bird...

"Look, the issue is really rather simple: The right to control one's body is basic. Without this control, one is nothing more than chattel."

...and now here come the other ones to shit on me for agreeing...

"Look, the issue is really rather simple: The right to control one's body at the expense of the lives of others is not basic. With this control, life is nothing more than chattel."

bird, do you not grow weary of continual controversy? how about some nice vacation slides for we the wee weary ones...


June 14, 2007 12:26 PM  
Blogger J Cosmo Newbery said...

Seems fairly basic to me. Why the difficulty in understanding?

June 14, 2007 8:27 PM  
Blogger Riki D said...

Back to square one.

The old argument no one can agree on because people have different perceptions about when a life is self-determinant.

I'd offer this bit to chew on: why is it worse to physically and concretely take a life than it is to metaphorically and emotionally take a life?

June 14, 2007 11:39 PM  
Blogger onandon said...

This is right on Bird.
Keep it coming.
We need you and others to keep hammering at this until men understand that it IS important and to leave the hell of us alone to make our own decisions.
They can do that..or...
as my eldest daughter says:
"Go get your own uterus and make your own decisions".

June 17, 2007 11:01 PM  
Blogger Mrs. B said...

If men had one morsel of the collective bullshit that women carry around they would crumble. I am appalled that it is still acceptable to control a group of people based on organs. If we could turn it around maybe all penis-bearers would be required to remove their penises until they are ready to father children. Ugh!

June 19, 2007 11:07 AM  
Blogger kate said...

I am sooooo with you here... and how can MEN be the ones to make that decision!?!??!?!

I do though, on the other hand, understand the thought process of those that are pro life. I do totally agree that a fetus is a life. I just believe that a womans right to govern her own body comes before that right of the fetus.

Whats really scary is what might happen to RvsW with this Supreme Court. I for one, will be marching in Washington if they overturn it!

Just my opinion!

July 01, 2007 2:26 PM  

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