Erica Scott: Life, Love and Spanking

Ruminations, opinionated observations, darkly humorous blathering and the occasional rant from an outspoken spanko and unapologetic attention wh–, um, hog.

Off topic: where I stand

I am just going to leave this here. It’s been posted many times on Facebook and I think it speaks well for those of us who are feeling impassioned and angry over what’s going down right now. Yeah, I’d rather talk about fun butt stuff. But this is too damned important… and as a woman, I cannot keep quiet about it.

I am glad my mother is not here to see this giant backward leap. 😦 When gun owners have more rights than women, there is something horribly fucking wrong. Our Supreme Court is packed with conservative judges that the Orange Menace picked, hoping for this to happen. And it makes me sick. I am grateful I came of age in a time of choice. My heart breaks for the young women in this country.

Anyway, here goes — again, not my writing.

I’m not pro-murdering babies. [Erica’s note: And they aren’t freaking babies yet, goddammit, they are clumps of non-viable cells.]

I’m pro-Becky who found out at her 20-week anatomy scan that the infant she had been so excited to bring into this world had developed without life sustaining organs.

I’m pro-Susan who was sexually assaulted on her way home from work, only to come to the horrific realization that her assailant planted his seed in her when she got a positive pregnancy test result a month later.

I’m pro-Theresa who hemorrhaged due to a placental abruption, causing her parents, spouse, and children to have to make the impossible decision on whether to save her or her unborn child.

I’m pro-little Cathy who had her innocence ripped away from her by someone she should have been able to trust and her 11-year-old body isn’t mature enough to bear the consequence of that betrayal.

I’m pro-Melissa who’s working two jobs just to make ends meet and has to choose between bringing another child into poverty or feeding the children she already has because her spouse walked out on her.

I’m pro-Brittany who realizes that she is in no way financially, emotionally, or physically able to raise a child.

I’m pro-Emily who went through IVF, ending up with six viable implanted eggs requiring selective reduction to ensure the safety of her and a safe number of fetuses.

I’m pro-Jessica who is finally getting the strength to get away from her physically abusive spouse only to find out that she is carrying the monster’s child.

I’m pro-Vanessa who went into her confirmation appointment after years of trying to conceive only to hear silence where there should be a heartbeat.

I’m pro-Lindsay who lost her virginity in her sophomore year with a broken condom and now has to choose whether to be a teenage mom or just a teenager.

I’m pro-Courtney who just found out she’s already 13 weeks along, but the egg never made it out of her fallopian tube so either she terminates the pregnancy or risks dying from internal bleeding.

You can argue and say that I’m pro-choice all you want, but the truth is:

I’m pro-life.

Their lives.

Women’s lives.

You don’t get to pick and choose which scenarios should be accepted. It’s not about which stories you don’t agree with. It’s about fighting for the women in the stories that you do agree with and the choice that was made.

Women’s rights are meant to protect all women, regardless of their situation.

Overturning Roe does not stop abortions, it stops safe abortions.

Abortion is healthcare.

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16 thoughts on “Off topic: where I stand

  1. A-freaking-men! If there is somewhere that I can donate to cover the cost of transporting women like these away from red states to a safe place and a better life, I most certainly will.

    The party of small government and individual rights ditches all that rhetoric as soon as they get a chance to screw over anyone who is not an old, fat, uneducated, racist, misogynist, bible quoting, gun toting, dick waving, white male.

    60% of US voters favor reproductive rights. Let’s see some backlash!

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  2. Jenny Bell on said:

    Hi! Erica, I’m with you all the way!!! it doesn’t matter where we live. Bye for now, Jenny.

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  3. Chibob on said:

    I am not pro abortion. I am pro mind my own business and leave other people alone. If you are against abortion, don’t get one.
    This was not unexpected. This is why I was so stressed out when the orange menace was in office. I knew when RBG died this would happen.
    But, this isn’t over. We are not going to let an angry minority force their beliefs on the rest of us. The sh*t just hit the fan.

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  4. windy bird on said:

    I’m right there with you, Erica. I’m pro-woman.

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  5. Dan — thank you so much. That’s a very informative article.

    Jenny — thank you.

    Chibob — yeah… I bawled like a baby when RBG died. I could see the writing on the wall when Amy Coat-hanger Barfbag was shoved into her spot so fast, it was still warm.

    Windy — yes. Pro-woman. Me too. You want to have babies? More power to you. But that should be your choice, not society’s. And not the freaking Supreme Court’s.

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  6. The writing was on the wall in big, bold, neon letters and was generally ignored. Let’s see now if the midterm election results reflect the opinion polls on this. My guess is they won’t. I further feel in our current victimhood and complacent state of societal mind, that very little will be done to actively protest this but I’ll bet someone comes up with a ribbon color for it and others will make money off of selling those ribbons. (THAT’LL SHOW ‘EM!)

    Let’s see what else this inspires? Maybe besides ribbons……..

    a celebrity song?
    a Netflix special on Roe?
    a benefit concert?
    a lot of ranting from talking heads, both online and on TV?
    how about bumper stickers and lawn posters?

    I would love to see this ignite the fire past generations displayed when protesting wars, rights abuses, and inequality, but maybe short of that, these new generations will just “cancel” the Supreme Court on Twitter?

    I’m too disgusted to get too riled over it all. I am concerned for my family, but only a little since they live in places this won’t likely affect. I mean if you live in a civilized state you’ll probably be fine if this affects you or a family member directly, and if not, you can always move out of whatever backwater theocracy you were unlucky enough to be born in, right?

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    • KD — well said. I can’t dispute anything you’re saying.
      Yes, there will be a lot of noise, and probably nothing will change.
      I am beside myself, but also know that it won’t do any good and I’m just stressing myself out.
      But damned if I’m going to keep quiet about it. Because I just can’t.

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  7. I’m so sorry for this terrible backlash women had to endure in this day and age.

    I also fear that it may get worse. My understanding of the law is very narrow, but I fear that once this rule is nullified (in June or whenever), it can open the door for a possibility of reverse restricting laws, on a national scale, from the same Supreme Court, on pretty much the same premises.

    If it’s religious activism that conservatives are playing, then why not replace Roe v. Wade (that insured women’s rights nationally) with a religious fanatic rule that would restrict it nationally as well; by the same biased, dogmatic supreme court?

    I’m terribly sorry, and it’s a shameful loss of an already won ground that will slow progression greatly.

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    • Faryak — yeah, it sucks. We’ve taken a leap back into the 1950s, and it seems we will just keep going back.
      My emotions vary. Some days I am angry. Other days, like today, I just feel depressed and defeated.

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  8. “Overturning Roe does not stop abortions, it stops safe abortions.” So very true. Women will have to return to back-street abortionists, bent coathangers, infection and death. Mexico just approved abortions FFS. America is stumbling back to the dark ages.

    I’m so glad I live in Canada.

    Hugs,
    Hermione

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  9. Kyrel on said:

    This is one of those things I will NEVER be able to understand about some Americans. I simply cannot wrap my head around the “pro-life” stance on abortion. It is quite simply beyond my mental capacity.

    But then I also don’t get why the hell Supreme Court Judges are appointed for life/until they elect to retire. Why the heck isn’t there some form of time limit on the job? Why isn’t there some form of rotation order? And why the hell are politicians even involved in the question of who is supposed to sit on the Supreme Court!???

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