So. Making the rounds this week there’s this video of a Georgia lawmaker arguing that women should be legally forced to carry their stillborn babies to term because, as a guy who has had experience with cows and hogs, he would know.
Between the fact that the availability of contraception is now, apparently, a debatable issue, bills are cropping up that would allow doctors to withhold information learned from prenatal tests from pregnant women, and organizations that provide reproductive health care for low income women are being defunded, I’ve spent a good chunk of this primary season wondering WTH is up so many dudes looking to get legally up in my lady parts.
I’ve also had a lot of trouble writing about it coherently in the same way I have trouble writing about why it’s not okay to go around randomly punching people in the face. All I come up with is, “Um. No. Clearly this is a bad idea on so many levels. How is it that I have to explain this?”
So this video was actually very helpful in that it gets at what I find so enraging and hard to articulate about this whole contraception/reproductive health care debate.
I AM NOT FUCKING LIVESTOCK. I am a human being. It is not okay to sit around and talk about my breeding potential as if it were completely uncoupled from my life as a whole. If you could substitute the word “heifer” in for “woman” and it doesn’t fundamentally alter the direction or tone of your argument about reproductive rights then your argument is offensively dehumanizing. And as such it is also morally repugnant.