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Thoughts On the Abortion Comments During the State Of The Union

During the State Of The Union on Tuesday, you know who spoke of multiple topics. He appeared to sound presidential, mature and professional, but as usual, the ten-year old schoolyard bully still made his presence known.

One the topics he spoke of was abortion.

It’s not surprising that he chose to spew lies about abortion.

While I respect my fellow citizens right to religion and speech, I cannot stand idly by while they force their world view on others who believe differently.

I want you to image the following:

You or a woman you love who is of an age to bring a child into the world (your wife, your sister, your daughter, etc) receives a heartbreaking diagnosis from her doctor partway through her pregnancy. The pregnancy is not going as expected. There are two options and neither are ideal. The first option is to end the pregnancy and try to conceive again sometime in the future. The second option is to carry the pregnancy to term knowing full well that the child, if they survive the birth, will not have an easy life.

I’m not a mother, but I can only imagine the heartache that goes with making this type of decision. The only comfort in making this heartbreaking decision is legal abortion allows the mother, if she chooses to end the pregnancy, to do so in a way that is safe and will not potentially kill her.

It’s not up the politicians (especially the male politicians) to decide when and if a woman should have an abortion. It is up to the woman, her doctor and her significant other/family.

No one should be forcing their views on others and no one (especially a man), should be telling a woman what she should be doing with her body and her life.

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Why Are We Still Fighting Over Roe V. Wade?

Today is the 46th anniversary of Roe V. Wade.

It should be a day of celebration. Instead, we are reminded that a woman’s right to control her own body and her own life is a concept that is not exactly universally understood.

While some states (including my home state of New York), have legally affirmed that women are perfectly capable of making decision in regards to their health and their future, other lawmakers in other states believe that they, not the female citizens of their state, have the right to control a woman’s health and future.

The way I see it, it comes down to the fact that for most of human history, women have been seen as less than men. They had no control over the bodies, the health or their lives. This idea that a woman is perfectly able to decide if and/or when to have a child, to take control of her own destiny is an idea that is relatively new to human beings. When an idea is new, it is often considered to be radical, dangerous or just plain weird.

The good thing is that times are changing. Slowly but surely, women and men are waking up. A woman’s right to choose is essential for her future and no lawmaker, male or female, has the right to take that away from her.

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Michelle Wolf Speaks Truth To Power

With the announcement of the retirement of Justice Kennedy two weeks ago, one of the questions with his upcoming retirement was if Roe V. Wade would remain as is or be dissolved.

In a recent episode of Michelle Wolf’s Netflix series, The Break With Michelle Wolf,  not only does she lay out the hypocrisy of the pro-life moment, but she also points out that the pro-life movement is anti-women.

Is abortion a choice? Not always. Sometimes aborting a pregnancy is the only way to save the mother’s life or prevent a child from not living a full life because of one or more potential disabilities.

The fact is that for many generations, women did not have choices like men did. We were supposed to marry, bear children and keep a home. That was it.

From my perspective, the feminist movement comes down to one word: choice. Whether it reproductive choices, career choices or any other choices that women make to take control of their own destinies, there are still far too many people (both men and women) who would prefer that women stay in our little boxes and not ask question about why we cannot make our own decisions about how to live.

 

 

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Thought On The Irish Abortion Referendum

When one thinks of Ireland, forward thinking and progressive is not usually the description that comes to mind.

Last week, the Irish government placed a referendum in front of the citizens. Should the current abortion laws, which only allowed for the procedure when the mother’s life was at risk be overturned or kept as is?

66% of the voting public voted for the law to be overturned.

The fact that 2/3rds of the Irish voters voted for the measure gives me hope. It gives me hope that one day, US voters will do the same. They will trust American women, the spouses/partners and their doctors to make a decision that is at its core a personal one.

From my perspective, those who want to ban or limit abortions do so because they have yet to see women as full-fledged human beings who have the capacity to make their own decisions. While faith and religious observance play a part in on how one might feel about abortion, when it comes down to it, in 2018, are women viewed as intelligent, rational creatures who have the ability to make decisions about their future or are they still viewed as second class citizens who need a man’s guiding hand on all decisions?

 

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Ladies, We MUST Vote In November

With the mid-term elections coming up in November, it is crucial that Americans vote. Especially women voters.

Vice President Mike Pence had stated and continues to state that he believes that abortion would end in our lifetime. This statement is exactly why every voter, especially every female voter who is over 18, should find a way to get to their local polling station in November.

Undoing Roe V. Wade would force American women back to a time where a woman had thee choices:

  • Back alley abortions which are unsafe and could lead to death.
  • Carry the pregnancy to full term and be the best mother they could be under the circumstances.
  • Carry the pregnancy to full term and give the child up for adoption, hoping that they will be adopted by loving and supportive parents.

The fact is that abortion and the right to a legal and safe abortion is more than the physical act itself. It is a woman saying that she is living on her terms and will not kowtow to the idea that she is there simply to be a man’s sexual playing/cook/housekeeper/baby maker/daycare worker.

