I am as politically “progressive” as they come, so I am fairly disgusted and dismayed by the current effort by alleged progressives to whip up indignation over the report that a tidy number of women were sterilized in the California prison system during the last decade.
Can someone explain to me convincingly what is the effing problem? I had to prostrate myself in my twenties to get this surgery, alarmed that an anti-abortion lobby already flexing its muscle in the Reagan years could condemn me to a life of either celibacy or terror of becoming pregnant. If I had ever been pregnant without recourse I would have blown out my brains; anyone recall the “please kill us” scene in the second Alien movie? Doctors scoffed at me and told me I would change my mind. Clearly, the majority of people I encountered believed that a woman’s whole purpose in life was to be an incubator, and this in a world already groaning under too many people.
These women in California got out of it for free. Why is this a matter for uproar?
The birth of a child is the death of a woman — not only her irreversible physical mutilation but the death of her intellect, her talents, her plans for the future, her identity as a separate human being, even if she doesn’t know it yet. It’s at the very least a violation and a disfigurement, and more likely the conversion of her into a MOM — a creature whose only traction in this world is a reciprocal sucking off the life of her offspring. Why is it considered an abuse that a certain number of women in in a certain place and time were spared the risk of this death?
The prison industry in America is a horror, a combine which sucks up people often guilty of no more than a little chemical diversion and uses them as slave labor, but when it gets something right — even a stopped clock is right twice a day — why is THAT the issue that everyone jumps on? Could it be that even the most “liberal” among us still think a woman is only valuable when she’s a baby factory?