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To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

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Down With Contraception, Up With Abortion

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BY WANDA JO STAPLETON

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops [men!] and Republican presidential candidates, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich [more men!], strongly oppose President Obama’s requirement that women have free health insurance coverage for contraceptives.

The Bishops were not even appeased by the president’s exemption of churches and faith-based institutions that object on religious grounds.

In my opinion, the Republican presidential candidates’ obsession to unseat Obama clouded their thinking.

“The small proportion of women and girls who aren’t using contraceptives account for half of all abortions in America,” according to the Guttmacher Institute.

One might suppose, then, that these men would work to prevent unintended pregnancy [hence some abortions] through use of contraceptives.

Apparently not.

But there are other ways to put “uppity” women in their place, especially those wishing to end a pregnancy.

In Oklahoma, we have state-sanctioned rape for such women. Specifically, HB 2780, which passed the Legislature in 2010, has not gone into effect because of a court challenge. That challenge, brought by the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights and others, will be heard in State District Court in Oklahoma County on Mar. 30.

That law, if not struck down in court, requires a woman to endure an ultrasound probe inserted in her vagina if that method produces the best image – and it does during the first trimester. That will show uppity women who’s boss.

But there’s more! SB 1433, the Personhood Bill,” gives a fertilized human egg “all the rights, privileges, and immunities available to other persons, citizens, and residents of this state.” That bill passed the Oklahoma Senate [on a 34-8 vote] and is en route to the House.

Dr. Eli, Reshef, an Oklahoma City-based Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Specialist, says that this bill will “outlaw the use of certain contraceptives [Morning-After pill, intrauterine devise, or IUD, and perhaps even other hormonal contraceptives] … and severely limit the practice of in-vitro fertilization [IVF].”

Dr. Reshef concludes that Personhood measures “have been promoted by PersonhoodUSA, an anti-abortion group out of Colorado, in order to defeat Roe v. Wade.”

Speaking of Roe v. Wade [which became law in 1973], an image embedded in my mind is the photograph of a dead, naked woman, a victim of a criminal abortion, in a kneeling position, with her face on the floor and a bloody butt in the air. The inscription read Never Again: Death, Politics and Abortion [1973].

Ms. Magazine published that photo [which I still have] in the Spring 2002 edition.

Looks as if the “Never Again” was a bit hasty. Today, the “barefoot and pregnant” crowd is – incredibly – going after contraception.

Wanda Jo Stapleton is a former Democratic state representative who lives in Oklahoma City

 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. As usual, Wanda Jo is hitting the nail-on-the-head very accurately. When one of these idiots adopt 5 unwanted babies, raise them in a loving home, educate them and see them launched into their 20’s after college or skilled training at Vo-Tech, then they need not open their mouths about any of their usual dirge of gloom.

  2. The Oklahoma proposed bills and currently challenged laws allow the Legislature to practice rape without prosecution from the victim.

    Those who are so vehemently attacking anything that President Obama supports that is remotely progressive are doing so not so much that they are against the policy, but in my opinion, because he’s a bi-racial man in the highest office in the country.

    These people are racist to the core and smart enough to know better than to call him “nigger” which I think is the word they really want to use.

    If Obama said the world was round, it would be labeled a plot to subvert common sense as everyone knows the world is flat.

    I think it’s an appalling time to be an American with the insane ill-educated voters being infected by the rancor and Machiavellian strategy of the flat-earthers.

Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton became editor of The Observer in September 2006. Previously, he served nearly two decades as the Dallas Morning News’ Oklahoma Bureau chief. He also covered government and politics for the San Jose Mercury News, the Dallas Times Herald, the Tulsa Tribune and the Oklahoma Journal.