Some Freedoms are more Equal than Others
I’m confused. It’s that time of year again when political campaigns pander and scare women in order to garner votes. Now, along with abortion, they’ve added something else of which we should all be terrified; birth control could be outlawed! Is there a woman alive who thinks there is a movement afoot to outlaw birth control?
It takes a special kind of ignorance to believe that the refusal of others to pay for something will make it illegal. Could we surmise that people who insult women’s intelligence to that degree could be at war with them? I won’t pretend to presume.
Personally, I am pro-choice. In fact, I am pro-choice on practically everything, so long as it doesn’t infringe on other people’s rights to make those same choices. What confounds me most, is that some people use the language of freedom to apply to their uteri (uteruses?) but not to their lungs, their spleens, their kidneys or their stomachs.
Many women become incensed that anyone should presume to tell them whether to have an abortion but are quite nonchalant when bureaucrats and politicians tell them what kind of car to drive, light bulb to buy, or whether or we should be allowed to eat trans-fats or too much salt.
Freedom isn’t a partisan issue and I would hope people would consider it important enough to apply to more than one body part.
Karen Kataline is the author of FATLASH! Food Police and the Fear of Thin available at www.FATLASH.com Barnes and Noble, Amazon and wherever books are sold.