Georgia Declares War on Women…

3 Apr

Yesterday was a very dark day for the history of Georgia, as the Senate approved a bill called the “fetal pain bill” by Republicans.  This bill now criminalizes abortion after 20 weeks, thus chipping away at Roe v. Wade.  Yes, Georgia has declared war on women. Former criminal Republican Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to sign the bill which does not contain rape or incest exemptions.

This type of blatant misogyny proves that Georgia — like many other states — is on the wrong side of history. The right wing Republicans (mostly male) are doing everything in their power to undermine Roe v. Wade and are sending the message that women are not to be trusted with their own bodies.  I wonder what it would be like if men had to experience this type of hate and patriarchy–if men were policed at all times and told that we are not to be trusted with our genitalia.  What would it be like if men were to be considered criminals for using their penises for something other than procreation?

The bill that Georgia has passed is not only misogynistic, but it is also racist and classist.  Women of means will be able to travel to a safe state to have an abortion, while poorer women and women of color will continue to be held hostage by white wealthy men.  Shame on Georgia!

12 Responses to “Georgia Declares War on Women…”

  1. James Queale April 3, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

    These Republican men long for the day when they have stripped away women’s rights and have women barefoot and pregnant. They wish for a 50’s mentality that never really existed. ‘Leave It To Beaver’ after all was FICTION. These Republicans have the view that there was a “better” time, a more innocent time. Sorry, but any critical look at history tells a different story.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 3, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

      And sadly, homophobia and misogyny go hand in hand.

      • James Queale April 3, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

        Very true. This is why we must stay vigilant and pay attention. These politicians want us to feel down and hopeless so that we do nothing. That is when we must surprise them and that is what they don’t like. Whenever we fight back that is when they claim to be the “true” victims. What a load of BS!

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 3, 2012 at 1:17 pm #


  2. Nan April 3, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    Thanks Michael for your insightful comments. I was actually thinking about some of what you said today. Somebody asked me a few days ago what I meant by there being a “war” on women. I listed all of the recent legislative assaults and Rush Limbaugh. But what it really means to me is what I feel. I feel, as a woman, that I am being attacked and that I have to fight back. I really feel as though my value as a human being is being seriously questioned and undermined, and I need to protect myself. You expressed that in this blog. Thank you.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 3, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

      Nan, I’m very sad to say that you are absolutely right. You do need to fight back and and you need allies. Thank you for such a thoughtful comment and please know you have plenty of allies!

  3. nevercontrary April 3, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

    “We live in a country that warns women to not do things that will get them raped, but does not teach men not to rape”

  4. Your Mom Uses Birth Control April 3, 2012 at 10:08 pm #

    It’s funny how they’re doing this in the run-up to an election. My only hypotheses are that they want desperately to distract people from the very reasonable Democratic economic intentions, or they just don’t much like women. Either way, it’s good to know that women are coming out in force against it. It’ll get even worse if they don’t.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 4, 2012 at 7:16 am #

      I suspect you are right on both counts: they hate women and they are trying to distract people from the good work being done by the Democrats. I also fear there is a great amount of racism at play on behalf of many of the Republicans and the people that are supporting them. Thanks for your comment.

  5. Jay April 3, 2012 at 11:56 pm #

    The South appears to be particularly intent on turning back progress. Just today, I learned that North Carolina voters will go to the polls on May 8th to vote on a proposed amendment to their state’s constitution that would not only bar marriage equality for same sex couples, but would also make civil unions and any other form of recognizing same sex couples illegal–or so difficult as to be impractical.

    My reaction was a form of deja vu: “Didn’t we have that fight back in the ’90’s???” Apparently North Carolina is the only state in the entire South that never got around to enshrining inequality and homophobia in their states’ constitution, and they are finally getting around to joining their neighboring states in making their bigotry overt and clearly defined. Sadly, the polling apparently indicates that this amendment is likely to pass.

    This business of red and blue states is more than mere journalistic shorthand–the cultural gap between the two is growing, and becoming more formalized in both law and custom.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 4, 2012 at 7:20 am #


      I sadly agree. The cultural divide between the South and the Pacific Northwest is amazing. For a part of the country that claims to be very religious, there sure is a great deal of hate coming from the South.

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