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North Dakota Governor, Jack Dalrymple, has just signed into law the country's most restrictive anti-choice legislation, which considering all the anti-choice legislation now being passed is saying something. Unfortunately, other than wringing their hands, the women of North Dakota don't seem to be willing to do too much about this nasty turn of events.

Although, it may not be fair to single out the women of North Dakota. As far as I can tell, women in all the other Republican run states that are eliminating a woman's legal right to reproductive healthcare services haven't been roused enough to take action either.

What the heck is going on? Why aren't women in North Dakota, Mississippi, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Arkansas, Ohio and Texas, just to name a few of the states vying to see who can pass the most restrictive abortion legislation, taking to the streets in righteous fury? When did we get so passive about our lives and our bodies?

Are we so far removed from Roe v Wade that we don't remember how hard we fought to see it become the law of the land? Have we forgotten the back-alley abortion horror stories that fueled the movement and influenced the highest court in the land to guarantee us access to safe, legal abortions no matter what state we lived in?

Women make up more than 52% of the vote in this country, but you would certainly never know it by our failure to react when the male dominated legislatures in red states cheerfully pass laws to take away our most basic rights. As much as we depend on Planned Parenthood and NARAL to keep up the fight, they can't do it alone. Where the bleep are the rest of us?

We have considerable collective muscle, and yet for some reason, are reluctant to use it. Maybe it's because most women in this country have grown up under Roe v Wade and can't see that it is not only being dismantled, but that if given the chance, the current Supreme Court is more likely to overturn it than uphold it.

Whatever the reason; denial, fear, indifference or plain stupidity, women need to wake up, rise up and shake off the awful malaise that has enveloped us and allowed these insufferable men to commandeer our lives. We did it before and we can do it again.

From this moment forward, there should not be a Republican governor or legislator in the whole country that goes to bed each night without worrying about alienating the all-powerful women's vote.

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  •  Just about every poll ever done (6+ / 0-)

    has show that the forced-birthers are split in terms of gender. In other words, as many women as men want this shit.

    In fact, the primary Senate sponsor of the ND "personhood" a woman.

    "Maybe: it's a vicious little word that could slay me"--Sara Bareilles

    by ChurchofBruce on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 05:42:43 PM PDT

    •  True (2+ / 0-)

      there anti-choice women who are working hard against our best interests by authoring bills like the North Dakota one, but they are still in a sizable minority in the anti-choice movement and the legislative efforts in red states. It is, for the most part still a Republican male effort.

    •  Very true (3+ / 0-)

      There are plenty of fundy women out there.  

      I think there is definitely a fear factor here too.  If you think you are likely to be unsuccessful in changing the political outcome anyway, it takes a LOT of guts to get out there and be visibly pro-choice in a right-wing community.  It's scary enough to go against the grain on a cause where you feel you might be successful, but you feel like you're opening yourself up to attack when you do it and you're clearly outnumbered.  Factor in an issue like reproductive rights where your opponents are convinced you're going to hell for your views or something, that's very intimidating.  

      Political compass: -8.75 / -4.72

      by Mark Mywurtz on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 05:59:21 PM PDT

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  •  "Women" are all different (2+ / 0-)
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    jan4insight, TiaRachel

    Some women have to work two jobs and still don't earn enough to feed their kids, and they might not have the money or time to protest in ways you might approve of.

    Some women have physical or emotional barriers that interfere with their ability to protest in ways you might approve of.

    Some women have husbands, lovers, or family members who might beat them or kick them out of the house if they were to protest in ways you might approve of.

    Some women fear losing their friends or families if they were to protest in ways you might approve of.

    Most of the women I know are protesting the best they can, but sometimes the ability to protest is based on privilege. Wealthy, educated women may be able to protest in ways that other women cannot afford in time, money, or physical or emotional safety.

    But attacks on the rights of women are not just something women should protest; men should also be in the streets with women. You may as well ask why more men aren't protesting against the war on women?

    Please don't blame the victim. We are all of us doing the best we can.

    Zen is "infinite respect for all things past; infinite service to all things present; infinite responsibility for all things future."--Huston Smith's Zen Master

    by Ree Zen on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 06:45:21 PM PDT

    •  If Women Don't Stand Up for Themselves (2+ / 0-)
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      lostinamerica, Odysseus

      no one is going to do it for them. We got Roe v Wade because women insisted that they were entitled to have control over their own lives and body. Of course there were men who supported us, but it was primarily woman demanding our rights. The idea that women are "victims" here is not even remotely accurate. We have the power of the vote, we have our voices and we have an ability to spend an hour marching for our rights if they are important to us. You're right, this is a class fight in that poor women and women of color are the ones who are going to be denied access to safe abortions. Middle class and upper middle class women will always be able to get them. I and my family live in California, my daughter and nieces will always be able to obtain an abortion.

      Bullies like the governors and legislators in these red states who are rolling back women's reproductive rights count on women refusing to fight back. Making excuses for not fighting back helps no one.

  •  message has gotten lost... (0+ / 0-)

    it's not just about abortion rights
    it's the basic right to choose
    choose healthcare options
    choose contraception or not
    choose to have children or not
    and if need be choose to have an abortion or not

    women will always be second class citizens as long as they allow others to make these choices for

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