Unless you live under a rock, you’ve witnessed the media firestorm that has women across the U.S. taking a stand for reproductive health. When a hearing from the House of Representatives failed to include any women in it’s discussion on birth control and religious freedom in the scope of healthcare reform, it made several women angry; so much so that three members of the House walked out of the hearing for excluding women’s voices on the issue. But things really heated up when Rush Limbaugh, poster boy and hate monger for the right-wing, called Sandra Fluke- the woman the birth control panel deemed unqualified to speak- a “slut.”
This has been all over the news recently, and with good reason. Women are tired of not only fighting for their healthcare, but are tired of being used as a tool in the Anti-Choice agenda. Rep. Carolyn Maloney said it best, “If the far right can attack people like Sandra Fluke, women are going to be afraid to speak because they’re going to be called terrible words. It’s an attempt to silence people that are speaking out for women.” And that is hitting the nail on the head.
Silencing women has been the name of the game all along for anti-choice lawmakers. Here in North Carolina, when certain legislators tried to ban Planned Parenthood from receiving state funding for preventative health programs, they were trying to silence women. When HB 854 passed last year, not only were they trying to shame women, but they were seeking to strip women of their voices. The nearly 100 anti-choice laws that have been introduced in the past year across the country have been nothing more than an attempt to shut women up so that anti-choice legislators can use women’s health for their own agendas.
The name calling by their media cronies? That was just the final tipping point in what we know they’ve been trying to do all along. They want us to stay quiet so that they can dismantle women’s access to safe, affordable healthcare. So we’re going to show them. We’re going to prove to those who would try to take away our voices that 2012 is the last time they’ll ever try to shush us
up again. We’re going to tell our lawmakers that we are watching. And if they don’t listen, our vote will yell more than loud enough for us! Don’t let a few schoolyard bullies think they can keep us quiet…join us in 2012!