If, however, if you're bothered by conservatives (so many of them men - I haven't figured that out either) who are determined to reduce the influence of government in peoples' lives, except where it involves women and their reproductive rights, then plunge right in. I have a couple of action plans, and one of them is wickedly delicious.
Today, January 22, 2012, is the 39th anniversary of the passage of Roe v Wade. Many of us remember when it was made into law. It was 1973 and I was 23 years old. If anyone's interested in hearing some pre-Roe v Wade back alley abortion stories, they abound. My mother, who was a long-time volunteer for Planned Parenthood knows of more than she'd like.
Unfortunately, in the 39 years since then, self-proclaimed christian conservatives have worked diligently to erode the law. They have successfully restricted access to abortion services with restrictive legislation and have vilified Planned Parenthood, which has provided reproductive healthcare for over 90 years to women from all walks of life.
Now there is the "personhood" movement, a truly disturbing trend to grant legal rights to embryos. Here's their creepy promotional video:
Visit this site to learn how they seek to define personhood as originating at conception, through state legislatures. Their goal is to "build the support of at least two thirds of the states in an effort to reaffirm personhood within the U.S. Constitution" This is some scary stuff, which, if successful, would make Roe v Wade nothing more than a fond memory and would critically impact contraceptive choices. Thankfully the amendment failed to pass in Mississippi (Mississippi!) in November, but these folks are persistent and currently have Colorado and Arkansas in their sites. They're gathering names for a petition in Florida to get it on the ballot. Check your own state to see the level of activity.
Let's bring the craziness home: Of the current Republican Presidential nominees, 3 have signed a pledge in support of said personhood movement: Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul. (So far Mitt Romney has managed to resist the wingnut siren call.)
There are plenty of ways to make our pro-reproductive health voices known, and you're probably familiar with them. Since this particular threat is on a state level, communicate with your state representatives. Stay alert to the personhood agenda. Write letters to the editor. But, even better....
I have a wickedly delicious action we can each take
It will only take a few minutes of your time
It puts money where it belongs
And it's tax deductible.
Here's what makes it wickedly delicious: When you make your donation to this venerable organization, do it in honor of a conservative who's committed to denying women the right to make decisions about their reproductive health.
You may have the misfortune to be represented by one or more of these sanctimonious jerks (as I do). Donate in his or her honor! Follow this link to see how your elected representatives stand on reproductive choice issues. Otherwise, feel free honor Rick Santorum, who is definitely deserving of some honorary Planned Parenthood love. His home address (which is public record) is 10607 Creamcup Ln, Great Falls, VA 22066. (Do you love it? Creamcup?)
Do it now: support Planned Parenthood with whatever you can afford, and enjoy visualizing former Senator Santorum and others receiving dozens, hundred, maybe even thousands of acknowledgments from Planned Parenthood.
But don't stop here. There are plenty of senators and congressmen who do support women's reproductive rights. Thank them with an email or phone call and a campaign donation, if you're able. Follow the same link to see how your elected representatives have voted on pro-choice issues, and let them know how you feel about it.