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Archive for April 5th, 2010

Speaking up

When the Criminal Homicide and Abortion Amendments bill passed in Utah at the beginning of March, both Shine and Marie reached the end of their rope when it came to women’s rights and issues consistently being pushed backwards rather than moving forwards. They decided to have a day in which any blogger could write about women’s rights and issues and bring them to the forefront so that we could speak up and make all of our voices heard. Here is my story. Know it. Write it. Say it.

When I got the email from Marie a couple weeks ago, I knew I wanted participate somehow. I wanted to be able to lend my voice to the cause – even if I don’t usually get too issue-y here – whichever way I could. But even as I write this, I’m not sure what I want to say. Not because I don’t know where I stand, but because the issues facing women are such hot topics and so involved that I fear not doing them justice.

But I’ll try.

The issue of abortion is something that I’ve struggled with since high school. I grew up in a Christian household- I am a Christian now – and there’s still that part of me that wonders if I could ever do it, if it were necessary. But, even while I’m thinking about that, I realize that, regardless of my decision, I do have that option. And my hypothetical doctor and I are the only ones who would know, physically, what would be best for me. Which is why statements like this really grate at me:

According to [Rep. Wimmer’s] Web site, as chairman of the Utah Family Action Council, “we are continually working to pass pro-life legislation which will weaken Roe v. Wade. Abortions should be reserved for extreme cases only.”

Abortions should be reserved for extreme cases only.” Who makes that decision? Who decides what’s extreme and what’s dangerous? It should be the woman, whoever she decides to ask to be by her side, and her doctor. There’s no room for any politicians or lawmakers on that list. Not for something so personal, invasive, and potentially life changing.

There’s so much more that can be said on the issue of abortion, and even as I write this I’m thinking of 20 different directions that I want to take the post and it’s overwhelming.

But for right now it comes down to this: there has been a disconnect between what we, as women, need and what politicians think is best. And we need to open those lines of communication to make them listen, and make our voices heard.

Like I said, there’s no way that I did this topic justice, but it’s so important that I couldn’t not participate. Please go see Marie for more information and for links to all the other participants, who can say these things so much better than I can.


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