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Inequity is not just a women’s issue

Editorial cartoon by Jason D. Cox

States across the nation are battling issues that directly affect more than half of the American population; the thread connecting these issues is women.

In Congress the Republicans proposed a bill that would allow hospitals to let a woman die rather than perform an abortion that could potentially save her life.

A bill that was originally proposed in Virginia, and is now being proposed in several other states, would require women desiring to have an abortion, to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound and then endure a 24-hour waiting period before the abortion could take place.

This would be done without having any medical necessity.

Also, in Georgia, rape is being redefined and the language used is being modified, which would change the term “victim” of rape to the “accuser.”

Katharine Daniels, executive editor for The Women’s International Perspective website, wrote in an article that “the inequity between the sexes is still perceived as a ‘women’s issue.’”

It is left to be fought for by feminists rather than being seen as a societal issue for which we all bear responsibility.”

Although all of these issues are being classified as “women’s issues” they are hardly being handled by women but rather by men who are pushing their own personal beliefs on the nation.

A main topic in the media has circled around contraceptives and what will be allowed or banned, if these bills are put into place.

Conception involves a man and a woman, both sexes; so why is one sex taking an extremely dominant role, especially when the issue has been labeled as a women’s issue?

Furthermore, rather than putting full responsibility on women, there should be more thought and research going into men’s contraceptives.

Progress should be the aim for the United States, but instead the nation is crawling back into the dark cave of Puritan ways.

Major advances in women’s rights were made throughout the 1960s and 1970s only to be rehashed and disputed once again.

America has been labeled as the home of patriots and progressive thinkers, yet we still toil on issues that should have been solved decades ago.

Other nations have found solutions to issues that we are still debating.

In Italy abortion was made legal in 1978. This is a country where 87.8 percent of the population is Roman Catholic.

Naomi Wolf, writing for the Guardian, wrote: “Western women have been left ill-prepared to do what is urgently needed: to field their own candidates, to run for office themselves, to raise their own money, to start their own institutions, to draft their own laws and to inaugurate their own media.”

It has been long established that women are not second-class citizens, they are not property and they are not inadequate.

The government, politicians and citizens need to wake up and realize that this is 2012, not 1912.

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