I have to admit that I’m kind of done with all these blogging for this and blogging for that days. I’m especially disheartened by blogging for choice day because the folks who are for making abortion illegal just don’t believe that women should have control over our bodies at all times and are never going to believe that, I don’t think.
But I wanted to talk about something else Representative Bell was getting at–how the children of illegal immigrants are taking up space in our schools and costing the school systems money because they have to hire ESL teachers.
These kids are, by and large, American citizens.
Representative Bell is complaining about school systems having to meet the needs of the children in those school systems.
Let that sink in.
And then, mull over with me this comment by imfunny2:
just one more knot in the rope of “anti-choice except when it’s not my gender,ethnicity,social class or ability level..”
I think the problem is that we want Roe v. Wade to mean something more than it does. We’ve pinned our hopes on freedom coming from bodily autonomy as represented by our ability to choose not to carry a pregnancy to term.
And that’s an important component.
But I don’t think that we can forget that there are other important components. Do I have the right, at any time, to decline sex? Am I free to initiate sex? Can I get the medicines and medical treatments I need without having to ask anyone else (aside from my doctor) whether or not I can have them? Am I safe in my own neighborhood? Can I have children when I want them?
Right now, elected officials in our state feel free to openly complain about women choosing to have children when they want them, without first considering its effect on the state. And people see that as a reasonable complaint.
I bring that up because abortion is still legal and has been for 30 years and it hasn’t magically convinced everyone that women belong to themselves, not the state.
In fact, so deeply ingrained in us is the idea that complaints about children in our schools is an immigration issue (even though most of these children are U.S. citizens and so there is no immigration issue as far as they’re concerned) we fail to see it as an equal rights issue, even when Bell does us the favor of linking it to abortion.
But it is.
We are, first, ourselves and not the state’s. And any time we see the state complaining about our failure to put its needs first, we ought to see it for the anti-woman bullshit it is.