Thoughtful Thursday: thinking about the new abortion law in Texas

I share these observations as someone who is well past worrying about finding myself pregnant, welcome or otherwise.  Very well past! And I don’t live anywhere near Texas. But the self-righteousness of the lawmakers – virtually all men and all people with financial security – who’ve passed such restrictive, regressive, and in some cases downright cruel laws – against women, often with few resources or support – gives one pause. Who’s bearing this burden … and why? Something to think about.

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29 Responses to Thoughtful Thursday: thinking about the new abortion law in Texas

  1. Roy McCarthy says:

    I just don’t know what to say about this. Clearly, compassionate and reasonable voices in TX are outnumbered by the reactionary rednecks. Sadly it’s not only in crazy, outlying countries that Neanderthal thinking still exists.

  2. Reblogged this on Musings and Wonderings and commented:
    So true.

  3. OmniRunner says:

    As Kamala Harris asked during a Senate hearing “Can you name one law regulating a man’s body?” That’s when I knew she should run for president.

  4. Yet more proof we are living in scary times. Information Age? I fear it is the new Dark Ages. What’s next? Witch-burning, again???

    Deb

  5. Inkplume says:

    Women’s rights are still so fragile all over the world. It makes me wonder what could have happened if a certain Canadian political party leader who was pro-life had stayed on and been elected PM …

  6. No thinking, rational person should accept this behavior from privileged self-righteous people who think it’s their right to control a woman’s body. It’s 2021, for crying out loud. This is barbaric.

  7. What scares me most about the Texas law is how it legitimizes vigilantism. The state there is openly endorsing citizens to spy on one another. Scary. – Marty

  8. kegarland says:

    That Katz quote is so perfect. That’s exactly part of the issue. Things are just happening to us: we’re impregnating ourselves, being raped by an unknown, etc., etc., etc., all while laws and court cases dictate our fate.

  9. No one has the right to pass judgement if a woman chooses to have an abortion, that decision is hers and hers alone 🙂 .

    • Jane Fritz says:

      Andrew, thank you so much for these supportive words. Much appreciated by MANY women.

    • heimdalco says:

      MY BODY, MY CHOICE seems to be acceptable where the life-saving COVID vaccine is concerned & puts thousands of people at risk. Apparently mandating a life-saving vaccine tramples on people’s rights, yet that same standard isn’t in practice for women’s personal choices about their bodies, which is singular & does not impact people globally.

  10. heimdalco says:

    THANK YOU for this blog post. This is such an area of concern for all the reasons you said. I am weary of old men in suits making decisions about what women can & can’t do with our bodies (mine also is past its pregnancy expiration date but I am rightfully concerned & insulted).I can guarantee if mandatory vasectomies were up for debate or the people who father unwanted pregnancies were, by law, forced to take on the care of the child after birth singlehandedly, there would be an uprising that would bring the house down. We may be progressive as a country but we are only just rearing our heads out of the dark ages where women’s rights are concerned.

    • Jane Fritz says:

      Thanks for such a strong and articulate response to this situation, heimdalco. It’s impossible for so many of us to make sense of well-off (and mostly) men deciding what women can and cannot do while providing no social support for women who have been abused, abandoned, or raped by men. And, sorry, but typically this action is framed as supporting “Christian” values. There are no words to describe such hypocrisy. Human beings have a long way to go, as we are being reminded at every turn.

  11. You are spot on with this one girlfriend, lawyers and money!!

    • Jane Fritz says:

      Oh, of course, Crystal. The recent passing of extreme measures against women’s rights and responsible gun ownership, along with encouraging snitching on neighbors must be making for a more divisive environment than ever. So sorry. And that’s on top of all the rain. 😥

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