When did sanity and common sense fall out of fashion?
Today, I learned that the Quiverfull superstars The Duggars of TLC's '19 and Counting' fame are actively campaigning for Todd Akin.
And it hit me like a truck - of course! It's because the Patriarchy movement has found its voice in the Tea Party.
To be clear, I do not like abortion. I don't know anyone who truly does, be they pro-choice or pro-life.
But, regardless of how I feel, how can we as a freedom-loving culture possibly mandate a forced pregnancy for a woman after brutal rape or incest?
It's important to note that many Patriarchy proponents would not allow for an abortion to save the life of a woman in the event of an ectopic pregnancy or any other situation that would put her life in danger.
If these guys had their way nine years ago, you wouldn't be reading this post.
We had a pregnancy - a baby. The position of that baby in my body threatened my life. We were fortunate enough to have a physician who was compassionate and helped me make a choice because my life was indeed in grave danger. I was bleeding internally. Something drastic had to happen.
I grieve the loss of this child daily.
Daily, I am thankful that I get to be the mother of four amazing children. Thankfully, I am not dead because of some stupid law thought up by heartless, controlling bureaucrats intent on foisting their religious convictions upon me.
I am grateful that I still have a choice in the matter of my own life or death.
These 15 (13 men, 2 women) are asking for laws for situations that the majority of them will never personally encounter. They will not know what it means to sign the papers in the hospital to terminate a pregnancy. Hopefully, they will never know rape, but if they do, they won't have to worry about a resulting pregnancy. Save the two women. I'd love to know what they are thinking.
Bad things happen. There are sociopathic rapists in our world. There are pregnancies that end up hurting the women that carry them. There are women who choose to keep their babies, regardless of how they were conceived.
And then there are women who could not fathom carrying a child conceived by a rapist for nine months who will then have parental rights and access to that child. She'll never be rid of her perpetrator. Never.
But we're really thinking of making it a federal crime for these women to choose to abort a fetus conceived by no will of their own? Really? Criminals for taking a morning-after pill?
Where is it going to stop?
These 15 politicians who want to take away this choice from victims of rape and incest? They won't raise this kid or provide any stipend for help. They won't authorize mental healthcare for the woman's healing, let alone healthcare to pay for her medical expenses, maternity leave, or prenatal visits.
Don't believe that's going to happen? "A bill in the Pennsylvania House proposing the reduction of welfare benefits for low-income women contains a provision requiring a woman who became pregnant from rape to prove that she reported her assault." (Huffington Post Politics, 10/25/12)
So now she has to prove that she was assaulted before she can receive benefits? Hope she doesn't try to get a rape kit processed to prove assault - she'll have to wait in a line of 221,000.
The Patriarchy Movement has its foot in the door. And if we give them an inch, it is just a matter of time before they get their entire agenda codified into law.
Victims of crime deserve better treatment than to be potentially locked up in federal prison. Demand that those who represent your wishes in Congress (be they Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Green - whatever) keep abortion legal for rape and incest survivors. Allow survivors to deal with impending pregnancies as they choose, not as the government chooses for them.
Maybe we could put our energies into locking up the 221,000 rapists who are out there on the loose instead of browbeating their victims and making demands on them. Women - all women - deserve better.
If you or someone you love has been hurt sexually and need help, please contact the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline. Click Here for the link. You are not alone; they can help.