Worthwhile Reads: Birth Control, Choice, and Prison Time

Maya of Feministing asks sarcastically whether Michelle Bachman is now pro-choice after reading this recent Bachman quote:

We want women to make choices. That’s why on health care, we want women to have health savings accounts and the ability to make their own choices in healthcare. You see that’s the lie that happens under Obamacare. The President of the United States effectively becomes a health care dictator. Women don’t need anyone to tell them what to do on health care. We want women to have their own choices, their own money. That way they can make their own choices for the future of their own bodies.

Mark of Feministe reminds us what is at stake in his article on prison time for women who use the morning after pill in Honduras.

There is terrible legislation being considered in Honduras which would send women to jail if they use the morning after pill. There is no exception for victims of sexual assault. The global activist group Avaaz is sounding the alarm on this terrible legislation, which is being actively debated in the Honduran Congress and may be “just days away.”

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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.

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    Note that if you follow all the links back to avaaz.org there’s a petition you can sign. They’re over 500,000 signatures and working on a million.

    What I always wonder about in these authoritarian cases is: how do they intend to enforce such a law? Are they going to post spies in every pharmacy and doctor’s office? Install cameras in people’s homes? It ought to be taken as a general rule that any law which can’t be enforced without measures that resemble a totalitarian police state is a terrible law.

  • smrnda

    As far as Obama being a health care dictator, aren’t republicans backing legislation in arizona where a woman’s employer can choose not to provide coverage for birth control?

    i’ve given up on republicans using logic, reason, or speaking in complete and coherent sentences. only the republican party of today could be so deluded that giving an employer power to deny a woman birth control as part of a medical plan would be framed as ‘freedom.’ or is the republican definition of freedom basically neo-feudalism?