I wrote an essay just for fun. I hope you enjoy!
Women. Am I right? The hormonal, clingy, money hungry, and sexually deprived second class sub-servants of America in a misogynists' eyes. But Hillary Clinton is not clingy because- for a major political party- she became the first female presidential candidate, Beyonce is not money hungry she is worth $355 million, and Kate Mckinnon did not need male genitalia to be the first openly gay comedian on SNL. Women are thriving as years progress, yet there are hindrances in politics that dismiss a woman's' ability to succeed. The prime example is the Alabama Abortion Laws. Currently under review as a pending law, committing Abortions or attempting them are considered Class A and Class C felonies, respectively. The debate strikes a nerve in the United States because the government is controlling women's choices by implementing religious dogmas by knowing the consequences that may follow.
Every person only controls his or her own body. In Richard Stith’s article, “Why Pro-life Arguments Sound Absurd”, he states that “For a thing being constructed is truly not there until it is nearly complete” (Stith 1). He takes an example that a car becomes a car when there are wheels, a body, and a motor, but if it is not put together they are just parts; it is not a car yet. In child life, a zygote is not a baby because there is no brain and no organs yet. In a safe time, women can get an abortion as her right and for her safety. On Findlaw, the current pending law for Alabama is that “individuals who provide abortion services (unless pregnancy presents serious health risks to the unborn child’s mother) or attempt to do so, may be charged with felonies)” ( Penalty for Unlawful Abortion 1). The term safety is vague. The purpose that it is vague is that it covers the bases of emotional, physical, and financial safeties. A woman must be emotionally ready by wanting a planned child knowing the pros and cons of having an additional family member. A woman must be physically ready by not being raped at nine years old and knows her choice that she CAN get an abortion. A woman must be financially ready to support her child giving him or her the beauty of life with food to eat and a home to be warm in.
Even though it may not be spoken, the government is influenced by religion in decision making. In the Bible, it has been translated that all people must “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice” (Proverbs 31:8-9 NLT) The government is not be making laws based on religious beliefs; they are making laws influenced by moral guidelines in scriptures that influence their belief. From the PEW Research Center’s findings, 88% of Congress is Christian, therefore it will be an astounding influence of religion forced onto government law. Along with this, men do not have to physically deal with an abortion. It is estimated, in an article by CAWP, in Congress, “women hold… 23.7% of the 535 members” (Rutgers 1). This plays with religion because the Christian belief is to make women “...submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church. As the church submits to Christ, so your wives should submit to your husbands in everything” (Proverbs 5:22-24). Women are outspoken by the “dominant” gender forced to go with the majority. It is not the man who carries the embryo, zygote, fetus, and child. It is not the woman who impregnates. It starts with a man and must end with a woman. My purpose is to not defame this religion, it is to separate law and divinity because if we do have women still subservient to men, then there would not be Women's Rights.
What’s next? How many more children are forced to go to foster care? On childrensrights.org, “On any given day, there are nearly 443,000 children in foster care in the United States” (Children’s Rights 1). This statistic should not make you fear that people must stop conceiving, it should make you fearful about what will happen next when people are no longer allowed to abort unwanted pregnancies. The number will continue to increase if forcing a baby is required by law. Sadly, not just foster care will increase, but emotional distress. Imagine this: a little girl has started menstruating at 11 years old, showing her transition to womanhood. She goes to sleepaway camp and a male counselor rapes her. Afraid to tell the truth to her parents, she says she is constantly bleeding because of her period, not because her hymen was torn. Emotionally distraught, her parents find it concerning her blood pressure goes really low and her period has stopped unexpectedly. At the hospital, the doctor tells the first born’s parents that she has been sexually assaulted and is now 7 weeks pregnant. Alabama law states that one may abort the baby if there are serious health risks to the mother, but the vitals in the 11-year-old girl is healthy. She cannot abort the baby even though she found out that in her third trimester, the baby has a collapsed lung and half the brain is only formed. The baby still cannot be aborted. The child is now 12 years old giving birth to a brain dead child. Her physical pain of giving birth, her emotional distress of being raped, her emotional distress of carrying a baby only as a child, her emotional distress of being pregnant in her elementary school, and her financial distress that she must have doctors appointments every month, her financial distress to eat more food for one more person, and her psychological distress of carrying a brain dead baby for nine months. That girl cannot function normally in society anymore because of her distraught childhood. And America is now allowing for this to happen, where the rapist will serve time in jail but a doctor “committing an abortion is… punished up to 99 years in prison” (Findlaw Penalty for Unlawful Abortion 1). How is that fair?
It is prevalent that some people listening to this are of the Christian faith. Whether you may be extreme in your belief or loose, a predisposed bias has already been made in your mind. Listening to facts alone, women deserve the right to be independent doing what is best for her body making her choices, whether they may be religiously influenced or not. The woman who holds the child for up to nine months is the sole decision maker to take care of herself. The government is to govern the people and individuals are to govern oneself. So in all: women. Am I right? The independent, strong, achieving, superseding, decision makers of America in a feminists’ eyes.