Tuesday, January 22, 2008

winds of the old days

I hope every woman in this country, whether they agree with Roe or they disagree with Roe, whether they themselves would make one decision or another, will come together and say: Pro-choice means that the Government respects the individual, and isn't that really what our country is all about?
Barbara Boxer (b.1940) u.s. senator from california


today is the 35th anniversary of roe v wade - a most important date for the rights of u.s. women.

as long as women have been getting pregnant, women have also sought to end pregnancies. this is a fact.

The international community has recognized that unsafe abortion is a major threat to women's health. By liberalizing restrictive abortion laws and investing in abortion safety, governments can save the lives of tens of thousands of women every year. History has shown that women worldwide, when faced with unwanted pregnancy, seek abortions regardless of the legality of the procedure. Many have no choice but to undergo abortions performed by unqualified practitioners in unhygienic settings. About one-third of the women who have abortions performed under these circumstances experience complications that pose major risks to their lives and health.
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if you are against abortion, don't have one.

pictures: taken at the 1989 march for women's equality and women's lives

15 comments:

Rev. Don Spitz said...

"don't believe in abortion , don't have one" is that like, don't believe in shooting babykilling abortionists don't shoot one?
SAY THIS PRAYER: Dear Jesus, I am a sinner and am headed to eternal hell because of my sins. I believe you died on the cross to take away my sins and to take me to heaven. Jesus, I ask you now to come into my heart and take away my sins and give me eternal life.

Salty Miss Jill said...

Yes, we should all be praying for our sinning, black souls, now, shouldn't we? We'll get right to that.(snort)

Thanks for the reminder, kimy! Today is a glorious day indeed. :)

lettuce said...

35 years, blimey that doesn't seem possible.

and isn't it scary how "public opinion" and legislation seems to have the ability to swing around so wildly.

yes, thanks for the reminder.

zquilts said...

OMG tmpus really does fugit! I remember it all so well. How can all these years fly by. Thanks for the reminder of why we all cared!

Colette Amelia said...

I am still revelling in the goodness and wisdom of Reverend King...for he was concerned about those living.
He worked for positive change.

The curse of poverty has no justification in our age. It is socially as cruel and blind as the practice of cannibalism at the dawn of civilization, when men ate each other because they had not yet learned to take food from the soil or to consume the abundant animal life around them. The time has come for us to civilize ourselves by the total, direct and immediate abolition of poverty.

Now maybe some have the luxury of income that will enable them and their children to meet their full potential...Rev. Don not all do. And to put aside the rights, needs, and the well being of women for the rights of the unborn is unfair and promotes inequality.

Men have the ability to live a life unfettered by the needs of family, children and wives. And all the praying to God which ever god is out there will not help the plight of women or children.

Let us be a World in which every child is wanted and every child is nurtured with kindness, economic stability and acceptance no matter what ethnicity, or religion.

Lets be sure that the life that is lived on earth is one worth living for before we start worrying about our eternal soul.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/special/mlk/king/words/poverty.html

Ekim said...

Isn't rev don spitz special.

SAY THIS PRAYER: Dear Jesus, save us from the whacko religious right.

Geez, Kimy, you know how to stir up the people with a direct line to their god and their "What is good for me is good for you" attitude.

Ekim said...

Did you check the spitz site?

I love the line "PETA is full of hate and anti-Christian bigotry" and "The PETA adherents worship animals instead of The One True God, The Lord Jesus Christ."

I almost burst a gut.

Colette Amelia said...

It seems like Rev Don is ok with bombing health facilities...and who knows what else when they disagree with his reality?

Thank God we have Laws!! Or it would be back to the Wild West where the ones with the quickest draw ruled the land.

d. chedwick bryant said...

I believe people have rights to their own bodies, and should decide things for themselves.

kimy said...

thanks everyone for your comments...

as for rev. don as I am praying for his bigoted, violent and self-righteous 'soul' (but does he have one?) - in addition to checking out his blog which was very frightening, I googled him and discovered that he is one of those zealots who appears to both condone and advocate terrorism directed toward people who provide abortion services. I hope he will stay away from the mouse.....for now I am leaving his comment up in the spirit of free speech. however, I can't promise I will continue being so tolerant ....

ekim - I will make your prayer one of my regulars - it is right on!!

yes, ched you nailed it each person has the right to control her or his own body.

compulsory motherhood has no place. every child should be a wanted child!

Randeep said...

Thanks for the welcome back! And yes, every child a wanted child, indeed - especially as so many (Planned Parenthood says half!?) of all pregnancies in the U.S. right now are unintended. Being anti-choice and anti-contraception is so divorced from the real lives of women! But I guess the patriarchy has never been concerned with the practicalities of women's lived experience.

WAT said...

I have the perfect, although perhaps jarring sad film on this subject: EL CRIMEN DEL PADRE AMARO. Spanish-subtitled Mexican film with a wonderful lead actor.

Do check it out if u ever get the chance!

WAT said...

I meant English-subtitled Spanish spoken! OOPS!

Mouse said...

Oh Kimy. I hesitate to speak but...
(and PLEASE DO NOT THINK I AGREE WITH THE RELIGIOUS BIGOT) but...
I can't comtemplate abortion
I spent 8 years trying to get pregnant. 8 years of surgery and counselling and drugs and all those kookie crazy things people do when they're desperate, so I find the idea of killing an unborn child totally incomprehensible.
But then I speak only for myself and I wouldn't presume to criticise others or tell them what to do. I just think it is such a shame that abortions are still necessary in this, the 21st century
and if I could I'd fill my home with kids, even now that mine are all grown up and flown the nest.
So, go on, shoot me guys!

kimy said...

wat - excellent movie, I saw it a few years ago. powerful and quite controversial - especially for the catholic church!

sister mouse - I hear you and I sympathize. we should and can only speak for ourselves. we each need to act according to our own conscience and based on our own circumstances. what is appropriate or even necessary for one person is not the same for another -- quite frankly I believe it is ludicrous for people to assume otherwise.

I'm so sorry to read of the hardships you have to endure, you are not alone. many of us suffer fertility issues, I think the alarming rise of infertility is probably a symptom of the many environmental assaults humans have brought on the earth. each day I give thanks that I have a wonderful daughter - despite desire, I only have one child. but I give joy that there are 'villages' of children that need and benefit from loving, kind and peaceful adults/guardians.

there is a great deal of debate and controversy in the area of reproductive rights - like the simple use of the word child. to me a fetus is not the same as a child. potential doesn't translate into result. but, this is much too big a topic for this venue. what this mouse advocates is a woman should have control over her own body. no government nor other 'authority' has the right to decide what is best for a particular woman.

thanks everyone for your thoughtful comments.