Help, Help! There’s an Elephant in My Uterus!
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Alaska has become the latest state to fall victim to the Republican War on Women.
It’s difficult to imagine today that Alaska was once at the forefront of women’s rights, and reproductive choice, but in 1913, the Alaska Territorial Legislature gave women the right to vote as its first official act. In 1970, a successful state-wide grassroots movement to reform Alaska’s abortion law, made Alaska the third state in the country to make abortion legal and safe, three years before Roe v. Wade. Alaska has a proud history of individual choice, privacy, and non-governmental interference in its citizens’ personal lives.
So, it’s also difficult to imagine how it would be that today’s “conservatives” who claim to support this notion of a small government that stays out of your business, and out of your healthcare would be eagerly dismantling that philosophy in the Alaska legislature. Well… only when it comes to women.
And if you’re not fully convinced yet that Alaska is the next front in the GOP’s war on women, you just have to listen to State Rep. Alan Dick. He said that he doesn’t believe that when a woman is pregnant, it’s really ‘her pregnancy.’ As a matter of fact, he would advocate for criminalizing women who have an abortion without the permission via written signature from the man who impregnated her. He stated, ‘If I thought that the man’s signature was required… required, in order for a woman to have an abortion, I’d have a little more peace about it…’ He didn’t say whether a rapist would be able to send his signature by fax from prison, or not. But he’ll have ‘peace’ and women will require a permission slip for their own bodies.