Abortion has always been a hot topic; especially for the Bible-clutching Republican Party that will always see women within the “June Cleaver” mindset. One too many episodes of June in her pristine dress with pearls, serving up dinner to her happy, little family is what I’m sure most Republican men consider their version of porn.
The reality is, those days are gone.
I can’t even say that they really ever existed because “Leave it to Beaver” was a fictional show; a fantasy. Like the simple town of Mayberry, it doesn’t exist. Yes, sometimes we wax nostalgic over simpler times, and that can be sad. We wish some of the elements of those shows would still infiltrate our lives today, but those days are gone. I defy you to sit a kid down in front of a TV and have them watch an episode of “Leave it to Beaver”–they’d rather watch “Keeping up with the Kardashians,” or Damn Daniel on Instagram.
We have become an intrusive society; always in everyone else’s business, and desperately trying to keep up with the love/hate drama of it all. And so it is with abortion.
It is a very polarizing subject, and at the heart of it is a woman’s right to choose when parenthood is right for her. The discussion runs from “she’s a whore, who needs to keep her legs shut” to “not all birth control taken by responsible women is effective.” But at the heart of it is always “Whose right is it to make the decision?”
I find it laughable that legislation regarding this subject seems to always be in the hands of men who will never experience pregnancy. As has been said before, “if men could get pregnant, not only would abortion be legal and not an issue, but birth control would be available in every public bathroom and corner store…without prescription.” I will take that one step further and say that abortion would most likely also be covered under “Preventative Care”–no co-pay required.
But women have to fight continuously for that same ethos. Worse yet, we seem to be losing ground with current legislators ensconced in Biblical rhetoric. Officials like Matt Bevin, Kentucky’s “Governor-barely-elected”, who thinks that even after decades of not having such requirements, he now wants intrusive and unnecessary hurdles like 24-hour prior consult and trans-vaginal ultrasounds. Somehow, these intrusions don’t fall under the protected rights of women not to have “undue burden” placed upon them, but will somehow turn the tide and make women jump up from the stirrups and proclaim themselves “saved.”
So, legislators keep trying; from mandating unnecessary “transfer to hospital” agreements to regulating every possible building code aspect of the facility used, right down to the size of the lettering of the exit signs. Local government has gone out of its way to “cock-block” every move in order to limit women’s rights that are supposed to be protected under federal law.
Even worse, they are making the legislation and working their loopholes around the subject because…wait for it…the same women, who are not smart enough or capable enough to make these decisions for themselves, would apparently make great mothers if only they’d turn to GOD.
It isn’t enough that men are writing and passing this legislation that will not affect them, but they are doing it under some spiritual directive they think God has given them. So it seems only natural to them that they have relegated women to a virtual “stoning” by insisting that the sanctity of privacy is not available to women making this choice. How could it be private when women are made to go to a separate facility that performs these services exclusively? How is it private when they have to walk through a “God gauntlet” of protesters yelling and telling them that they’re going to Hell and shoving pictures of dolls made to look like aborted fetuses? Women are shamed and reviled who walk through those doors. And why? Because they’ve made a decision that they aren’t ready to be a parent? That raising a child for 18+ years isn’t something to take lightly?
They’ve thrown biology out the door along, with the Constitution and history books, replacing it with their Bible. Or so they think. For while they are busy convincing themselves that the Bible speaks out against such things, actually, the opposite is true. Despite their best wishes, the Bible speaks extensively of many occasions where women…pregnant women…are acted on horribly under God’s ever-present, watchful and condoning eyes.