We are not going backwards, we are going forwards. The strides that American women have made are to be celebrated. While we celebrate our achievements, we must also remember that there is still much to be fought for. Voting is the easiest way to fight and to make sure that those in power hear our voices.

Ladies, we must all go to the ballot box in November. If you are over 18 and not registered to vote, please register.  If you are over 18 and already a registered voter, please, I implore you, please vote. If not for yourself, for the girls too young to vote and for the girls not yet born. Their future and our future depends on it.

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Earth To Tony Tinderholt

Tony Tinderholt is a Republican member House Of Representatives from Texas.

He also wants to not only throw women in jail who have had abortions, but he wants to take away their voting rights.

This man makes my skin crawl. Not only does he want to set us back to pre Roe V. Wade days, he also wants to take us back to the 19th century.

What he forgets (and so does everyone else who is anti-abortion), is that sex, whether for pleasure or for procreation requires two people. If a couple has sex without protection, finds themselves pregnant and the woman chooses to have an abortion, why must only the woman suffer? It was the man’s sperm that met the woman’s egg, therefore he must suffer the consequences as well. While Mr. Tinderholt also proposes in the law to punish men whose partners/spouses have had abortions, he still needs to get his head out of the clouds.

Would he deny an abortion to a sixteen year old who stupidly had sex without protection and whose life will be forever changed if she chooses to become a mother? Would he really add another case to child services workload by forcing a mother who is already financially strapped and relies on government assistance to get by? Would he be so cold to force a rape or incest victim to carry her attacker’s child and raise it as if it as if the child came out a healthy, loving relationship?

This mas has no heart and needs to come back to Earth.

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Terrible Virtue: A Novel Book Review

When we put those we admire on a pedestal, we sometimes forget that the person on the pedestal is a human being with the same faults as any other human being.

Margaret Sanger did not intentionally start out life as a first wave feminist and the originator of Planned Parenthood. Her life and the causes that dominated her life is chronicled in the novel Terrible Virtue: A Novel. Written by Ellen Feldman, the novel starts during Margaret’s early years. She is one of 13 children. Her mother dies young, after years of living through the endless cycle of having a children, working tirelessly to care for her family before having another child.

As an adult, Margaret marries and has three children of her own. She is drawn to the cause of abortion and women’s reproductive health. In spite of the laws at the time, Margaret (who is living in New York City) reaches out to the lower class and immigrant women who desperately need her services. While she is doing this, there are many who are fighting to see her jailed and her ability to help the women in need stopped indefinitely. Adding to the drama, Margaret is feeling the heat at home. Her marriage is falling apart and her children are starting to feel like they are second best.

 

I really enjoyed reading this book. I really enjoyed it because not only did the writer perfectly show Margaret Sanger as human being (not just a heroine on a pedestal), but also because the same issues that existed in her time sadly still exist in ours.

I absolutely recommend it.

 

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The 2016 Election, The Trump Tapes And Perhaps, Finally A Change For The Better

In light of the leaking of the tapes this weekend, perhaps a change for the better is on the horizon.

The language in the video is not new. Women have been viewed as mindless, brainless, soul less sexual objects since the beginning of time. The Republican Party (especially the male politicians) in recent years has not been shy about their repellent and antiquated views on women-centric topics (i.e. abortion, rape and sexual assault).

Only time will tell who takes the oath of office next year. I can only hope that the leak of the Trump tapes will open the door to an honest discussion of very difficult topics and the steps we need to take to ensure that these conversations are no longer needed.

I’m still with her and you should be too.

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October 9, 2016 · 8:42 pm

Donald Trump, Again….But This Time On Abortion

Here we go again, another blog post about Donald Trump and why he is should not be taking the oath of office next January. But it must be done.

This time, it is about a topic that should be a private decision, but unfortunately, it is not: abortion.

First he says that women who have abortions should be punished. Then he says that it is not the woman who should be punished, but the medical professional who performed the abortion should be held legally responsible for the abortion.

First of all, when your President, once you make a decision and/or statement, there is no recanting or going back. You stick to your guns.

Secondly, this man not only is on his third marriage, but he has daughters and granddaughters. Let me offer this scenario: Donald Trump is elected President Of The United States (perish the thought, I know, but go with me for this, please) and he signs legislation on a bill that would not only nullify  Roe V. Wade, but it would also send women and/or their doctors to jail for performing abortions.

Let’s say that a woman of child-birthing age within his personal circle is pregnant, but the doctors have determined that if the pregnancy continues to full term, they could not say with 100% certainty that the mother and/or the child will survive the birth. They abort the pregnancy to allow the woman to have other children in the future. The woman and/or her doctors are arrested and forced to stand trial for saving the life of the mother and any future children she may have.

If this is the future of our country, then I am more than a little scared.

I’m going to end this post with a video from the 2008 election, because it just as relevant today as it was then.

And the Republications wonder why 55% of female voters are voting for Hillary Clinton.

Enjoy your weekend.

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John Oliver On Abortion Rights….Absolute Perfection

I could go on and on about why abortion must be legal in this country, but I will let John Oliver do it. Well, because he is John Oliver and he is brilliant.

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February 23, 2016 · 10:23 pm