Oklahoma Lawmakers Think They Know Better Than Women and their Doctors

Things are getting a little lively in the comments section at my Speaker of the House column this week.  I’m taking issue with Oklahoma lawmakers who are, yet again, presuming that they know better about pregnancy and all its implications than Oklahoma women.

Surprisingly, some commenters are claiming that Roe vs. Wade didn’t grant women a Constitutional right to an abortion. Funny, that’s not how I remember it from law school.

As usually happens whenever one says the word “abortion,” no matter what the context of the discussion is, it tends to devolve.  But the way I see it, this new Oklahoma law (which was struck down once and has been stayed again by a court there), is just as much about controlling women as it is about anything else.  Because many of these people who want to be involved in making sure another abortion is never performed, are usually also the people who don’t want to teach birth control (and I don’t mean abstinence) in school.

We don’t want you to be able to prevent having a baby, and when you have one and you’re not prepared to be a mother, that’s your tough luck. If that’s not setting women up to have to remain in traditional stay-out-of-the-workforce mother roles (so men can stay in power, whether in the workplace or politics) without any say in the matter, I don’t know what is.

I’m just glad to know there are some girls who are thanking their moms this Mother’s Day because they’ve been honest with them about their reproductive rights:

My Mom is an Inspiration from Center for Reproductive Rights on Vimeo.

But that doesn’t help if you live in Oklahoma, or any number of other states where no matter how many times their efforts are called unconstitutional, lawmakers will keep trying again to take the right to make decisions about their own medical care out of women’s hands.

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3 Responses to “Oklahoma Lawmakers Think They Know Better Than Women and their Doctors”

  1. deborahlquinn Says:

    The gradual (and sometimes not so gradual) erosion of reproductive rights scares me and not so much b/c of the men in power who keep passing these laws. I worry because of the generations of younger women (we’ll ignore the part where now there are plural generations younger than I am) … these younger women who don’t think they need to pay attention to what the laws say. I don’t mean to sound battle-scarred or bitter, just worried: if younger women aren’t agitating and campaigning (and voting and running for office) in efforts to guard their reproductive rights, then who will?

  2. Julie @ The Mom Slant Says:

    That italicized sentence? Truth. In the GOP, the rallying cry is “My way or the highway” where it comes to social issues.

  3. PunditMom Says:

    Julie, Why is that? Not that I’m asking you to speak for all the GOP! But that does seem to be their way, but that accomplishes nothing.

    Deborah, I worry about that, too.


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