Although I am in India, I have been following the elections in the US and I’m alarmed by the anti-reproductive rights stance that many Republican candidates, even “moderates” such as Mitt Romney, have taken. They are hoping to capture the heavily Christian/Catholic Midwest and other conservatives. I suppose that they will succeed, what with state governments in Texas and Virginia having successfully voted in new laws that allow private Catholic hospitals to refuse abortion requests or require that all abortions require ultrasounds beforehand, but I think that this must come to a stop, and quickly. We need to reverse this moral/religious policing of women’s rights over their own bodies and reproductive decisions . These proposals are already becoming laws in some states, and if we have an entire government that sees fit to control women’s access to contraceptives and family planning resources (such as Planned Parenthood), then we will have lost all the progress that women’s rights activists have fought for since the ’70s.
That’s why male and female advocates of women’s rights and pursuit of equality have organized a nationwide march on April 28th, 2012. It is called Unite Against the War on Women and will take place in Washington DC and also every major city in the United States. Here is the Facebook page for the event, and please spread the word to your family, friends, co-workers, and acquaintances! http://www.facebook.com/#!/UniteWomen Even if you will not be in the US at that time, you can still “like” the Facebook page and discuss the issues that American women are now facing in the US with the people in your lives.