Worthwhile Reads: I Am a Woman

There was an interesting article on Huffington Post today called “10 Reasons the Rest of the World Thinks the U.S. is Nuts.” The author focuses on recent rollbacks or women’s rights, and I thought this part was particularly well put:

I am a woman and I have these human rights:

The right to life.
The right to privacy.
The right to freedom.
The right to bodily integrity.
The right to decide when and how I reproduce.

The rhetoric of the day has become caught up in “religious liberty” and “saving babies.” We need to reclaim this rhetoric and once again make this conversation about women’s rights as humans. Until we do that, we will continue to lose the discussion.

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About Libby Anne

Libby Anne grew up in a large evangelical homeschool family highly involved in the Christian Right. College turned her world upside down, and she is today an atheist, a feminist, and a progressive. She blogs about leaving religion, her experience with the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements, the detrimental effects of the "purity culture," the contradictions of conservative politics, and the importance of feminism.

  • ‘Tis Himself, OM

    We need to reclaim this rhetoric and once again make this conversation about women’s rights as humans.

    This is the key point. Women’s rights should not be surrendered because of someone else’s religious beliefs or political agenda. Rights are paramount.

  • San Ban

    And these aren’t just women’s rights – they’re HUMAN rights. If we can accomplish the extension of human rights to all humans (you know, men and women, straight and lgbt, all races and ethnicities).

    You may say I’m a dreamer…

  • http://niftyatheist.blogspot.com/ niftyatheist

    This is so true, Libby Ann. We’ve allowed the religious hardliners to control the narrative so thoroughly that even people who were pro-choice 20 years ago have moved to the right. The lies about abortion are nevertheless effective at manipulating people emotionally.

    This is the key point. Women’s rights should not be surrendered because of someone else’s religious beliefs or political agenda. Rights are paramount.

    ‘Tis HImself – QFT.

  • Michael Busch

    Libby Anne,

    There’s something about all of this anti-women’s-rights-and-health nonsense that confuses me, and maybe you can provide some insight:

    Almost all of the people in the news saying the most outrageously wrong and evil things are men. But don’t these men have mothers, even if they don’t have sisters or wives or daughters? How can anyone maintain the cognitive dissonance necessary to call for things that will harm other peoples’ mothers and daughters and sisters?

    I just don’t understand it. But my mother was teaching me some of the basics of epidemiology and public health when I was nine years old, so maybe I’m simply a product of my upbringing.

    • Meghan

      A lot of these men are old enough that their mothers are probably dead. Also, their moms aren’t sluts and would never need an abortion, have pre-marital sex, ask for BC/contraception to be covered under insurance, etc. therefore these new laws, regulations, and limitations will not and would not have affected them.

      • Michael Busch

        So you think it’s either lack of empathy or willful ignorance? That’s distressing. And how does anyone maintain the level of willful ignorance some of these people are displaying? I understand how hard it can be to admit that I am wrong, but I prefer having admitting my mistakes to continuing to be a fool.

        I fear that I have some of what I call the professorial instinct. If I see somebody saying something that I can show is wrong, my reflexive response is to think that they simply need to be shown the evidence. Which makes it hard to deal with somebody who knowingly remains committed to a false conclusion.

  • kevinalexander

    It’s interesting how the anti women forces are able to frame the debate in terms of human rights. Surely a bundle of cells baby has a right to life that trumps a woman’s right to her convenience.

  • Staceyjw

    “The right to bodily integrity.”

    This one says it all. If I don’t want a baby in me, it must be removed. I know people think that is heartless, but it is necessary to be able to have full control over your body. The IRL application principle of this not as bad as it seems- most women aren’t waiting until even the second trimester to terminate an unwanted child. almost all abortions are done very early, over 95%.

    Anti choicers dont realize, or care, that 99% of late terminations are due to severe defects of baby, or life or death issues for mom. Add in the late term stillbirths that require DnE, you can get a real picture of the suffering that goes into late term abortions. Making the whole event so much harder on the family is not helping, and is not even respecting life!

  • Staceyjw

    Want to see what a later term abortion looks like:


    This brave woman has written about the caring decision she made in terminating her severly disabled child second trimester. They were lucky- had these lethal defects have been found but a few days later, this mom would have been forced to deliver a baby unlikely to survive at all, thanks to anti choice insanity.

  • Katrice Orford

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