The Warpath has Become my Path – Again

Although I recognize that through the years of Trump’s presidencies, I lost friends or diminished those “friendships”, real or Facebook, I cannot sit silent with what is happening these days. The battleground is real. The fight for our freedoms is real.

I have expressed my anger, my indignity, at recent SCOTUS rulings, and at the failure of our government to take action – and at their failure to put the people before party. But the anger renews, does not abate, and life does not get easier.

I recognize that the overthrow of Roe vs Wade is definitely more an infringement on the rights of women that on the rights of men. I recognize the argument that contraceptive devices are available – at least so far, but don’t hold your breath because those are also on the table for being banned, Clarence Thomas says – but I also recognize that those devices are not free, require some forethought, and there are too many situations where there is no time for forethought, no ability to obtain the contraceptives, or the lack of information and knowledge to utilize those devices.

If a woman is forced to have sex, whatever manner of force applied, she may not be prepared to prevent a potential pregnancy. And who pays the price? The woman, far more often than the man. Far too often, the man gets off scot-free, one way or another. If a man doesn’t want to risk the cost of fatherhood, then he also has the option of using a contraceptive device. The responsibility should not fall just to the woman. But the pregnancy does fall only to the woman. The responsibility for that child does fall to the woman.

Don’t punish all women because there are those who are drug-addled or make no effort to prevent unwanted pregnancies – don’t enforce your beliefs on those who disagree. Yes, abortion should have reasonable limits (and six weeks is not reasonable), but it should be available under those reasonable limits. Defining when an egg and sperm become a viable human life can be arbitrary, but a reasonable determination can be made and applied.

And dammit, if you don’t believe in abortion, don’t have one. Or step up to provide for those children that are not wanted, who stand a good chance of being neglected, abused, abandoned. Yes, there is adoption, but our country needs to work on that – the fact that so many people go outside the country to adopt should tell us something.

You’re tramping on my rights, but then you’ve been doing that for a very long time – you remember that amendment to ensure equality that never got ratified, don’t you? I’m talking to you superior white men who have control, who need to retain that control, whatever the cost. Beware the time women are in control.

Yes, I’m angry.

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26 Responses to The Warpath has Become my Path – Again

  1. Amen sister!! There is a whole slew of ‘older’ folk who are just as angry; but more .. discouraged, frustrated, astonished that our beloved nation has come to times like these when fools rule and common sense has been slaughtered. Old men (for the most part) who probably haven’t got one clue about women, certainly not modern women; are making these rules FOR us. Who the hell told them they could do that? Thanks for bringing this important information out into the light. I’m reblogging.

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    • Carol says:

      Thanks for the reblog. We can’t do anything about the old men in SCOTUS, but we can sure let our voices be heard with our votes! I, for one, will be voting against the party that set the court up for this, and the old men that are doing nothing to give us equal rights and making reasonable laws letting us control our bodies, our lives.

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  2. Reblogged this on Sparks From A Combustible Mind and commented:
    If you’re an American woman and you’re dumbfounded by the dumb fuckery going on in America, do take a few moments to read Carol’s post. It’ll stoke the fire, at least it did for me.

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  3. Maggie says:

    Well said. This will be another battle unfortunately but one I am readying to fight.

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  4. Michelle says:

    Abortion doesn’t need “reasonable limits” any more than colonoscopies do. It’s a medical procedure and no one’s business. If one wants to reduce the rate, however, sex education, affordable post-secondary, good schools, and programs to reduce poverty help. So I’m guessing the abortion rate will remain high in the US forever.

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    • Carol says:

      Reasonable limits in an effort to work together and reach a compromise.

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      • Jim says:

        A compromise may only be reached when there are two parties that are agreeable to working for common ground and a common understanding. The problem as I see it is that the far right bases their version of what’s right and what’s wrong on religious ideals and values. The concept of abortion goes against that mindset. So there is no compromising with this group of American society.

