Just yesterday, I came across the article on the lawmaker who proposed that miscarriage be classified as “prenatal murder” if a woman cannot prove she wasn’t the cause of the pregnancy loss. Nevermind the fact that doctors don’t know what causes the majority of miscarriages. Nevermind that a woman is already going through enough trauma when their body expels the baby they had every intention of carrying to term. And God help the woman who lifts something too heavy, or is at fault in a car accident, or falls and hurts herself so badly that she loses her pregnancy. Because if this law passed, she could be charged with a felony.
I find this outrageous, and it pisses me off to no end. But it’s not the only form of attack on women in this country.
Obviously we are in some economically trying times in this county. And legislature is coming up with a budget to compensate for money lost. But, as an editorial piece in the NY Times proclaims, the budget being proposed by the Republican House of Representatives is staging “a war on women”. Because it’s long, I’ll give you the “cliff’s notes” version of the piece. But if you’re concerned about any of this, I urge you to read it for yourself by clicking HERE.
The proposed budget will strip Planned Parenthood of its funding, and eliminate Title X, “the federal family planning program for low-income women that provides birth control, breast and cervical cancer screenings, and testing for H.I.V. and other sexually transmitted diseases.” Without this program, women will go untreated, possibly without even knowing, if they have cancer or an STD. That means they could die. And the rate of abortions will go up if women don’t have access to birth control.
Speaking of abortions, if a group even talks about abortion at all they will lose federal funding. If a woman has an abortion during her childbearing years, she will be denied insurance coverage. Hospitals that receive federal funds are even allowed to refuse to terminate a pregnancy – even if it’s to save the mother’s life.
Also affected are the WIC program, which will be reduced by 10%, and a $50 million cut from programs that offer healthcare to 31 million low-income children and prenatal healthcare to 2.5 million low-income women a year.
As the editorial piece states, it’s doubtful that all of this will pass without some amendments. But some of this will. And this attack on women’s reproductive rights and care is shocking, and infuriating. Do any of these men have mothers, sisters, daughters, or wives? Are we stepping back in time to 100 years ago, when women were considered mere property of their husbands without the right to any say at all?
What the hell is going on?