International Women’s Day 2011

It would be nice if this could be a day of celebration, however it feels more appropriate for it to be a day of remembrance for all the women who have fallen or who have been unnecessarily burdened under oppressive regimes.

In the U.S. women are losing their rights to reproductive choice with restrictions on abortion, birth control, and even whether or not rape is rape.

State Rep. Bobby Franklin (R-Marietta) recently introduced a bill mandating that not only victims of rape be re-classified as “accusers,” but victims of stalking, harassment, and family violence should as well.

Crimes that affect women and girls predominately. Apparently Bobby doesn’t think much of women. Let me tell you Bobby I was sexually assaulted and almost killed at age 12 the fact that the crime was never reported, that no one was convicted sure as fuck doesn’t change the fact that it happened. One of my best friends parents split up. The father stalked the mother no one did anything. He ended up killing my friend and his sister in their sleep as punishment for her having left him. Does the fact that he wasn’t convicted of the stalking still make her just an accuser? A liar?

Don’t like abortion well just go kill a doctor;

A law under consideration in South Dakota would expand the definition of “justifiable homicide” to include killings that are intended to prevent harm to a fetus–a move that could make it legal to kill doctors who perform abortions. The Republican-backed legislation, House Bill 1171, has passed out of committee on a nine-to-three party-line vote, and is expected to face a floor vote in the state’s GOP-dominated House of Representatives soon.

The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Phil Jensen, a committed foe of abortion rights, alters the state’s legal definition of justifiable homicide by adding language stating that a homicide is permissible if committed by a person “while resisting an attempt to harm” that person’s unborn child or the unborn child of that person’s spouse, partner, parent, or child. If the bill passes, it could in theory allow a woman’s father, mother, son, daughter, or husband to kill anyone who tried to provide that woman an abortion–even if she wanted one.

Don’t want babies to suffer or feel pain …wait …what? Oh you meant foetus’s not actually born children.

A nurse at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings instructed the couple to closely monitor their daughter’s breathing so when it stopped the staff could accurately record the death.

The clock ticked.

At 3:15 p.m. Dec. 8, 1-pound, 10-ounce Elizabeth Deaver – named in memory of Robb’s grandmother – made one final attempt to breathe.

Her life struggle, 15 minutes outside the womb after 23 weeks and five days of gestation, was over.

Harper has made things so much better for women too! See the list of cuts here

It is good to know that in the fatherland of Harperia women have already achieved full equality and are free from assault and have full access to reproductive choice.

World wide women and girls are still denied access to eduction and property, live their lives in constant fear of sexual assault, and are still seen as chattel.

What I do celebrate is the strength of women to live through all these obstacles and terrors, to survive and support each other and to never stop fighting for themselves, for their families and for the world at large.