There was a time when women didn’t have any choices at all when it came to their bodies, their minds, and their talents — all were shut down by old white men who had power over the lives of women in every respect.
In Alabama, the GOP wants that power back. That is what the abortion law just enacted by the Alabama legislature is about. It is not about saving life. If it were, there would be no children in poverty in Alabama, no violence meted out against children and women, no child going without food, and education would be equal for all. Alas, Alabama cannot claim such an ideal state — it has no interest whatsoever in protecting people once they are born. They are free then to fall through the cracks and live in chaotic or quiet desperation.
That is the curious aspect of this campaign to control women and prevent their own right to choose what to do with their own bodies. If it were otherwise, if compassion for the unborn were really at the forefront of the Alabama legislature’s abortion law, why, they would also insist that wayward fathers support any children they seed into being. The Alabama legislature would also institute measures like those in countries in Europe and overseas where single mothers are assured help, food, and shelter if their boyfriend or husband runs away from that responsibility.
And how can we prove that controlling women is at the heart and crux of this violent legislation (anything is violent that attempts to control by force)? That is easy to do. The fact that even when a man has raped the woman, even when a man has forced sex on his own daughter, the woman or daughter must accept her pregnancy without a murmur, though the seed they carry was given to them through the two most grievous sins that can be visited upon a woman — rape and incest.
Of course, the legislature is full of old men and far too many entitled men who have NEVER been raped — and have NEVER been the victims of incest. Neither action is tolerated by the Divine love of our Lord Jesus Christ, but it is tolerated by the Alabama legislature. Effectively, they are giving men who like to rape and commit incest a free pass — they can do what they want and leave. The woman or girl is left pregnant and deeply scarred and afraid, and without any choice at all.
Being pro-life does not equate with banning abortion. I am pro-life, but I would not dream of telling another woman what to do about having an abortion, nor what to decide, nor why and how to make that decision. Women are not created as servants to old white men, nor to any man, anywhere. They are not bound by the old ways and the old rules — not anymore. Women know this deep down, despite the egregious and ultimately sad and pathetic and last gasp efforts of the Alabama legislature to force them into submission. They know this.
And that is what lawmakers are forgetting. Women have awareness now, awareness of their own power to be true to themselves. They have experienced over the last few decades a 180-degree shift in knowing how the world works and what they can do about it.
Even if this oppressive law enacted by the Alabama legislature morphs into a case brought to the level of the Supreme Court, even if the threat appears to increase when other states vote like Alabama legislators have, it makes no difference. It is old power, and ultimately it will not stop women from moving forward into their own courage, into their own talent, into their own spirit, and into their own choices and courses of action.
There is no going back now, no matter how many old white — or young white — lawmakers want it so. And if they persist in favoring the oppression of the rights of women, the GOP is in for a surprise come election time. They are sure they have support. They are feeling entitled to it.
What they have is smoke in the air . . . for the times, they are changing.