The right-wing is trying like hell to do a number on the minds of American women. You know that thing about abortion being the hardest choice a woman will ever have to make, or the one she most regrets? Bullshit.
In fact 90% of all American women who’ve had an abortion are either glad or simply relieved they did (click here for the research.) And for every woman I know who’s had an abortion (that’s half the women I know, and quite possibly half the women you know too), a safe, routine, minimally invasive procedure was far from the hardest decision of their lives. For many, like me, it was the simple, sane choice. The only hard part was finding the money to pay for it.
You want a hard decision? What about marriage? Or divorce? Taking on a mortgage? Choosing a cancer treatment? Allowing a terminally ill spouse to die with dignity? What about the multitude of hard decisions we all have to make in the course of our lives, men and women?
But right-wingers don’t think women capable of rational decision-making at all. It’s apparently especially hard for us delicate souls, which is presumably why they think we agonize over it and decide wrong. How very Victorian of them. They’re apparently white knights in shining armor, out to save every woman from her own distressingly poor judgment. In their ideal world, no woman would be “allowed” to make a decision without prior permission from the Republican caucus. Certainly not any woman with an income under a million a year.
But it’s not our decision-making that stinks, it’s theirs. Because not only is it morally and ethically bankrupt, it’s full of lies — deliberate lies.
— Like Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina pretending to be near tears as she talked about watching a video that didn’t exist and never had.
— Or the head of the House Oversight Committee trying to play gotcha with the head of Planned Parenthood by using a bogus chart created by an anti-abortion group.
— Or abortion opponents pretending there’s no such thing as an embryo. They’d have us think that every abortion is that of a full-term viable fetus, when none are. The vast majority of abortions are embryonic, medically defined as up to eight weeks from conception. But hey, you can’t see an embryo on a sonogram, let alone wave photographs of it in an attempt to guilt-trip women. So lie, baby, lie — and screw the lives you mess up in the process.
It’s clear by now that nobody cares about facts in the fantasy world of today’s Republicans. Real facts, that is, as opposed to imaginary ones.
Those of us who live in the real world know for a fact that imaginary facts are dangerous. Remember those non-existent weapons of mass destruction used as the reason to invade Iraq? Or those non-existent scientists asserting with great authority that there was no such thing as climate change?
Forget hard decisions for the moment. Here’s an easy one: A year from now, do all you can to make sure we send this gang of women-hating, war-mongering, planet-polluting liars back to whatever slime pit they crawled out of.