Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Womperz. The Only Appropriate Word to Describe the Past Two Years.

Two thousand eleven was a tough year for women in the United States. Conservative politicians and activist groups set their rage and fury upon women, specifically women’s reproductive health.



After the House voted to de-fund Planned Parenthood in February 2011, the hits kept coming. While many states have battled over access to abortion and restrictions to birth control for many years, there has not been this much public attention on women’s reproductive health since Roe v. Wade in 1973.

Just looking at the legal side of this, in 2005 there were 34 abortion restrictions enacted across the country, at the time a record.

In 2011—out of over 1,100 proposed provisions to existing laws—135 new laws about reproductive health were adopted, 92 of which restricted abortion.

Take a gander at this handy graph from the Guttmacher Institute.


Thing is, this massive increase in restrictions doesn't have anything to do with the number of abortions there are in the world. This isn't some response to a crisis level of abortions. Take a look here. While the graph only goes to 2005, the general trend follows.

The reason why we have so many freaking restrictions on abortions is because we have so many freaking crazy-level religious politicians and ├╝ber sanctimonious conservative Christians lobbying for the end of reproductive freedom.

Why? 

Good freaking question. The only logical answer I can come up with is that they have decided that they hate women. Which seems pretty damn illogical to me.

My other, more academically sound theory is that abortion and contraceptives are an easy target. It's easy to get people riled up about these things, whether they are pro-choice or anti-choice. Stuff like the deficit, foreign aid, oil, the war(s), job creation... a little trickier to make soundbites for. Saying that women who use the Pill are sluts... now that's an easy soundbite.

Depressed by how your reproductive freedom is being manipulated by politicians for their own personal gain? Well... you should be. But most of all, you should be angry. And you should be paying attention to what PPact and Emily's List and Miss Representation are saying because there are lots of people clued in on what we should be doing to make sure we don't elect these nimrods again.

In case you're feeling really down in the dumps, I'll leave you with this.




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