If I Wanted the Government in My Womb…

May 23, 2012 at 9:32 AM 1 comment


On Sunday a woman wearing this T-shirt was kicked off an American Airlines flight because it offended the crew:

In this country, you see, fundamentalist right-wing male legislators in every state can take away your rights. They can deny you access to contraception, breast exams, Pap smears, and other primary preventive care. They can deny you access to safe emergency contraception and safe medication abortion. They can force any woman in need of a safe abortion to listen to lies about outcomes of the procedure long disproven by medical science and public health professionals. They can mandate that you to listen to religious dogma at crisis pregnancy centers, force you to look at an ultrasound or hear a heartbeat, make you wait 24-, 36-, 72-hours before you can get a safe, legal abortion, just because they feel like it, and just because they feel like it, they can raise the costs of that abortion — in terms of travel, childcare, medical expenses and time — to really shame you good. Moreover, they feel empowered to coerce you into procedures like trans-vaginal ultrasounds, which I maintain is a form of state-sponsored rape.

But protest these laws and the War on Women with a t-shirt that gets right to the point? Let people know the basis of all of it, the people that “want government out of our lives” want to place it directly into our bodies? In a country supposedly founded on freedom of speech and expression, in which protestors can stand outside clinics harassing and threatening women and doctors, and run through every public square with gory doctored photos? A country in which other protestors can stand outside the funerals of gay soldiers killed in duty and scream disgusting insults, and still have their rights protected?

Oh, no. You can’t do that.

So true.  So true.



Entry filed under: Dumbed Down, Laws / Judiciary, Religion, Repression, Republicans, Including Wingers & "Moderates", Sexism, We the People.

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  • 1. JC for pennies  |  May 24, 2012 at 6:14 AM

    I have a cousin who’s a flight attendant at AA. She’s older than most, has been working for them many years, and may be close to retirement. I doubt that she would be offended. I’m sure she’s encountered “much worse than that” on the job.

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