Thursday, September 08, 2005

Nationals don't believe women's rights extend to the womb.

Pathologising a woman's hollow muscular organ in the pelvic cavity is nothing new. But now it seems the Nationals in the Senate see the womb as being completely outside the body of a woman. As such, she has no rights to its use, let alone an expectation of access to abortion-on-demand.
"It's about seeing everything in the prism of women's rights - particularly women's reproductive rights - and it's the first king hit, it's the first test for those of us who believe men and women are equal. This motion is inoffensive, progressive, constructive and supported by government - if you're going to vote that down, then bring on the fight guys."- Senator Stott Despoja.
A woman's right to control her reproduction is within the gamut of her human rights.

Right now, in Australia, across all states and territories, an abortion is lawful if performed to prevent serious danger to the woman'’s physical or mental health. The mental health clause can be satisfied by a woman stating that she is not able or willing to continue with the pregnancy.
Australian women expect this option be available to them as part of their reproductive rights.
Ron and Barnaby, do not mess with me, Natasha or Lyn.
We will not be silenced on our reproductive rights as women or grrrls!

8 Comments:

Blogger Brownie said...

Only the people who would feed shelter and clothe me and my foetus have the right to tell me what to do with it - and that's 'Nobody'.
Keep it up Suki.

10:33 pm  
Blogger Kartar said...

Word. Woman's body is her own. We're not all bad - more than one or two men who will happily support a woman's right to control her reproduction.

6:09 pm  
Blogger suki said...

Point made and I welcome your support kartar.
Unfortunately, (and predictably) in the Senate, amoung those taking an interest in reproductive rights for women, there is a clear gender divide.
100% of pro-choice voices are female.
100% of anti-choice voices are male.

12:27 am  
Blogger Brownie said...

I wish I could have mine removed and send it to them in a jar with a note saying 'if you want to CONTROL this, do it at your place.

10:59 am  
Blogger bastet=^..^= said...

given 100% of pro-choice voicea are women, seems like we need to be voting more grrrls in. bring on Emily's List. :)

6:33 pm  
Blogger Kartar said...

Don't know if you saw this Suki - http://www.crikey.com.au/articles/2005/09/12-1436-3395.html

12:58 pm  
Blogger suki said...

"Who are the anachronistic, outdated conservative people in this place who will deny women their rights..."
Brilliant!
Thanks kartar.

6:55 pm  
Blogger amy gardner said...

Sorry to disappoint, but not all females in Parliament are pro-choice voices.

On the plus side though, not all men are anti-choice!

5:18 pm  

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