Apr 18, 2007

Women's Problems

Oh, today just keeps getting better. Of course, we're all still reeling in the aftermath of the Virginia Tech shootings. Then I read about the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the ban on partial-birth abortion. It's not that I'm thrilled by the idea of partial-birth abortion; I'm not. But I think upholding the ban is a horrible, horrible idea. It takes options away from doctors who, I would venture to guess, know (and care) a helluva lot more about women's health than politicians do. Moreover, this is a sign of regression. I'm terrified that the scenario proposed by Roberta Combs, president of the Christian Coalition of America, may come to pass (as quoted by the Times):

“With today’s Supreme Court decision, it is just a matter of time before the infamous Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 will also be struck down by the court.”

And here's the next bit of misogynistic bullshit. Apparently, some ultra-Orthodox bus lines in Israel require that women move to the back of the bus or potentially face harassment or violence. Sound familiar? Now writer Naomi Ragen has rallied a group of women to file a lawsuit, earning her the moniker "the Jewish Rosa Parks." Good for her. There may be hope yet.

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