Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Abortion and Women as 21st Century Indentured Servants

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 11:43 AM

The Men with Bad Haircuts, those who devise sexually humiliating punishments for women seeking abortion in the form of vaginal ultrasound probes, would not be content to stop there, I think, in their attempts to outlaw abortion in this country - to return us to that blessed realm of the pre-Roe V Wade state.

A nation before women began to take control of a little too much power, in their minds.

Aside from the angry men who would actually have women charged with a crime, should they have an abortion, you have the men who are willing to say that, yes, a woman should be legally compelled to carry a child to term, even if the child is the result of rape or incest.

Or even, to be quite frank, if a woman has thought long and hard about it, and has come to the conclusion that, whatever reasons (and we don’t need to be privy to them) she must have an abortion.

Yes, I am aware of the argument that the feelings of the father need to somehow play into account, but in the final analysis, it is the woman’s body, and her decision. To force her to have the baby, either through legal means or through emotional bullying (“You’ll learn to love it; just watch more Lifetime movies”) is to turn a modern American woman into a 21st Century indentured servant, a woman whose body belongs to the State, or her Family, or a Man.

And once becoming that indentured servant, that brood mare for whatever sense of morality has driven her into that state of ownership, how might she view pregnancy in the future? To say nothing of how she might come to feel about those whose unyielding and unforgiving attitudes told her that she must yield to their beliefs?

And, of course, it will be yet another reminder that in the New Order of Things, women don’t have any control over anything at all, really.

******

Quote of the Day

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. - Dalai Lama

rsdrake@cox.net

Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Richard Drake

  • When we quote politicians, we are ACTUALLY quoting their speech writers?

    Long before the virtual reality world of Facebook ever existed, folks around the world have been fond of quoting their favorite political figures, alongside writers, poets, cowboy philosophers and such.
    • Nov 28, 2016
  • The dying man who “loaned” me some books

    Back in the 1990s, when AIDS was taking away so many of our friends and family members, a friend of mine, Robert - who though deathly ill had also spent much of his time going to public schools and the like, talking about his illness - had one final gathering at his home, surrounded by people he had grown close to over the years.
    • Nov 22, 2016
  • Want folks to vote? Give ‘em a tax break

    We have heard much over the recent years about declaring Election Day a sort of holiday, so that folks can use the day to vote.
    • Nov 15, 2016
  • More »

Most Shared

  • Department of Arkansas Heritage archeologist resigns

    Bob Scoggin, 50, the Department of Arkansas Heritage archeologist whose job it was to review the work of agencies, including DAH and the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, for possible impacts on historic properties, resigned from the agency on Monday. Multiple sources say Scoggin, whom they describe as an "exemplary" employee who the week before had completed an archeological project on DAH property, was told he would be fired if he did not resign.
  • Lessons from Standing Rock

    A Fayetteville resident joins the 'water protectors' allied against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
  • Child welfare too often about 'punishing parents,' DCFS consultant tells legislators

    Reforms promised by the Division of Children and Family Services are "absolutely necessary," the president of DCFS's independent consultant told a legislative committee this morning. But they still may not be enough to control the state's alarming growth in foster care cases.
  • Donald Trump taps Tom Price for HHS Secretary; Medicaid and Medicare cuts could be next

    The selection of Tom Price as HHS secretary could signal that the Trump administration will dismantle the current healthcare safety net, both Medicaid and Medicare.
  • Fake economics

    Fake news is a new phenomenon in the world of politics and policy, but hokey economic scholarship has been around as long as Form 1040 and is about as reliable as the news hoaxes that enlivened the presidential campaign.

Visit Arkansas

Arkansas remembers Pearl Harbor

Arkansas remembers Pearl Harbor

Central Arkansas venues have a full week of commemorative events planned

Top Commenters

Blogroll

 

© 2016 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation