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Do You Trust Women?

January 23rd, 2012 by Chris Bobel

Do you see the connections between menstrual health awareness and reproductive justice?

At re: Cycling, we sure do, because being critical of how menstruation is regarded (and managed)—from menarche forward—is one way we loosen the social control of women’s bodies.

My body, my choice, my whole life long.

And that’s exactly what reproductive justice is about—fighting for everyone’s access to affordable, quality reproductive health care of their choosing. That’s a fight to get behind, not the stupid “War on Women” advanced by certain presidential hopefuls (Hello Rick Santorum).

We are excited about this creative campaign organized by The Trust Women/Silver Ribbon Campaign, a coalition of 42 national and local organizations (the Bay Area Coalition for Our Reproductive Rights (BACORR), Catholics for Choice, NARAL-ProChoice California, Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific, and SisterSong/Trust Black Women.

The campaign takes aim at “extremist politicians elected with a mandate to fix the current economic crisis instead chose to divert the public’s attention with policy battles about these private decisions.”

So why are our legislators and presidential candidates hell-bent on denying access to basic health care services –including contraception and abortion?

Really, why do we let them get away with this?

In San Francisco, The Trust Women/ Silver Ribbon campaign is literally taking the message of reproductive justice to the streets by flying banners—colorful, clear and decisive—all over the city. The banners are more than a defensive operation in the battle against women’s autonomy; they seek to end the offensive by reminding us that most Americans are, after all, pro-choice.

The banners read:

  • Her Decision, Her Health
  • U.S. Out of My Uterus
  • Fix the Economy, Support My Autonomy
  • Reproductive Rights are Human Rights
  • San Francisco is Pro-Choice

That’s all very good, you might say, but I don’t live in San Francisco.

During Trust Women Week, January 20-27, the campaign is staging a Virtual March (with  MoveOn)—a time for reproductive justice supporters to express their support online.

So go here and take action.  Let’s end the War on Women.

4 responses to “Do You Trust Women?”

  1. Bravo Chris!
    Excellent article and a much needed stance.
    Wondering if you all saw this article….

    Is pregnancy unethical? Yes, says UK bioethicist

  2. That article on BioEdge’s site is fascinating. Thank you for sharing. So we’d have a society of these stratas – those who could afford to outsource their pregnancy (like we hear celebrities supposedly doing with surrogates to save their figures…) in a way that we already have those who can afford childcare and those who cannot – and those who cannot afford to outsorce and so…? Perhaps we’d all be sterilized in puberty to provide a level playing field? Then there’d be a rebel faction who enjoyed being pregnant themselves. Oh! It sounds like a basis of a new young adult novel series!

  3. Tom MacMahon says:

    As a father, husband and brother, I completely endorse the statement that Chris made. Although I consider myself a spiritual individual, I am appalled at how our religious bodies attack women where they are most vulnerable in the name of “Charity”.

    The essence of humanity is freedom to choose how one lives their lives, to make mistakes, accept responsibility and hope for support when needed.

    Politicians should stay out of the bedrooms of the nation as well as the clinics, hospitals, places of worship and
    public debate!

  4. Laura Wershler says:

    I love this campaign. How cool it is that a whole city commits in this way to women’s reproductive rights.I trust women!

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