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:
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.