Friday, April 30, 2010

We've Come a Long Way Baby?

A couple of days ago I wrote about my infertility. Yesterday on Facebook I linked to an article from the New York times about new restrictions in Oklahoma (my home state) on abortion. I won't go into the particulars again because it'll just rile me and and apparently isn't not good to be stressed when you're 38 weeks pregnant. But I can't imagine not being riled up. In this day and age to have people who are telling women what they can and can't do with their bodies, well...like I said, I don't want to get too riled up.

This morning on NPR I heard a story about EMILY'S list, a "community of progressive Americans dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic women to every level of office." The story started out how in 1985 there were only two women senators and just 23 women in the House of Representatives. Now there are 17 women in the Senate, 73 women in the House. Sure, we've come a long way baby, but seriously? 17 women in the Senate. Out of 100? And 73 women in the House. Hardly equal representation. And that's not to say that I don't think men can't represent women. And I know not all women are pro choice and for fertility treatment any more than all men are anti choice and against fertility treatment.

But I just think maybe a little more equality would be nice. And maybe, just maybe, if we had more congresspeople who actually could have babies, they'd have a better understanding of reproductive rights (both for getting pregnant and ending a pregnancy).

1 comment:

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