Healthcare Is A Womyn’s Right

Nationwide, the debate regarding womyn’s healthcare continues to rage on. I am hesitant to even call it a debate, however. Really, it appears to be an attack on womyn in general. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come as any surprise, at least to me.

Being gay, it’s safe to say that I have been on the defense when it comes to political issues. For as long as I can remember, gays have been painted as either pedophiles who take your confession and innocence, or a group of sodomizing adulterates who threaten mainstream America by having sex at a truck stop or public urinal near you. Truth be told, these instances are true in some cases. And it’s entirely too relevant in the realm of womyn as well. 
Hear me out.
A few weeks ago, Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a “slut” for wanting the cost of birth control covered by health insurance. Gina Simmoms describes it pretty well here, at Forbes’ website. Now, the political might of the white, male conservative population has been unleashed, and the attack on womyn is in full motion.
In Tennessee, for instance, a bill is moving through the State House of Representatives that would require doctor’s who preform abortions to not only publish their own names, but also provide detailed statistics about their patients. As the Huffington Post points out, opponents of the bill, “worry [it] will spur anti-abortion violence in the state.”

Meanwhile, in Arizona, my home state, the State legislature is considering a law that would require womyn to provide information regarding their use of birth control with their employers. And it could even require the employee to provide a reason to their employer for using birth control. It’s a bullshit law, that even has Senator John McCain opposing it. It would greatly overstep privacy laws. Luckily, the smart progressives in the Grand Canyon state have temporarily sent it back to committee, but it can still come back. (If you want to tell Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona to veto the law, should it hit her desk, click here).

And right here in Virginia, a law just passed stating that doctors are no required to tell womyn if there is something seriously wrong with their fetus. 

These attacks all are set with a backdrop of attack after attack on Planned Parenthood. First, was the entire change.org petition that was started when Catholic Bishops pressured when the Susan G. Komen foundation to stop providing funding to the womyn’s  healthcare organization.Then former Governor, and GOP Presidential candidate, Mitt Romney said the organization should lose it’s funding.

Now, womyn have come a long way in the past hundred years. They have gained the right to vote, protected their privacy in Roe v. Wade, and for the first time ever, more womyn are in college than men. However, now they are on the brink of loosing it all.

All because of a few. Let’s face it ladies, like the gays, your image of being a serious political force has been diminished. Certainly, it’s not all your fault. But stiletto heels, sex-appeal, short skirts, and shows like “Pretty Little Liars” do nothing for your cause.

There is some responsibility that womyn must accept for this debate. In the United States Senate, only 17 are womyn. It’s far worse in the United States House, with only 75 out of 435 female. That’s disgraceful at best, ladies. 

It’s time to step up. When combined, in the United States Congress, only 19% are female, that is a serious problem. This statistic should be reversed.

Healthcare is a right that should be afforded to everyone. But with all rights, there are responsibilities. If womyn want to be afforded the same basic protections in the workplace as men, and want access to birth control and information their doctor might have about them, then they have to demand it.

(And it’s our job to help them.)  

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