Texas governor’s stance on abortions hypocritical; sexist
Published: Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 22:08
Unless you turned off your Google Alert for “feminism” and “Rick Perry” for the summer, you heard of new Texas legislation that adds restrictions to their abortion laws. The laws will close most of the state’s abortion clinics because only five can comply with the new surgical center restrictions. While this is a classic example of using institutional sexism, or rather using what sound like perfectly reasonable restrictions to deny rights to women, I want to address more strongly the hypocrisy Rick Perry exemplifies and the vile nature of his comments towards the brave Wendy Davis who successfully filibustered the first attempt of passing these laws.
Rick Perry, sir, you make me angry. You make me angry because you decide shaming Wendy Davis is the best way to deal with this matter, that saying “it is just unfortunate that she hasn’t learned from her own example” is okay, when it’s actually just disgusting. If you want to know why so many women seek abortions, it is because the world is filled with insulting people like you who believe women need to bear the consequences of their actions, that women should be shamed for daring to have premarital sex, that women like Wendy Davis who had a child so early in life must have the fact constantly addressed even though she “managed to eventually” do something with her life, right? I’m 19 years old, Mr. Perry, and I do not want a child because society thinks so less of unwed mothers. I do not want an abortion, Mr. Perry, but look at the options you left me.
Can I use birth control, Mr. Perry, like the 90 percent of all women who have an abortion do? To paraphrase the lovely Judith Jarvis Thomson, if I have a security system on my house, and yet I am burglarized, does the blame lie with me? If I use a contraceptive, and yet I become pregnant, does the blame lie with me, because I dared to have premarital sex? Even though birth control, especially that provided for free, reduces unwanted pregnancies which, as a matter of fact reduces abortions, you don’t seem to like providing birth control for us women. Do I dare mention that making abortion illegal won’t actually help? If you compare the abortion rates of countries where abortions are legal versus where they are illegal, what will you find? That women will still attempt abortions, just far too many will die in the process.
I’m glad you love fetuses so much, my dear Mr. Perry. So you must obviously care for them after they are out of the womb? Tell me, why are 16.8 percent of children in your state uninsured for medical coverage? It is, you know, the second highest percent in the U.S. Why do you keep making cuts, like $5.4 billion worth of cuts, on education, Mr. Perry? You do realize if all of us women need to keep having these fetuses, then you’re going to need some more, you know, money to go into the education system for them. Why are you so desperately arguing for fetuses, when you have executed your 500th person and lead the country in terms of the death penalty? Mr. Perry, I admire your love of the unborn, but it is just so hard to believe when your opinions are changed post-womb.
Mr. Perry, I am not pro-abortion. I am pro-choice. Yes, it’s piece of political maneuvering much like “pro-life.” I am pro-women having a right to their bodies, a right you keep denying. I want safe abortions, meaning it’s legal, meaning women aren’t force to die in large numbers because of illegal abortions. I want a rare amount of abortions, meaning women have access to free birth control and this crazy thing called sex education because that is what works. I want women to not feel ashamed of their past, the way you’re shaming Wendy Davis. I want you to stop making me and other women feel terrible because we, and 95 percent of Americans, have premarital sex. I want you to stop believing us women, and just us women, have to deal with the consequences. I want safe, legal, and rare abortions, just in a different way from you.