After the murder of Dr. George Tiller last May, I saw Dr. Susan Wicklund on Rachel Maddow Show:
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It took me awhile to get Dr.Wicklund’s book: This Common Secret:
and start reading it, but now that I do, I am outraged.
This is my common reaction to any news item, movie or article I read about this subject. It is unfucking believable to me that this is the situation in this country and even more, that you hardly hear anything about it. (I had a very similar reaction when I heard Obama promise in his last speech that there will be no federal funding of abortions in this country,,,)
I don’t understand how us women accept this situation.
I don’t understand how all of us women don’t protest, march, strike, whatever it will take, to change this situation.
How come we don’t try to actively and publicly support those so very few brave physicians that put their life in danger in order to make sure any woman in this country has her reproductive rights intact!
But when I think about it and after reading the first chapter of Dr. Wicklund book, I think I know at least part of the answer, actually, the answer is revealed in the name of the book.
As long as most of us regard an abortion as the most private and personal secret, as long as we accept the hiding and the shame associated with needing one, I don’t see a way that we can change the situation.
Our opponents are loud, crazy and are sure that god is with them.
Until we find a way to make this basic right of every woman a common subject that we can discuss publicly. Until any one of us who ever needed one will be able to talk about it with no shame, I don’t think we will be able to fight with them and win what is one of our most basic human right: our right to choose what is good for ourselves!
And this outrages me.
As it should. This is one more of the invisible chains that bind women in this country (along with things like a lack of consistent good affordable childcare, affordable and available pre-natal care, wages concomitant with our male peers, etc etc). It pisses me off, too. My gut sense is that it has a ton to do with the fact that sex is the great no-no, and that women’s bodies are not seen as their own — they are their husbands’, their children’s, and the state’s.
Amen, sister. (and you have that ‘loud and crazy’ part right. yikes.)