Male Control of Women’s Bodies and the Anti-Abortion Movement

North Texas Planned Parenthood Hit With Pro-Life Movement Molotov Cocktail

From Death and Taxes:

An unidentified person threw a Molotov cocktail at a North Texas Planned Parenthood last night, apparently unaware that the clinic only provides preventative care.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Planned Parenthood of North Texas has some cleanup to do this morning after an unidentified assailant threw a Molotov cocktail at a McKinney clinic’s front door last night, shattering a window and scorching the clinic and its neighbors’ facades, the local Courier-Gazette reports.

Though Planned Parenthood clinics elsewhere in the nation clinics have been targeted with vandalism in the past, Planned Parenthood of North Texas spokeswoman, Holly Morgan, says this incident represents something new for them.

“We have not had this kind of violence at any of the other locations in the past,” she said. “I believe we’ve had some vandalism in the past but that was a decade or so ago. We have never had any kind of attack to this degree.” And that degree is of utter stupidity.

Sure, anti-abortion activists are well within their rights to fight the procedure, but using violence to make your point not only endangers people and properties, it also makes your movement look unhinged.

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FOX News’ Dr. Ablow Wants Male Veto Over Reproductive Rights

From PoliticusUSA:

July 27, 2011

Writing in an opinion piece on, Dr. Keith Ablow, a psychiatrist and member of the Fox News Medical A-Team, offers a new challenge to women’s reproductive rights: he argues that men should be allowed to veto abortions.

He writes,

I believe that in those cases in which a man can make a credible claim that he is the father of a developing child in utero, in which he could be a proper custodian of that child, and in which he is willing to            take full custody of that child upon its delivery, that the pregnant woman involved should not have the option to abort and should be civilly liable, and possibly criminally liable, for psychological suffering and wrongful death should she proceed to do so.

He does not bother to exclude cases of incest or rape, so apparently all that matters is that the man can claim he fertilized the egg. What Dr. Ablow is arguing for is a form of sexual slavery. I made that baby: I own your uterus and I own that embryo. In all ways that matter, until that baby is born, I own you!

I’d never seen such an ingenious case made for sexual slavery. Dr. Ablow, to put it bluntly, is a misogynist and he certainly fits in nicely at FOX News. Nobody in history has been better placed.

He claims that if the man is “fully willing to parent his child (independently, if necessary)” he should have full veto power over the woman’s reproductive rights. The man’s rights – unsurprisingly coming from a conservative on FOX News – trumps the woman’s.

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5 Responses to “Male Control of Women’s Bodies and the Anti-Abortion Movement”

  1. Kimberly Says:

    This from the same moralists who love to throw Deuteronomy in your face:

    Deuteronomy 22:28-29
    “If a man finds a girl who is a virgin, who is not engaged, and seizes her and lies with her and they are discovered, then the man who lay with her shall give to the girl’s father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall become his wife because he has violated her; he cannot divorce her all his days. ”

    So women must marry their rapists.
    Obviously this is where these bible-thumping “moral” misogynists get their twisted ideas.

    • Suzan Says:

      The Bible is an ancient book of mythology, less coherent and probably less historically accurate than the Iliad and Odyssey by Homer.

  2. tinagrrl Says:

    Many here in “The West” speak about Muslims and The Koran as if they support, and live a “seventh century lifestyle”.

    At the same time, many of these critics take THEIR Bible literally — because, “It’s the word of God”, exactly the way fundamentalist Muslims do. Our Christians exert the same control over “their” women’s bodies the way Muslims do.

    In fact, ALL “religions” seem to exert more control over women than men.

    This is nothing more than an attempt to turn back the clock. To take away ANY power women have fought for and EARNED over the years.

    Every few years some “Scientist” says “teh womenz is happier in chains” — “that’s what they wants”.

    At the same time, WOMEN are fighting for MORE FREEDOM.

    Heck — in Saudi Arabia “teh womenz” can’t DRIVE. Picture that here.

    Actually, you don’t have to go far — just look at some of the “home school” folks, where women are tied to the home by their responsibilities — they may know how to drive, but I’ll bet they rarely do.

    Remember the “quiverfull” folks, with their “Christian” ethic — with overtones of “White Power”. In all these situations women are to “submit”.

    How DARE we talk of other folks when we are attempting to destroy so many years of progress, our long history of WOMEN’S RIGHTS.

    Removing ANY control women may have over THEIR bodies is an important step for these Uber-Patriarchs.

  3. Kimberly Says:

    Susan –

    Very true. In addition, the current Bible is a hodge-podge of bits and pieces of scraps of texts – there is no such thing as an intact “ancient bible.” Additionally, most of the surviving bits are scribal copies made by illiterates – those copying did not know how to read, they were just making copies of “pictures.”

    As a result, there are more scribal errors in the bible than there are words!! And this is the irrefutable basis for a major “religion?”
    How F’d up can you get?

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