It seems now that not a day is going by without another Republican attempting to crawl up in my uterus and dicktate what it is I can and cannot do with it.
From states signing mandatory, UNNECESSARY ultrasound bills if a woman seeks a first trimester abortion, to laws being on the books which enable a doctor to LIE to his female patient about a possibly compromised pregnancy, to bills submitted which would allow employers to fire a female if she used insured birth control without it being medically necessary - women are under attack.
It is astonishing to me that in 2012, my fears for my daughters are that they live in a country in which a theocracy is being fiercely pursued by Republican presidential candidates, in which religious extremism is crawling out of the churches and into the secular governance, and in which the right to govern their own bodies is being methodically stripped away.
I wrote two weeks ago when the transvaginal ultrasound bill was being presented in several states, that if men believed it was OK to medically rape a woman who was seeking a procedure, then all things being fair, men should be bending over for the same if they pursue Viagra or Cialis to medically intervene with their limp dickedness.
Quite frankly, since the upshot of the whole wanding is to find a heartbeat and shame the woman, it seems to me that if said woman then changes her mind and decides to move forward with the pregnancy, the state then becomes a de facto parental figure, and should be on the hook for the next 18 years for medical care, food, housing, schooling, daycare, clothing - everything it takes to raise a child to the age of 18 when the GOP can then ship them off to die in a war of lies.
"Personhood" status is being assigned to zygotes and signed into law. Again, fair's fair - what about the jiz holocaust that occurs under cover each night across this great nation of ours? Shouldn't there be equal protection for those precious tadpoles whose sole purpose is to go forth and PROCREATE?
And what about the boner emporiums of America? Strip clubs must be shuttered so as to protect the lifegiving splooge that threatens to erupt when breasts and poles unite in dance.
This simply MUST extend to the entire pornography industry as well. Unless porn is being used under medically supervised conditions in which a man and woman (who is provably ovulating) are only being aroused by visions of buff plumbers Roto Rooting the scantily clad desperate housewife in order to bring forth another God sanctioned babe, pornography must be made illegal.
And now Arizona is considering a bill which would allow employers who provide insurance to their employees to require evidence that a woman is seeking insurance coverage for birth control ONLY out of medical necessity - conditions such as endometriosis or polycystic ovarian syndrome. Evidence. Hmmm, here Mr. Bossman, is this clot proof enough? Oops, sorry about your shoe.
It would also give employers the right to fire a woman found using insured contraceptives to avoid getting pregnant.
OK, fair's fair, right? Then there had better goddamned well be a provision that fires the man who has sex with the woman who is using the birth control. Accessory to a slime, as it were.
And what about men who use condoms? That's birth control, correct? OH - I get it - men buy that stuff off the backshelf at Walgreens at 2am, so it's ok. No insurance involved. But it still involves capturing and suffocating millions of potential personhoods. So what say you, GOP?
And while I'm asking about fairness, what about nocturnal emissions? Surely that qualifies as involuntary manslaughter?
What stymies me is this relentless push against both abortion and birth control. A man and a woman use birth control out of responsibility - because THEY DON'T WANT A BABY. But Rick Santorum believes birth control should be done away with, that it allows us to use our dirty bits for pleasure. So without birth control, there are more unwanted pregnancies, ergo, more abortions, correct? And as for insurance costs? It's a helluva lot cheaper to cover a birth control pill prescription than it is to cover a full term pregnancy and the baby who is then covered till the age of 23. And let's not even get started on the cost of a child born compromised.
Seriously, people, how did we end up at this place? This entire thing would be funny if it weren't ACTUALLY TAKING PLACE. We actually have bills being submitted daily by "smaller government" Republicans - smaller only so it can fit up in my kootch along with their Bible - that strip a woman of dominion over her own body. We have presidential candidates intent on getting rid of Planned Parenthood, and intent on inserting their church into our governance. We have LAWS allowing medically unnecessary procedures in order to obtain a LEGAL procedure.
What the fuck is happening to this country?
Look, if you are religious, bully for you. Keep your religion where it belongs, IN YOUR CHURCH. If you don't want an abortion, DON'T HAVE ONE. If you don't support gay marriage, DON'T MARRY SOMEONE OF THE SAME SEX. And if you don't believe in birth control, DON'T USE ANY.
Just stay the hell out of our vaginas, GOPers, or were coming for you with something far worse than weapons of ass destruction. We're going to fuck you senseless with our VOTES.
I mean, fair's fair.
These Doonesbury cartoons are being censored by papers across the country this week. I guess the truth just isn't appealing to THOSE WHO ARE WRITING THESE BILLS AND TURNING THEM INTO LAW?
I am back in town - spent the weekend in Dallas for soccer and then went to the resort for a few days with the kids.
Thank you all for the wonderful comments you have left in the wake of Evan's death. He was truly a magnificient young man and will be missed forever.
While Carson and I were still driving back from Dallas on Sunday and could not attend the funeral, Culley, Rudy and Zeus did go. It was so very hard on her - first funeral, open casket, the brutal finality of what "Evan's death" really meant - on all the kids assembled to be together as they said goodbye to someone who had been a special part of their lives for years.
High school is a slog, we all know that. But it is also a furnace, and when you belong to a group such as a theater family, the bonds you make are forged like steel. They are strong, they are lasting.
Rudy said the tears flowed from the beginning, but even he and Culley were totally unprepared for the minister to begin the eulogy and have it include roughly half of what I had written about Evan here last Monday. Two people were quoted in the eulogy - Shakespeare and Linda Sharp
I don't know what to do with that except be completely, deeply, profoundly touched forever. I have thought about little besides that since they told me about it. Humbled simply ceases to be a big enough word.
Major, their theater director, the incredible lady who asked for my help, then delivered her portion. While the words came from my keyboard, I simply pulled them from Major's heart.
I so wish Carson and I could have been there, but we will be in attendance when there is a special celebration of Evan's life in a couple weeks. Memories, laughter, and the warmth of the entire theater family who will forever keep Evan alive in our hearts.