June 13, 2007

Abortion, female autonomy, and finances

Posted in Feminism, Politics, Reproduction at 10:57 am by The Lizard Queen

Reason #449 why I don’t like Senator Brownback (R-KS), from Planned Parenthood’s “Save Roe!” blog:

“Rape is terrible. Rape is awful. Is it made any better by killing an innocent child? Does it solve the problem for the woman that’s been raped?” He continued, “We need to protect innocent life. Period.”

The most outrageous part? Brownback was addressing the National Catholic Men’s Conference. A rape survivor’s medical decisions are personal and private and should be left up to her and her doctor, not Sen. Brownback and a room filled with men.

Horrifying. Jill responded more eloquently than I can at the moment, answering Brownback’s question with the statement that “if the woman has a problem with being impregnated by her rapist, then yeah, it kind of does solve that problem.”

(Also, and I realize this is petty and overly analytical, but the grammatically correct way to say what Brownback said is “the woman who’s been raped,” not “the woman that’s been raped.” The problem I have that slip — and I have no doubt it was a slip, as it’s a common mistake — is that “who” refers to a person (i.e. “the man who knew too much”), while “that” refers to an object (“the book that’s on the table”). Unfortunate, that.)

In related news, Katha Pollitt now has a blog, the first post of which contrasts a woman in Tennessee in need of an abortion because she can’t afford another baby now that the co-conceiver has skipped town with a woman in California who thinks a really good handbag is worth the price tag:

This woman’s wages of around $800 a month after taxes put her over the limit for TennCare, the state’s medical program– while leaving her not even close to being able to pay for her abortion herself. (Tenncare doesn’t pay for abortion, but it would pay for some of the associated costs included in the fee.) Yet this same $800– a month’s expenses for this woman and her child, or the price of her reproductive freedom — is less than the amount Gabby, one of the Los Angeles teenagers whose views on money are featured in the Times, thinks is reasonable to spend on a purse (‘If you want a really nice, classic bag, it’s definitely appropriate to spend, like, four digits, because that’s something that’s really nice”).

It’s worth reading, and I’m looking forward to future posts.

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