I have to keep reminding myself that it is, indeed, 2014. I wouldn’t be able to discern this from so many incidents in recent history, not the least of which was yesterday’s SCOTUS decision in the Hobby Lobby case.
This decision reminded me, once again, that we are in a dark age in which corporations and religious groups are treated more like ‘persons’ than women. Their voices and views hold more sway than a woman’s right to self-determination, including her right to make the very private choice of which contraceptive method is appropriate for her situation and medical needs or preferences.
In 2014, a business can win a Supreme Court case based on its distorted view of the scientific mechanism of contraceptive methods, all without having to prove the science behind that view. It is merely enough that they have a “sincerely held” belief in bad science.
In 2014, protesters are permitted to harass and vilify women who are seeking out providers of the entirely legal procedure of abortion. States are passing statutes that are forcing women to submit to archaic and violative steps prior to securing an abortion in an attempt to shame them into making a different choice. Clinics that provide not only abortion services, but other women’s healthcare services, are forced to close their doors due to overbearing statutes.
Perhaps most galling, these people’s compassion and fervor for the sanctity of life ends at the beginning of that life. They oppose “government handouts” that would keep these children, the ones that they so desperately want these women to birth, fed and provided with healthcare. They stand in the way of access to contraception that would prevent unwanted pregnancies and the need for abortions. They cry out for small government, yet want to insert governmental oversight into the most private of arenas. It is utter and complete hypocritical bullshit.
It is tiring and depressing to see this ever-increasing barrage against women’s rights to control their own bodies, as if existing in this world as a woman isn’t difficult enough without government-sanctioned interference and discrimination.
I hope for better news in the upcoming years. I hope that women are so fed up with this infantilizing crap that they turn out to the polls in full force and vote out the old guard who are afraid of women having control of their bodies and destinies. I hope and I write because the other option is to sink into despair, and I won’t give them the satisfaction of seeing that happen.