Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
With the restrictive Texas abortion law being imposed upon the women of that state today, I am reminded of the times before Roe v. Wade when all abortions were also illegal. That was a very scary time for a woman of child-bearing age that wasn’t quite in the perfect set of circumstances to take care of a child. The pro-life rhetoric of those who think it’s OK to inflict their opinion and judgment (and now their laws) on women isn’t fooling anybody. The false narrative of holding life in such high regard is a coverup for wanting to control women and keep them in a subservient position.
Here’s what’s going to happen: Women who don’t want to have a baby, won’t. Period. They will either be financially or influencially powerful enough to get done what they want done. Other women will be on the lookout for some home remedy that causes miscarriage, a sympathetic doctor or other health care person willing to take on this task or be put in the sad situation of having to bear a child and give it up for adoption. You can see how all of these are fraught with danger and criminality.
Why do we still not trust women to make this decision for themselves? This is insulting, demeaning and maddening, as we happily pay for Viagra for the other half of the baby-making team but take away a woman’s right to have the final say in what happens in her reproductive cycle. If men were the ones having the babies, this would never even be discussed — they just wouldn’t put up with it.
Arizona women, watch out. Your rights are about to be curtailed. They’ve been trying to do this for a very long time and now they’ve got a foot in the door.