Last night I dreamed I was back in the 1950s…
WHEW! What a dream!
First, I had that nightmare that a Congressional panel of men held hearings on the advisability of allowing birth control pills and contraceptive sponges to be available to millions of American women who might need them. In this dream, women were not even allowed to testify!
Instead, a Catholic bishop, a professor and three other men were questioned on reproductive rights, although what they know would know about female sexuality is beyond me. Especially the professor.
And then, when a female Georgetown law student who works with other young women on these issue asked to testify as to the importance of health care coverage of contraceptive pills, she was told she was not “qualified” to do so. I know this all sounds CRAZY but that’s what dreams are like sometimes, just plain whacky.
Not “Qualified" to Testify
And then, right before I woke up, the dream took the strangest turn of all. I fast-forwarded and suddenly I was watching an interview between MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell and some old crinkled up white guy. He was holding a big bag of cash and wearing a “VOTE FOR SANTORUM” button on his lapel.
Anyhoo, Andrea asked about his Santorum’s views on some of the big issues of the week and he offered this clever and cost-effective way women could prevent pregnancy:
(Says men should put their Viagra where?!)
You know: I’m being flip here because I’d cry otherwise. How have things come to this point that we are even discussing the necessity or advisability of contraception? That a Congressional oversight committee of 5 men have the gall to call 8 other men as experts in the area of women’s health?
The week also included a proposed law in Virginia, the land of Jefferson, that would require women who seek to have abortions to have state-ordered endoscopic vaginal exams. STATE-ORDERED. Men, imagine having state-ordered socket wrenches examine your rectums and you can begin to understand what the scopes feel like and how intrusive they are.
ENOUGH. Time to support Pro-Choice America, Planned Parenthood, the Democratic party, any group, whomever YOU judge them to be, that you believe can be a strong advocate in fighting back this right-wing christian conservative campaign.
It’s my life. And, it’s yours.