A message for lawmakers

This poem really hit me hard. What a true message, what an amazing reveal of the emptiness of all of these rules, that say you can’t do this, or you must do that, but leave pregnant and parenting people high and dry in the times that really matter.

I’m struck these days by just how political this whole business of reproduction is. It’s always been this way, but this is the first time in my short political memory that it has been so wholly the focus of political attention. How many hours, how many millions of dollars have gone into this project? This nasty project of turning bodies into politics and health into controversy.

In my post from yesterday I talked about how no person should be criminalized for failing to guarantee a healthy pregnancy outcome. When I say “criminalized” I don’t just mean going to jail, I also mean subjected to demeaning and non-medically based practices and procedures. What are these rules if not punishment?

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the decision that gave single women access to contraception. Maybe when we realize that it was only 40 years ago that we gained the right to control our fertility regardless of marital status, we’ll understand why we’re fighting these battles today.

3 thoughts on “A message for lawmakers

  1. Lynda M O March 22, 2012 / 3:57 pm

    Wow. that’s a powerful piece of creative performing; from deep within she cries for help where none exists, in a system designed for her failure and that of her children and theirs too.

  2. julianabritto March 30, 2012 / 10:13 am

    I LOVE this video. It makes it’s way around the blogs every once and a while, and I can’t watch it enough.

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