Posts tagged reproductive rights
Posts tagged reproductive rights
It’s getting harder and harder to have faith that reason will win this fight.
It’s not easy being a lady in the working world today. We’re still fighting for equal pay for equal work, freedom from workplace harassment, and the right to decide what grows (or implants itself) in our uteruses. In all honestly, it’s not terribly different from the drama unfolding at Sterling-Cooper-Draper-Pryce every Sunday night, which is exactly the reason my baby boomer mother can’t stand Mad Men: “I lived it,” she says with exasperation, “why would I enjoy watching it over again?”
Do the liberal-arts educated, Anthropologie-clad millenials fawning over Betty Draper Francis’ silk scarfed bouffants see the irony my mom pointed out? As a card (or more accurately, BA) carrying member of the club, I’d like to say that we do. I’d be hard pressed to find a ladyfriend without a reproductive rights war story of her own, from sanctimonious pharmacists offering unprescribed admonitions to early morning drives across state lines to a clinic. While the scarier aspects of Mad Men-era reproductive health (Betty’s twilight sleep birthing experience from season three, for starters) seem like a far-off nightmare to today’s twentysomethings, neo-conservatives’ war on women makes it clear that such arcane threats may not be so distant.
In Rosengate’s aftermath, the conversation on working mothers is more fraught than ever. “’Working mother’ is a redundant phrase” is the neo-conservative right’s new mantra, and I won’t begrudge them the satisfaction of believing it. But let’s not pretend that the stay-at-home-mom is the equal of the working mother. It’s an affront to parents of all backgrounds: those with the luxury to choose an at-home parent over a second income and those whose finances dictate the decision. Mad Men’s place on the cusp of this working mother’s revolution is telling, yet quietly disheartening for its glaring proof that we’ve entered a regressive era for reproductive rights.
It’s not a good year for lovers in Virginia.
You would think the United States citizens voted into office by their peers would have the sense to acknowledge modern sentiments toward sexuality and enact laws to best serve the public. You would be wrong.
Let’s play “Who Said It?”, shall we?
“We need to take sensationalism out of this topic so that it can no longer be used by militants who have no real knowledge of the voluntary nature of the program but, rather, are using it as a political stepping stone. If family planning is anything, it is a public health matter.”
Any takers? Nope, not Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards during Komengate (but please take this reminder to go donate). Not Virginia House Delegate Jennifer McClellan, a vocal opponent of HB 1 (personhood bill) and HB 462 (mandatory transvaginal ultrasound bill), either.
Drum roll, please! It was: George H.W. Bush, speaking in support of Title X. As a congressman from Texas, Bush sponsored the law that still funds family planning for the poor and passed in the House by a vote of 298 to 32. It was unanimously passed in the Senate. Republican President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1970.
Ann Gerhart writes in WaPo this week about the chilling consequences of Republicans’ regressive tactics to curtail reproductive rights in the 2012 election. It’s a scary time to be a young adult reliant on birth control, and the recent decision of the Virginia House of Delegates may force me to relocate to a state that supports my right to choice.
RVA locals gathered in protest of the shocking legislation yesterday at the state Capitol for Speak Loudly with Silence, and the discussion on HB 462 that was slated for the same day was delayed for later in the week.
As Ann poignantly notes: “Who says you can’t turn back the clock?”