Stop Policing Women’s Bodies

Dear Friends,

But particularly those in the US. Especially if you’re in Mississippi, which I doubt that most of you are.

Please sign this petition to stop the redefinition of personhood. The Attorney General of Mississippi is proposing legislation that would define personhood to have begun from the moment of conception.

With that redefinition, you’re considered a human being from the moment conception happens. Which means abortion is not an option. Not for rape. Not for incest. Not even if the mother’s and child’s life is threatened by the child in her belly.

In fact, it also means you can’t take birth control pills. Or morning after pills. Anything that might prevent conception. A woman is thereby reduced to being nothing than a brood mare. To be nothing but an animal to receive a man’s sperm and carry that baby to term. Her wishes have no say.

This is not a campaign to define what it means to be a human. It’s a campaign to remove the meaning of being human. It removes choice. It removes the right of women to make their own decision for what happens in their bodies.

This is not about being anti-abortion. It’s about the state saying to women, “You MUST have babies. If you have sex, too bad. You must now carry it to term. If you have a disease that will kill you, too bad, the clump of cells in your tummy must be birthed. If you have been raped, too bad. You must live with the trauma for another 9 months.”

Oh yes. Miscarriage would be considered manslaughter. Miscarriage.

If you feel as disgusted as I do, please sign the petition. And no, it doesn’t matter if you’re from the US or not. A message needs to be sent. Our bodies are our own. The State should not, and cannot, be allowed to have a say in it.

In case you’re wondering, I’m writing this because the thought of having the state, even if the state is not my own, having the state control my body is terrifying. I can’t do much but spread the word, and hope that it gets to the right people.

6 Responses

  1. Izzu October 13, 2011 / 8:21 PM

    Whoa. Even miscarriage??? Even if it was accidental or cannot be avoided do to illness etc? Biar Betul?

    • Izzu October 13, 2011 / 8:22 PM

      *due to. Pfft

      • Naoko Kensaku October 13, 2011 / 9:11 PM

        Manslaughter IS accidental murder. Hence why miscarriages are accidental.

        • Izzu October 15, 2011 / 11:38 AM

          Still so ridiculous la. I mean like say… if health of the mother and child not so good, and doctor can only save either… does that mean doctor also a murderer la if wanna save the mother and not baby. What about the other way around? What if no reason also the baby died, still wanna hold anyone accountable?

          if umur dah lanjut also wanna prevent child birth cannot?

  2. Kate Green, Zombie Shooter October 13, 2011 / 10:07 PM

    Technically though, your body is policed by the state — abortion is illegal in Malaysia, with some exceptions.

    • Naoko Kensaku October 13, 2011 / 11:02 PM

      But I can still get birth control pills and the like if I want. That’s not illegal.

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