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Beliefs I have re: Reproductive Rights

1. I believe that women, like men, are guaranteed the right to bodily autonomy in our Constitution. This means that women are allowed to do as they want with their body without infringement from the government. This even means they're allowed to do things that other people may not approve of, such as having lots of sex with or without the intention of having babies as a result.

2. I believe that contraception - including the pill, IUDs, the morning after pill, and abortion - is a basic medical necessity for women. Even and especially, when it's used for the purpose of having recreational sex. As women have the right to do what they want with their bodies, basic medical resources should be available to them to engage in a basic human activity enjoyed freely by the other half of the population. Just as medical and insurance providers aren't justified in refusing to treat a patient who acquired tetanus as a result of an amateur tattoo job, medical and insurance providers aren't justified in refusing to treat a patient who requires contraceptives so that they can engage in recreational sex.

3. I believe the liberal focus on abortions in cases of medical necessity and/or rape, as well as the focus on contraceptive use for non-contraceptive reasons is misguided. Yes, those are important reasons to point out. However, women having sex is not something to shy away from. The majority of abortions are sought out not because of a rape or due to medical necessity. They're because of unwanted pregnancies. The majority of contraceptive use is because women would like to engage in recreational sex. There is no shame in this. There is no crime in this. This is completely legitimate. When only the exceptional cases are pointed to, the conservative strategy will then attempt to seek out these exceptions while continuing to ban the rest, as we see currently happening in Arizona.

4. I believe it's simplistic to state that all anti-abortion people just hate or want to control women. I think a number of them do, especially the people who are at the fore of the anti-abortion movement. However, the "pro-life" message of the anti-abortion movement is relatively new. What's more, it's been immensely effective because it appeals to emotion in its rhetoric of saving children. A large number of the people who back pro-life policies, I believe, truly are thinking of "the children". Approaching them as de facto misogynists will not change their minds. Their opinion is part of a wholly different worldview than what most liberals subscribe to. To appeal to them, it's necessary to understand the framework in which they're working.

5. I believe that the state of being pregnant presents a complex situation in terms of legal rights in this country. This complexity is too often simplified on both sides, which leads to a very polarized and hostile debate.

6. I believe that the determination of when life begins is best left to the scientists rather than politicians. Since scientists have been arguing about the specific meaning of "life" for a long time now, I doubt we're going to get an answer on that soon.

7. I believe that the past few decades of complacency on the part of liberals with regards to the reproductive rights of women have led to this junction wherein Roe vs Wade is in dire threat, if not literally than effectively. I believe that the Democrats care about women when it is beneficial for them to do so, such as now during an election year. I believe that Democrats are otherwise indifferent to the idea of throwing women, half of the country's population, under the bus.

8. I believe that basic reproductive rights for women is one of the easiest ways to improve our economy, our education, our standard of living, and our society wholesale. Empowering women to control the size of their family is a boon not only for women but for everyone.

9. I believe efforts to ban such rights are rooted in religious fundamentalism and/or conservative ideals of traditional families. I believe we are still in the midst of a backlash against second wave feminism, and with this current legislative war against women we're seeing the culmination of years of quieter resistance.

10. I believe that the status quo will be maintained past this year's election, and that this will not be a desirable situation for women. I believe that only radical change will ensure our Constitutionally granted rights. I believe that the Equal Rights Amendment should be part of this change.

This entry was originally posted at http://gabrielleabelle.dreamwidth.org/367777.html. There are comment count unavailable comments on the DW side. Comments are welcome on either side. Due to massive SPAM issues on LJ, anon comments are only on the DW side.


Mar. 23rd, 2012 10:24 pm (UTC)
I agree with you 100% except with point 6 but that's a quibble that I am perfectly happy to leave alone. Also, I would love to pass this post on to others. Is there some way to do this in a way that would be acceptable to you?
Mar. 23rd, 2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
You're free to link to it or copy n' paste with credit. Whichever works best for you. :)
Mar. 24th, 2012 06:09 am (UTC)
Great! How would you like your by-line to read?
Mar. 24th, 2012 04:01 pm (UTC)
Ah. Just "by gabrielleabelle" is fine. If you need a real name, "Gabriella Belle" works as a pseudo.


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