        One of several truths that I learned by being in the US military is that there is evil in this world and it will find a way to project itself. I do not believe that we can call ourselves a civilized nation unless all people have the same natural and human rights.that we claim to base our system of government upon. It’s going to be one “rights” domino falling after another unless we support women on this issue; even if we do not always agree with the pro-choice side. The concept of support goes beyond that and becomes the concept of how far are we willing to allow one segment of our society impose it’s will upon us.

        If this make any sense.

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        • Carol says:

          Jim, it makes a lot of sense to me, and I appreciate your words. I keep hoping we’ll find the high road again, but I fear it won’t be in my lifetime. If I were young again, I would not bring children into this world.

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      • Michelle says:

        No. I don’t need to compromise when I’m getting an appendectomy or any other medical procedure. You’re beliefs govern your behaviour, no one elses.

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  5. dawnkinster says:

    Absolutely. We knew this was a possibility when he put three of his on the bench…but it’s still astounding. And not in a good way.

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  6. Lauren says:

    It is so frustrating that common sense has left our country. A great blog. I came over from Melanie’s reblog.

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  7. leendadll says:

    One if the female supporters I saw on tv was a woman who “found religion” after FOUR abortions. #FURIOUS

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  8. Well said Carol. We have fairer laws in Australia but we can’t take anything for granted these days.

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    • Carol says:

      A friend and I were talking about where we could go if we jumped ship. Australia or New Zealand were our choices. But then, there’s the family that probably wouldn’t move.

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      • I know it’s very tempting to just go away from all the craziness. Of course every country has its own issues. To me, New Zealand looks like they deal with many things better than we do in Australia but if I lived there I’d be more aware of what was wrong I suppose. The main thing that scares me about New Zealand though is that it is an earthquake prone country. Of course the real issue for you apart from family is whether you are allowed to emigrate to our countries. Australia does not make it easy for people to come here.

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        • Carol says:

          There are those immigration requirements to be considered. I know New Zealand has earthquakes, but we are not all that far from the Pacific Rim earthquake zone either where we are – and there are the wildfires here in the west. Every place has some risks. Truth is, I am 80 years old, and very unlikely to move out of country, and if I did it would probably be someplace much closer. Mexico would be a consideration for me, although that isn’t necessarily the safest place in the world either. No, I will stay where I am, hope that common sense and compromise find there way back into our society and government, but not put all my money on that happening in what time I have left.

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  9. Robin says:

    I hope the day when women are in control comes soon, but then again, it might depend on which women. I see so many young women celebrating the death of Roe v Wade. The right has spent decades indoctrinating their side. It’s scary.

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    • Carol says:

      But still, the polls say the majority support the woman’s right to abortion. I think what we see are those that are the most vocal, not necessarily the majority. The hope I have for now, dim as it is, is that this election will rid the Congress of some of the old white men who have been in power for far too long. And, if we get lucky, perhaps get in more people who understand the art of compromise. That is, if our attention span is long enough for this to still matter in four months.

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  10. Karma says:

    Hi Carol, what a great blog here! You express yourself so very well. I haven’t blogged in years, but I still get some notifications in my email. The title of yours here is what brought me over to your site. I’m very afraid for our country’s future and the chipping away at our rights. The country is so very divided and the extremists are the vocal – making it so very difficult to find compromise. Although I know it is also extreme, I fear a future that is all too similar to “A Handmaid’s Tale”. How about some term limits on these old men of the senate? That would be a fine way to “clean house.” I live in a very Democratic/liberal leaning state, Massachusetts, despite our Republican governor (he’s at least a more progressive Republican) so I worry that my votes don’t change much in DC, but it is my hope that many in the rest of the country will see the scary path we are headed down.

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    • Carol says:

      Thank you for visiting, Karma, and for your comments. I am in Oregon, which is mostly blue, but has its read sections. I fear the same as you, and so regret the loss of compromise, respect, and common sense. Term limits would be a good idea, I think, but I doubt Congress would ever vote for them. I think the only hope we have of that is if it were to get on the ballot so we could vote for it. Congressmen like Mitch McConnell have certainly been there too long, and gathered far too much power.

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