[Fire on the Mountain is pleased to post this new article by Mirk. Like the last one of hers we ran, on the 2012 elections, this was originally written for Rødt!, the magazine of the Norwegian political party called Red.
The forces of sweetness and light have had cause for celebration lately as the homophobic right wing has taken a terrible beating on the legal front and in the opinion polls alike. But with International Women's Day only a week away, we had best not forget the damage they continue to do to women's reproductive freedom. This article lays out just how grim things really are.]
by Judith "Mirk" MirkinsonWhen I was 21, I had my first abortion. It was 1972 and New York was one of the few states that had made it legal. I went to a lovely clinic and was surrounded by women from all over the East and Midwest of the country.
of rape was omnipresent. The rape of Black women by white men was one way of terrorizing and controlling the African population just as it was with Indigenous women.
Live as domestic a life as possible. Have your child with you all the time. Lie down an hour each meal. Have but two hours intellectual life a day. And never touch a pen, brush or pencil as long as you live.
Its decision to fund childbirth but not abortion, places no governmental obstacle in the path of a woman who chooses to terminate her pregnancy. Congress’ refusal to fund abortion counseling leaves a pregnant woman with the same choices as if the government had chosen not fund family-planning services at all.