Women have a right to life

7 Apr

A guest post from Ellen Ramona.

It’s been said before, but it bears repeating: if men could get pregnant, they’d be aborting like there was no tomorrow.  Choice would not be an issue — how else would men have time to go to work, create wars with each other, entertain each other with sports?  In the world we live in, a man’s body is his own, and will never belong to anyone else.  Women, however, are at a greater risk of being subjected to the atrocities of rape or sexual slavery that demand a relinquishing of the body, that victimize, dehumanize, and diminish- that, in short, devour a woman whole.

That there is a question of choice at all says only one thing: a woman’s body is not hers to own.  This message is saturated throughout our culture, where the objectification of women seeks to separate women from their bodies, while simultaneously suggesting that a woman is little more than her body.  And once a fetus enters the picture, the woman nearly vanishes altogether, serving almost solely as a transportation vessel for some tiny cell.

I remember watching an episode of a local talk show many years ago when I was but a young teenager, and being thoroughly horrified by an episode that featured a devoutly religious man of some fanatical sect showcasing his newborn twins that his wife had died giving birth to.  He spoke so glibly, in near whispers of glee, about how the lives of his newborn children had, from the moment of conception, been more important than that of his wife- they had gone through with the pregnancy even though they knew from the start that there was a very large chance that the mother would die from complications in childbirth.  This they “agreed” too.

My mind still reels.  How could the life of a fully developed, contributing, loving, caring person ever be more important than that of something as yet unborn?  The answer?  Because it’s a woman.  It’s highly unlikely that this said man would have sacrificed his own life for that of an unborn child, nor the life of his other children.  In each instance, the existing lives would have been deemed more valuable.  Only the life of the “vessel” lacked the same worth.

So the real issue is: there should be no issue.  As long as we continue to separate women from their bodies, to devalue their minds and rights, we will be unable to acknowledge that freedom of choice belongs to all of us.  Women anywhere should be able to do as they please with not only their bodies, but their lives.  Women, too, have a right to life.


5 Responses to “Women have a right to life”

  1. Ceecee April 8, 2011 at 3:02 am #

    It’s not true that a man’s body never belongs to anyone else. Ask any man who’s ever faced military conscription. That is an example of a man being told he doesn’t own his body. Also back in the slavery days, men who were enslaved didn’t own their bodies either.

    Very few women die in childbirth in the US these days. If the mother of the twins was wiling to take to risk, that was her choice. Although I think that the doctors should have done everything possible to save both the mother and the twin babies. In this case that could have involved inducing labor early, and delivering the twins prematurely, thus ending the mother’s pregnancy early, and ending whatever medical problems the prenancy was causing her. The babies could then get good medical care, making their survival likely.
    Don’t know why this wasn’t done here.

  2. lyahdan April 8, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    So you’re comparing pregnancy to slavery? Hey, we’re on the same page there…at least regarding forcing women to continue pregnancies. That’s pretty much slave labor isn’t it? Or don’t you think that pregnancy is hard work?

    As for military conscription, when was the last draft? Even floating the idea of it now is political death. Besides, even when the draft was in effect, the wealthy and connected could slip out of it…kind of like the wealthy will always find ways to get the safe abortions women need. I’m not really fond of a system where the wealthy can get whatever they need while the rest of us have to follow rules they’re immune to.

    Along with the women who die, how many have their health impacted? Plenty of women end up with lifelong health issues–some minor, some less so–from pregnancy. Why in the world should women be forced to go through pregnancy?

  3. Not Guilty April 8, 2011 at 5:56 pm #

    Ceecee, men almost never face conscription in the Western world anymore. They are also facing conscription because of the wars men start. Give me a modern day example of women starting a war. There are none. You have to look to the PAST to find examples of men’s bodies being used against their will. That doesn’t happen in modern times, whereas women are continually having their bodies used against their will.

    That woman, had she had a supportive husband, likely wouldn’t have risked her life for those fetuses. Many women abort those kinds of pregnancies, which is why later abortions should be legal and easy to access, otherwise they don’t have a choice.

    Death in childbirth may be rare in the Western world, but childbirth is still more dangerous than abortion. Far more women in the US die in childbirth than from abortions. As a result, women should ALWAYS have the right for the least dangerous choice, but they don’t.

    Maybe the solution you suggested wasn’t an option. You purport to have the answer to a medical problem you know nothing about. It shows your hubris when you purport to know how to solve another person’s problem sitting at your computer. Try some humble pie.

    Great post 🙂

  4. saltyC April 10, 2011 at 1:32 am #

    CeeCee says very few women die in childbirth, well according to the US dept of Health and human svcs, it’s around 760 a year. In 2006 there were 569 childbirth maternal deaths and 191 deaths from pregnancy complications, not counting suicide.


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