Just a quick snapshot at how women in America are starting to fight back against the male majority in government who are legislating women’s bodies. Well done Rep. Kelly Cassidy, Wilmington, Del. City Councilwoman Loretta Walsh, Va. Sen. Janet Howell, and Oklahoma Sen. Constance Johnson for your continued hard work to be women in a a very harsh and sexist environment!
An Illinois lawmaker proposed an amendment to a state mandatory ultrasound bill that would require men to watch a graphic video about the side effects of Viagra before legally being able to receive a prescription for it.
The amendment’s sponsor, State Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D), said she wanted to add gender equity to the“Ultrasound Opportunity Act” proposed in the Illinois House, which would require women to undergo a sometimes invasive, medically unnecessary ultrasound procedure before having an abortion. Cassidy said her proposal should not be dismissed as a merely symbolic “protest amendment.”
“If they’re serious about us not being about to make our own health care decisions, then I’m just as serious about them not being able to make theirs,” she told HuffPost on Monday.
Cassidy is one of a string of female lawmakers across the country who have introduced gender-equity amendments to anti-abortion bills. Wilmington, Del. City Councilwoman Loretta Walsh authored a resolution that declares “each ‘egg person’ and each ‘sperm person’ … equal in the eyes of the government.” Oklahoma Sen. Constance Johnson (D) proposed a “spilled semen” amendment to the state’s fetal personhood bill that would declare it an act against unborn children for men to waste sperm. Va. Sen. Janet Howell (D), meanwhile, introduced an amendment to a mandatory ultrasound bill that would require men to have a rectal exam before being prescribed Viagra.
Cassidy’s Viagra amendment is currently in the Rules Committee and has yet to be officially attached to the ultrasound bill, but she hopes that it will get its point across either way.
“Women are capable of handling their own medical and reproductive health decisions without interference from legislators,” she said.
In Texas, the 80 percent male legislature has been particularly focused on controlling women’s bodies.
So focused that they’re now turning down federal money if it means keeping those women’s clinics open. Women’s clinics that provide cervical and breast cancer screens for poor women, not abortions.
Gov. Rick Perry and Republican lawmakers have said they would forgo the $35 million in federal money that finances the women’s health program for 120,000 poor women in order to keep Planned Parenthood from getting one dime of it. This, even though Texas already bars clinics that take such money from performing abortions. And Texas is just the tip of the iceberg.
This week, Governor Bob McDonnell of Virginia signed the infamous ultrasound bill that’s been sitting on his desk.
Virginia joins nine states in forcing women to watch images and listen to descriptions against their will. Violating their privacy, violating their very personhood.
This is not just a war on women’s health. Think about this, guys. I know a lot of times men don’t consider women’s health an issue of importance to them.