Sunday, September 13, 2009

Suggested Sunday reading (9/13)

Image from Birth Pangs

A group in Florida is trying to outlaw a number of things associated with reproductive health -- such as birth control. (And abortion and the morning-after pill.) This is a "personhood" group, Personhood Florida, and the legislation they want to put before voters would also define a person from the moment of conception. (These are the same people who got similar legislation on the ballot in Colorado, where it was overwhemingly rejected by voters.) I've written about "personhood" issues before, as well as other attempts to vilify birth control pills. To be honest, this whole "movement" seems so illogical and, well, silly to me that it's almost hard to take it seriously.

The point of declaring an embryo a person is to make abortion illegal. If such a bill were to ever pass in any state, it would obviously conflict with Roe v. Wade, and I'm sure would end up before a number of courts. Would SCOTUS ever agree with such a law, and thus overturn Roe? I can't see it happening. If SCOTUS wanted to overturn Roe, they could've taken any number of cases over the years and done so. But they haven't, and there's a reason for that.

The point of trying to outlaw birth control and morning-after pills, as far as I can tell, is to simply keep people from having sex. Birth control pills and morning-after pills don't kill babies. That kind of talk is just a tactic, an excuse to involve themselves in women's sex lives. It is not an attempt to save babies. Want to see abortion rates increase? Outlaw birth control. People aren't going to stop having sex -- or abortions -- no matter what.

I'll never understand why a group concerned about abortion rates doesn't work to lessen the need for them, by helping all mothers, instead of living in some fantasy land where they think making the procedure illegal will result in zero abortions. And do these people realize, or care, that if women were to stop having sex, that means no sex for men either? Doubtful. This group is full of people infected with the religion, and are probably the same people calling for government to stay out of health care, at least judging by their Twitter page. It's rich, their demand for government to not be involved in health care, while they demand to get their hands and the government's in women's uteruses. I'll be keeping an eye on this attempt to control women in Florida, while hoping most citizens there are too smart to even sign the group's petition, let alone vote to pass such legislation.

In other reading:
  • Pam's House Blend writes about school officials in Iowa strip-searching five girls. What is wrong with these people?!
  • The St. Petersburg Times posted responses from teenagers about President Obama's address to students on Tuesday. You know the one, where he indoctrinated your kids? Some pretty smart kids in the article.
  • New York Magazine has a fascinating article about photographer Annie Leibovitz and her financial problems that put the rights to all her photos at risk. (The story is now outdated, but worth reading; latest news on her case here.)
  • A movie is being made about The Goree Girls, "a real-life 1940s-era country music group comprised of all-female prison inmates."
  • The BBC reports on Muslim women's rights in South Africa.
  • After recent elections, the parliament in Kurdistan is now made up of 33 percent women. (The U.S. Congress has 93 women out of 535, or 17 percent.)
  • Feministing writes about Uruguay becoming the first Latin America country to pass a gay adoption law.
  • KimWrites has a great post on body image, "Read my hips: The 'fat' photo"
  • If you're looking for something simultaneously amusing and sad, check out this column on how feminists are out to destroy men.
  • Finally, one of the most disturbing stories I've seen in a while: a "cemetery" in Evansville, Ind., which features 2,000 wooden crosses to symbolize abortion "victims," is seeking people to "adopt" their souls. For $5, you can name the baby and pray for its soul. Allegedly the money they make is going to be used to update the crosses to PVC pipe crosses. (Do 2,000 PVC pipe crosses cost $10,000? I'm skeptical.)

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