Let’s start by taking a look at Genesis 38:24
The story is about a man (Judah) who had 3 sons. The first, who was married, was smitten by God for being wicked. It then fell to the second son to take up with his widow but he decided to spill his seed on the ground instead and that upset God, as well, so God killed them both. Now the daughter-in-law of the Judah was told to keep herself like “as a widow” and wait until the third son came of age to marry. When that didn’t pan out in a timely fashion, the daughter-in-law (Tamar) dressed up like a harlot and seduced Judah. Surprise! She got pregnant. But the father didn’t know that Tamar dressed up like the harlot. Later he found out that his daughter-in-law was pregnant and assumed she’d been whoring around. So it goes, “And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told Judah, saying, Tamar, thy daughter-in-law hath played the harlot; and also, behold, she is with child by whoredom. And Judah said, bring her forth, and let her be burnt.
Oops! Daddio didn’t realize that she was the same woman he’d got busy with. Needless to say, he realized the two “harlots” were the same, doesn’t follow through with burning her and the baby alive and did right by his daughter-in-law in biblical terms and keeps having sex and children with her.
Equal amounts of love can be found in Hosea. We’ll start with Hosea: 9:14-16
Give them, O LORD: what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.
All their wickedness is in Gilgal: for there I hated them: for the wickedness of their doings I will drive them out of mine house, I will love them no more: all their princes are revolters.
Ephraim was smitten, their root was dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb.
Or Hosea 13:16
Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up.
I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty abortion-y, even by Biblical standards and sounds about the way the Republican party views abortion and how they feel about the women who have them.
The big one, though, is Numbers 5:11-31 which basically said, this is what you do if you think your wife has been cheating on you: Put these ingredients together, drizzle some of it on her head and if she’s preggers with another man’s baby, The LORD make thee a curse and an oath among thy people, when the LORD doth make thy thigh to rot, and thy belly to swell; And this water that causeth the curse shall go into thy bowels, to make thy belly to swell, and thy thigh to rot:
Good stuff. Very uplifting. It’s a long read but it’s so worth it.
And, if all else fails in making your point to the Anti-choicers, then ask them “what about the Great Flood? The city of Sodom?” Think there were no children roaming the earth who got caught up in all that? Or what about, specifically, the Egyptian plague that took out the firstborn in all of Egypt? Exodus 11:5
“And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant who is behind the mill, and all the firstborn of beasts.”
So it would seem that GOD doesn’t really have a problem with abortion or “killing babies,” so why should legislators?
Because it’s about control. It always has been. It’s easier to perceive women as objects to be objectified– that are only good for receiving their “gifts” and instruction, than people who can and should make choices that are right for themselves.
Women are often relegated to being “whores and sluts” who can’t keep their legs together with never a thought or harsh word for the other person who most likely didn’t take responsibility in making sure sex didn’t end in propagation. And once again, the “stoning” of women continues true to its biblical origins.
Steps need to be taken to cure this malfeasance of thought:
- The Bible is not the law of the land. But if it were, you’d have understood that each person was given free will to make choices regarding how they live their life. To not allow them to do so would be to go against God’s will yourself.
- If you are using the Bible as your guideline for when “life” begins, you would do well to familiarize yourself with Leviticus 27:6 which says that you don’t start counting until a child is a month old (as every person is given monetary value)– And if it be from a month old even unto five years old, then thy estimation shall be of the male five shekels of silver, and for the female thy estimation shall be three shekels of silver.
- And if you are a Christian, meaning that all your directives come through Jesus Christ, on which the whole concept of Christianity is based, then you would know that you treat everyone with tolerance and acceptance and don’t stand in judgment of others.
Changes need to be made regarding women’s healthcare, that’s for sure and they seem to be a no-brainer:
First, respect the tenets of the Constitution, which makes it clear that religion is a personal concept and it doesn’t belong in our laws and governing. While you’re at it, respect the rulings that have already been taken all the way to the Supreme Court and won. It’s done! Let it go! Quit trying to muck around with it on the state level.
Second, and most important, all decision regarding women’s reproductive rights should be made by medical professionals, free of theology AND MOSTLY WOMEN.
I’ll even go so far as to say that at least 90% of that decision-making panel needs to be women.
So if you are proposing medical legislation for women and don’t 1) have a medical degree and 2) a vagina, just walk away. Just…walk away.