Monday, March 06, 2006

Carve a coat hanger into Mt. Rushmore


Hello readers,

This is normally a very light and funny blog, meant to entertain (as I hope it does!). I debated whether or not I should post this here. But, people like South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds put a very large thorn in my hide, and I've got a very tough hide, dear readers. This is an important enough issue for yours truly to be compelled to speak my mind, loudly and publicly. You see, South Dakota has gone and done it - Governor Rounds signed an abortion ban into law. No exceptions for rape or incest. I'm sure it will be tied up in the courts for a while, but that's the whole point; to challenge Roe v. Wade, and send the abortion debate back to the states.

Below I've attached a letter that I emailed to Gov. Rounds. Several other states are now entertaining similar bans. This is really happening, and no one can afford to stay silent. I think it's a great idea to send letters to our respective governors urging them to take a stand against restricting women's privacy and autonomy. You can do so here.

I've never had an abortion, and I don't know whether I would be able to, even if I found myself unexpectedly pregnant. I have friends who have had abortions; I supported them. I have seen the difficulties they faced when making that decision - the gravity with which they weighed their choices. I am enraged when I hear people complain that "women use abortion as a form of birth control", when all of the women I knew had to have abortions because their contraception failed. Besides, it's surgery, people, not a trip to the spa! Christ on a cracker!

I do feel passionately that sex education, widely available contraception, education about sexual violence, and strong support for victims of sexual violence, are the only ways to truly reduce the number of abortions in the US. Regardless, the right to choose whether or not I carry a pregnancy shouldn't be anyone's but mine. Let's not kid ourselves - having the state, rather than a woman and her doctor, decide whether that woman continues a pregnancy or not relegates all women to less-than-human status. And let me be clear - an outright abortion ban violates the 13th amendment of the Constitution, which states that "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."

If forced pregnancy by the state is not slavery, tell me what is. Thank you for listening, and I hope you will take action.

And now, for your reading pleasure:
Governor Rounds,
Congratulations on passing a total abortion ban in your state. Congratulations are definitely in order, as the ban will force traumatized women and teenagers who have been raped to relive the brutality of their attacks day after day, as they carry their rapists' babies to term. Congratulations on establishing a legal right to force young girls whose fathers have raped them to give birth to their own brothers.

Congratulations in advance for increasing the number of women who will die each year from seeking illegal abortions (it has been proven that abortion bans don't stop abortion; they just send it underground). Congratulations on increasing the number of unwanted children born in South Dakota - I'm sure that the affluent white population of your state can't wait to adopt babies born to black and hispanic women who didn't have the financial capability to raise them! I'm sure, Governor Rounds, that you yourself are prepared to adopt one of these children, since you enforced the ban so readily!

You, sir, are a trailblazer; nothing says "culture of life" like passing a law that ruins the lives of those already born. Congratulations on pushing women's rights back 33 years in your state. Most importantly, congratulations for establishing - once and for all - that the women of South Dakota are not people, just baby machines that happen to walk and talk.

You have acted with deplorable self-righteousness, insisting that you are saving innoncent lives, without a thought for the innocent lives that this ban will ruin. How very proud you must feel, and how relieved I am that I live in California.

Sincerely,
Ginger Lime


If you'd like to give Governor Rounds a piece of your mind, as I did, email him here.
Hat tip to Feministing for the graphic above.

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17 Comments:

Anonymous Gay, Black and FIERCE said...

Is it not clear that "Pro-Choice,"
is not "Pro-Abortion?" They make it seem like
abortion is just a light and fluffy procedure like
getting your ears pierced or a little heart tattoo on
your ankle. WELL IT'S NOT! And I'm sorry, but is
their an over-crowding problem in SD? Has there been
an abortion rampage running amok? Hmmm.... maybe it'smen trying to control women (I know, what a very
strange concept.)

How about this Governot Rounds... how about me and 5
million black guys move to that white state of yours,
and we'll see how quickly the abortion laws changes.
Hell, lets throw in a couple million Catholics and a
variety of other minorities just for fun. What?
What's that? Little Becky Sue has got herself in some
"trouble" with her new boyfriend Rayheim, and since we
can affored it, we're going to make a little trip to
Colorado to get the problem all fixed. Or maybe, gee,
look at all the money that the Catholic community is
taking away from our churches, well, we can't have
that! Don't they know about birth control?

Yeah, I know... a little harsh, right? Maybe not as
PC as you've known me to be, right? Maybe as a gay
non-South Dakotian, I shouldn't say anything. Except
for the fact that the peopel who can't afford a luxury
flight out of state to get an abortion, are going to
be screwed. Not to mention I have a conscience, care
about women's rights, and I'm not a complete idiot and
can figure out that if you don't have the capacity to
get pregnant, maybe you shouldn't be making all the
fucking rules over people who can.

10:43 AM  
Blogger existsnomore said...

Great post, really enjoyed that letter.

1:33 PM  
Blogger pixiedust73 said...

I wrote a letter myself my dear friend,you'll be happy to know I am now apart of Orange County Womans Democratic Committee

8:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Men should not even have a say on issues of abortion since they don't have to share their body with another life for nine months.

Nyx

12:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I not only think but strongly believe that women should have a say in what they want their bodies to go through.I'm 13 an although i have not had an experience like this, i've heard and have been appalled by the way abortion has been ruled out in these situations. In some cases families saying that it's the girls fault for attracting attention to herself or that her father has a right to her!That is not true!women have to stand up for this!
You can't expect a woman to carry her fathers or rapists baby with pride,or even tolarate it!And imagine all the Women who wil suffer psychologically and the children knowign they were not wanted!this will not only affect the woman but the child as well.

Mr. Governor, the day you become a woman, you can have a say in this, until then, leave your religios and/or conservative views OUT of other womens lives whom you do not control.I wonder how he even got elected and I doubt people will vote for this law.

p.s. sorry abotu the long post, this just truly irritated me...

12:36 AM  
Blogger Ginger said...

Anon, thanks for your comment; I think it's important for people to know that young women do educate themselves on this issue, and put genuine thought and emotion behind their opinions.

4:45 PM  
Anonymous Leticia said...

I happened upon your blog but 3 days ago, but let me say that I love LOVE LOVE you for this. It expresses my incredible outrage and silent scream when that happened. I helped out by signing Planned Parenthood's petition and calling campaign at the time. I felt so worn out, though. I'm 37 yrs old, and I feel like I've been fighting this battle all my life, like when it comes to women's autonomy it's 1 step forward and 3 steps back.

And now I read here and there online that women on both the far left and right of the political spectrum -- and men, too, of course -- are pressuring doctors and insurance companies to not give "fit" women the option of a c-section. "Too posh to push" is a disgusting, sexist, phrase that I've found out recently is affecting even women in the U.S. whose docotors have refused c-sections on them because of the curiously left-centered insistence that "natural" is better. From what I've gathered from all the courses I took in college, "natural" came with death-while-birthing as the number cause of death for women.

*sigh* I'm rambling, I know, but once again THANK YOU and am so glad you took time to do this. Much MUCH LOVE!

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