Women are officially sick to death of male politicians legislating what happens in their bodies
Everyone has their breaking point. For American women, it’s arrived.
We’ve reached peak stupidity with some of the men in power, and women just aren’t having it anymore. The anger isn’t just bubbling at the surface, it’s exploding. And it’s about damn time.
First, there’s this woman who is so over Florida Governor Rick Scott, she couldn’t even stand to see his stupid face in her local Gainesville Starbucks:
“You strip women of access to public health care. Shame on you, Rick Scott!” she yelled at the governor as he basically high-tailed it out of the coffee shop. “We depend on those services. Rich people like you don’t know what to do! When poor people like us need health services, you cut them. Shame on you, Rick Scott! You’re an embarrassment to our state.”
Rick Scott just signed a drastic anti-abortion measure into law. Shrouded under language regarding “fetal remains,” the biggest thing the law does is deny public resources to women’s health clinics that provide abortion services: “Taxpayer funding of abortion was already illegal, but the new Florida law takes a step further, blocking money for preventive medical care at the same facilities in which privately funded abortions occur,” writes MSNBC. Planned Parenthood notes “as a result of the new law, thousands of low-income women in Florida will no longer have access to contraception, tests for sexually transmitted infections, and cancer screenings.”
Good job, Governor Scott. You can probably look forward to more of these interactions.
Yet another incredibly restrictive anti-choice bill was signed into law in Indiana last week by Gov. Mike Pence. This may well be the most sadistic law regulating a woman’s body, ever. The bill is unbearably hard to read, and has a laundry list of restrictions. The bill required doctors to offer “parents” the “remains” after the procedure takes place. In the first 12 weeks, when the overwhelming majority of the procedures take place, this looks like a heavy period, FYI. Doctors are required to perform an ultrasound in a clear attempt to torture women making a medical decision. It’s archaic and only exists to attempt to shame women for taking control of their bodies and futures.
Since Gov. Pence is so all about a woman’s uterus — the women in his state have decided to give him some updates, daily, about the state of theirs. They have been calling his office several times a day, leaving messages about what’s going on in their vaginas. They’ve also been calling the office of Casey Cox, the bill’s author. There’s a Facebook page to organize this effort, and it’s your new favorite thing. It’s called “Periods For Pence.”
The page lists transcripts of the calls, in all their glory. Here are a few gems:
We have to laugh to keep from crying. Because male politicians are so concerned that we are unable to make choices for ourselves, that they think they should make them for us. No thanks. Remember the politician who thought our stomachs were connected to our vaginas? He thought a swallowed camera could be used for a remote gynecological exam. We’re good, guys. We don’t need your help. Just get out of our fucking way.
Pro-choice is not pro-abortion, it’s pro-choice. And every woman has a right to make reproductive choices for herself, without any politician getting in between her and her doctor.
Be warned, men. We are officially sick of your shit. And you will know about it.