The Gaming of the Female Body

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On June 27, the U.S. Supreme Court overruled the Texas law that restricted the number of abortion clinics in the state to 10, citing the undue burden it would cause on women seeking abortion.

Other states have tried, and keep trying, to win this game between Pro-Life and Pro-Choice. (See here if you want to know where your state stands.)

But what is overlooked is the real game being played on the female body.

Women’s bodies have been used by those in power for centuries—as scapegoats for men’s indiscretions, to populate new territories, to inseminate the enemy’s camp, to alleviate stress in battle, for unlawful profit, and, prior to abortion as an option, to keep women tied to an outdated model of hearth and home as calling.

Abortion is not about abortion at all, Adrienne Rich, poet, feminist and author of Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution, taught me. It’s about a woman’s power to govern herself and her body, as men do theirs. It’s that simple.

As suffragist Alice Paul once penned about women’s right to vote, “There is nothing complicated about ordinary equality.”

Photo Credit: Classic Lines by Lori Overland is licensed under CC BY 2.0.


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