The vicious attacks on women’s health to which we’ve grown so accustomed on the national and state stages are trickling down to the local level, as municipal and county governments get in on the action. But recent successes in responding to attacks on women’s health programs underscore that we need to be vigilant in our own backyards.
The War on Women fights to take away a women’s rights to make decisions for their own lives, instead granting male leaders the sole authority to dictate their allowable actions. This injustice is furthered by a common Fundamentalist Christian idea that a woman can’t be entrusted with authority even over themselves. If we take another look at the Bible, however, we’ll have to confront this idea with the example of a woman whom Christ himself had entrusted with the authority to bear his message: Mary Magdalene
To keep the #WaronWomen going, warmongers depend on convincing congregations of American Christians that the Bible commands them to seize control of a woman’s right to her own life. If we are to fight back effectively, we must have the patience and strength to forge personal connections, showing them that there is another, Christian way.
We want all of our patients to have safe, affordable, and convenient access to the care they need.
Must “restoring the historic right to life accorded to unborn children” require that women, including new mothers who have given birth, go to prison?
With their new power in Richmond, anti-choice politicians thought 2012 was their premier opportunity to railroad these policies into law with little resistance. These lawmakers grossly underestimated the outrage their insidious attacks on women’s health would provoke in Virginia and across the nation. With this spring awakening will come retribution at the polls this fall and in fall 2013.
The Republicans seem to think they can erase the past four months and their “war on women,” but if history is any guide, this is wishful thinking. In fact, the historical record suggests we may be witnessing a reawakening of the reproductive rights movement.
Unable to hide behind “religious liberty” and called out for using words like “slut” and “prostitute”, anti-choicers are trying a third defense in the War on Contraception: Deny that it ever happened.
What are you, as a woman, or as a man related to one, willing to trade when you vote for a presidential candidate who signed the Personhood Pledge or a legislator who supports anti-choice “personhood”-based bills?
As a woman living with HIV and working with HIV-positive women throughout the U.S., I know all too well what character assassinations, funding restrictions, and the overall environment can do to women.