State Sponsored Rape
With Virginia poised to enact a law that will force women to get an ultrasound, transvaginally, it seems inevitable that women and their reproductive rights will continue to be ignored. This law not only ignores women but, it also violates them. One reporter described it as state sponsored rape. When you think about it though, it’s more than that. This law allows the state to not only rape women but, also rob them. Because forcing women to get an unnecessary ultrasound wasn’t enough, Virginia legislators saw it fit to make women pay for these unnecessary ultrasounds.
Women and their reproductive rights are being delegated by older men who lack a woman’s perspective. Just this past week the republicans set all men panel of expert witnesses to decide what the laws on contraception should be. Yes, you read that right, a panel of all men was chosen to decide whether contraception should be covered by insurance. And when woman offered to provide an expert opinion they said, “Nah, we men got this. We know what women want and need when it comes to contraception.” They didn’t really say that but by denying a woman to serve on this panel one can imply that’s what they were thinking.
The other disheartening thing besides the fact that men are deciding what women can and can’t do with their bodies, is the men’s reasons for telling women what to do with their bodies. Often times you’ll hear the people who are the most vehemently against abortion or contraception are Catholic or some kind of super strict Christian. And one will think to themselves these men are only against abortion because of their religion. This assumption leads to people asking themselves, “Aren’t we supposed to leave our religions at the door and not let our religious beliefs affect our political beliefs?” You can answer that question with a yes and a no. While we live in a secular state our religious views can play an affect on your political views. It’s when you allow your religious beliefs to dictate to you what your political beliefs that it becomes an issue. Like the Personhood Amendment, a perfect example, shouldn’t have even been allowed because it was drafted and introduced to law makers by a Christian Right group, and for that reason alone it shouldn’t have been introduced to the legislature.
So you see what women have to deal with? They have to deal with a male dominated congress averaging fifty-eight years old, who lack the perspective of women. They also have to deal with a lot of religious zealots who wish to impose their beliefs upon them, even though they say they want a limited government. They have to worry about buying contraception by themselves when they may not have any money to spare. The way I see it, women are being dealt a really bad hand at this point in time and really need people to step up and speak on their behalf. And the people who speak on their behalf actually need to speak for what women want and not what they think women should want.