Mao Dezone said “Women hold up half the sky”. I read that recently and it stuck with me. Then I read an editorial that John Irving wrote titled The Long Cruel History of the Anti-Abortion Crusade. Abortion is legal and women should have the right to make decisions about their own bodies.
Countries such as Europe have such a deep history that is part of their future. The US doesn’t operate like that. We are a country that is always looking to the future and rarely thinking about our past. Irving, who wrote Cider House Rules is a book that speaks about the history of abortion. I might have to reread it this summer.
Clearly anti-abortion is about taking rights away from women. The crusaders of this movement (mostly white men) don’t care about what happens to a woman or child who aren’t able to get an abortion because they can’t afford one. Many of the people who are anti-abortion don’t support welfare or any help for unwanted mothers. If they really cared about women not getting pregnant unless they want to have a child, then they would care more about education and birth control options. Their views and rhetoric are only targeted at people who live in underserved communities that do not have the financial wherewithal to have an abortion if they choose to. That is a power play pure and simple.
More women are at the table with their voices from politics to managing companies and starting them. Those voices is the 50% that has been held back due to social norms and a very thick glass ceiling but as times change, that 50% of women who hold up the sky, are one day going to be the leaders and quell the voices of white men who have taken full advantage of their power.
Abortion is a woman’s right to choose and it is important that we make sure that this remains a law. After all, never trust to pious man.