Is ‘Pro-Life’ to be in Control of Women?

Holy Hormones Journal Anthea McTeirnan raises some very interesting with her poignant observations about the difference between the pro-choice and anti-choice perspectives on abortion as she asks Ireland whether they love women.   “To be pro-life is to be in control of women.” I think American women saw the answer to that question after the 2012 elections.  I concur – to be pro-life is to be in control of women’s bodies.  How many men do we have to see arguing about women’s reproductive rights or states passing restrictive laws against abortion –  before we get the message.

The article and my comments above are not about ‘abortion’ – they are about control vs. trust – or hate (misogyny) vs. love.  A woman friend once said: “If you cannot trust me to make a decision about my body – how can your trust me at all?  Prozac anyone?  Perhaps we are not trusted after all.  And loved?   At what price?

Do you love us, Ireland? Do you love women?

The Irish Times
April 24, 2013
by Anthea McTeirnan

The anti-choice side have built their settlement on the moral high ground. That high ground is a loveless place, devoid of respect for women. It’s the site of the Magdalene laundries and the wards of our symphisiotomy abattoirs. To be “pro-life” is to want to be in control of women. There, love is lost.

denied_icon“Just love.” That is the message pro-choice activists have struggled to wrest from the hands of those who place women behind a fertilised ovum in terms of rank and importance.

“Just love.” That is the message falling on deaf ears as our legislators argue about the numbers of clever clinicians who must be assembled to judge the sincerity of a women’s plea to end her pregnancy – or her life.

The anti-choice side have built their settlement on the moral high ground. That high ground is a loveless place, devoid of respect for women. It’s the site of the Magdalene laundries and the wards of our symphisiotomy abattoirs. The same territory. To be “pro-life” is to want to be in control of women. There, love is lost.

To trust women to make their own decisions and to have control over their reproductive systems, is love, because love is trust and love is respect.

With our commitment to support marriage equality, we have stepped into line with other nations. We are walking towards equality and we are starting to love ourselves – and everyone else – without discrimination. The future feels better already.

So thanks to Marriage Equality for inspiring us all.The question we ask now is: do you love us, Ireland? Do you love us as much as Germany or France or Britain or Canada loves their women residents? Do you love us enough to trust us to make the right decisions for the best of reasons? Do you love us enough to release your stranglehold on our bodies before it does any more damage?

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May 25, 2013 Women’s eNews reports:

Abortion-rights were bolstered this week by court decisions across the country.

A federal court in San Francisco struck down Arizona’s ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, The Associated Press reported May 21.

A federal judge has temporarily blocked enforcement of an Arkansas law banning abortions past 12 weeks when a heartbeat is detected, Christian News Network reported May 21.

Virginia’s Women’s Strike Force kicked off their candidate interviewing process this week to identify and assist candidates who support women’s reproductive rights, the organization said in a press statement May 21.

Democrats in the House and Senate are looking to stop what they say are deceptive advertising practices by clinics that imply they offer abortion services, but instead encourage birth and promote adoption, The Hill reported May 20.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.