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Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Those of us who came of age with the soul-searching prose of Anais Nin tucked under one arm and the cerebral feminist-treatise of Nancy Friday under the other see the anti-choice movement as about something other than an altruistic desire to save lives.
The movement – given fangs by the Bush administration – has just scored it’s first coup with the new South Dakota law that bans all abortions except those needed to save a would-be mother’s life.
The new legislation has the immediate effect of denying women their constitutional right to privacy and serves the more far-reaching goal of legislating a code of conduct for women.
The well-worn counterpoint to the anti-choicers assertions that this is about saving lives is that, if they really cherished every life, they wouldn’t be so zealous about waging war, so adamant about capital punishment, so sanctimonious in regard to the impoverished, so off-hand about eating meat.
But, again, it’s not about life. It’s about control. Representative Bill Napoli of South Dakota reveled what’s really in the hearts of many of these “pro-lifers.” In this statement to the press he ponders who may be eligible for an abortion:
“A real-life description to me would be a rape victim, brutally raped, savaged. The girl was a virgin. She was religious. She planned on saving her virginity until she was married. She was brutalized and raped, sodomized as bad as you can possibly make it, and is impregnated. I mean, that girl could be so messed up, physically and psychologically, that carrying that child could very well threaten her life.”
Creepy. I wish you could hear the actual sound bite. Not to defile the high standards of Internet discourse, but the guy sounds like he’s about to cream his pants.
Virgin. Religious. Brutalized. Sodomized.
Do you see my point? Forcing a woman to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term is punishment for not being a virgin and for not being religious… for not submitting to the patriarchal vision of femininity.
Which leads me to my next point: this fundamentalist desire for control and homogeny leads to sexual repression of the Roy Kohn brand which results in sexual perversion of the Catholic church brand.
To call them hypocrites misses the point. They’re terrified.--Posted by Kay
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