But God Forbid A Woman

    
     I am an unreformed ex-Catholic. I claim to straddle both propositions, Pro-Choice/Pro-Life with equanimity. I have no problem in honoring any woman’s right to choose to opt for a child. I merely argue equally for the right to choose an abortion.    
     Sadly, we are all too willing to accept the idea, if  a god at all, then it must be a male god. Like most of the people of this world, deep down, we believe that men are superior to women. The perverse degree to which this has gone to, is best illustrated by the Catholic dogma of the trinity. God can be a father, god can be a son, god can even be a ghost, but god forbid a woman. This sexist doggerel is institutionalized by most of the major religions.
      Don’t you think it remarkable that Mary, a female, and Christ’s mother was endowed with gifts no other human being was granted. Assuming arguendo, Catholic liturgy, Mary was: conceived immaculately (without original sin), conceived Christ without sexual intercourse, assumed into heaven body and soul, bears the title “Regina Caeli” (Queen of Heaven), and was, uniquely, spared the pain of death. Even Christ had to die!
     Why is it that Pope Dope, Bennie 16  (unlike Brigham Young) has not awakened and told of us of his dream. A dream that Mary came to him and said that it was time for women to be priests? It’s not because, as a man, he has one X chromosome and one broken X chromosome. It’s because as a man he feels himself superior to women. It never occurs to him to think otherwise. After all he is surrounded by men.
     This brainwashing extends tragically to women, as well. I recently heard a woman, a so-called Catholic “spokesperson,”  defending the notion that women are, as much as men, the pillars of the church. “After all, it is the women who are the ones who place the flowers around the altar”?
     Don’t be fooled for one moment, the anti-abortion argument is the smokescreen for a wider agenda. The fundalmentalist zealots plan to strip away every persons (male or female) reproductive freedom. If they could they would have government outlaw every form of birth control save “rhythm.” Ask any Catholic prelate to verify this.
     Until men and women abandon the culturally reinforced principle of male superiority, the longer it will be that we grope in the dark.     

If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament

     It is an old political maxim “divide and rule.” The Pro-Choice/Pro-Life debate is a canard, a faux issue. It is a cleaver way to divide men and women.  I am an “absolutist” on a woman’s right to choose. As a male, it would be the height of arrogance to embrace any other view. I know as sure as the sun is coming up tomorrow, that if men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament. Men wouldn’t tolerate any restriction on their rights if it directly effected them. Everyone of my brothers out there knows the truth of what I have just said. I dare any of you to deny it! The joke is on men because women know this about us.
     Every major religion is under the absolute control of men. Denying women reproductive freedom is how men keep women subjugated. Does anybody seriously believe that if women had had a modicum of power in the Catholic church that they would have silently stood by or would have aided and abetted the child molestation by those priests?
It is easy to engage in Jesuitical casuistries as a male. It is easy when pregnancy is an abstraction. Men, it’s too patronizing to march out our genuine concern for our mothers, wives, sisters and daughters because they might have an unwanted pregnancy. The fact is men don’t get pregnant! Women, it’s easy to wax philosophic after the fact about the sentimental memories.
To all of us, it’s quite another matter when “being late” is an anguish, a particular woman, can just not afford to have to endure. She is entitled to have her reproductive freedom completely intact. As a full citizen, she has an inalienable right to all the help the society can provide.
     I am a Republican for Choice and as pro-life as any other. I challenge anyone to dispute that the two positions are not fully compatible. It is a statistical fact that more women die each year from a wanted pregnancy than the termination of an unwanted pregnancy. It stands to reason that being pro-life means protecting the life of a woman. Or are we now saying pro-life refers to all except, pregnant females?
     Please, don’t mistake my passion for anger. Any feedback is welcome. I love to dispute the passage, but let’s try to do so, with civility and grace.