I am doing this because I believe equal means equal.
I do this because I have a daughter.
She is a beautiful, brilliant, nineteen year old Sophomore at a well respected, small Liberal Arts College in Ohio.
When she finishes her education I want her to be able to do whatever she wants. And to be paid the same as a man with equal credentials and talent.
I want her to have full and equal access to the justice system if the unthinkable happens.
I want her to have full and equal access to the healthcare system without conservative religious views codified as law to prevent that. Having a uterus is not a pre-existing condition any more than having testicles is.
I want her vote to be counted and not discarded because she's a student.
I want her to live in a nation where she is not a second class citizen, condemned to a state of socio-economic slavery simply because of gender.
I want her to live in a Nation where a Violence Against Women Act is not used as a political football and is unnecessary.
All I want is a Country where she is a citizen first and a woman, second.
Apparently this is too much to ask.
Ninety-three years ago this week the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified. That finally gave women the right to vote.
During those years the fight for women's rights has made significant progress. We have a long road to travel yet but we were always moving in the right direction. I knew this would be a better world for my little girl.
It seems I may have been too hopeful and naive.
Both of us are in Ohio. Not a woman friendly State anymore.
Ohio, through most of it's history was a powerful political State. It was a hotbed of the Abolition movement. Major lines of the Underground Railroad went through the State.
Many of the stations are still standing as private homes. The owners are proud to point out the history of their house and the hiding places for escaped slaves to visitors.
Lincoln carried Ohio twice.
During the Civil War Ohio produced more troops per capita than any other State in the Union. