A nasty backdrop on the stage of the 2012 elections is an escalating assault on a woman's most basic right: control over her body. A movement, cloaked in ultra conservative and religious rhetoric, is challenging those same reproductive rights American women fought for and won more than sixty years ago.
An amendment allowing bosses to call the shots on covering birth control for female employees was tacked onto a transportation bill. Talk of imposing invasive, unnecessary medical procedures on women before they can terminate a pregnancy is targeted solely at the female side of the reproductive equation.
How about this instead? Let's mandate that sexually active single males be forced to ingest saltpeter between the ages of thirteen and twenty-five. We can test it on Rush Limbaugh to ensure it'll work without lingering side-effects.
A feisty friend in Texas is appalled that the whole issue is being dragged into the political limelight, "I feel like we have moved back to the Fifties with these ridiculous conversations about abortion and birth control ..." she writes.
Her response? Posting this in facebook and ordering the t-shirt!
In fact, anyone who wants to win elections this year needs to back off from messing with women in any state. June Cleaver doesn't live here anymore. Women today fill more slots in college, capture more spots in medical school, and earn lucrative salaries in the workplace. They simply won't tolerate politicians more interested in what they do in bed than how their tax dollars are spent.
Women make up 51 percent of the population in this country. And they made enough racket a few weeks ago that even Helen Reddy heard them roar.
When Komen for the Cure severed funding for Planned Parenthood, women instantly reacted on facebook and twitter with a level of outrage that was amazing to behold. Komen's organization reversed its stand, fired the executive responsible, and even the group's founder wound up on shaky ground.
This powerful group of citizens needs to voice their indignation over assaults on their rights, and then swamp the voting booths in November. Misguided politicians who ignore the majority will be sent packing. Back to the Dark Ages where they belong.
Sensible people in this country care about jobs, the economy, energy and education -- not tinkering with women's health care. Those who wish to represent us need to wise up and focus on the big picture.
Women standing up for their rights vocally and in the voting booth will not only preserve their own freedom of choice, but also that of daughters and granddaughters. In this 21st Century Time of Enlightenment, how could anyone want to return to the days when women were forced to either give birth to a dozen children or endure back alley abortions in unsanitary rooms?
Speak up, post, tweet and vote!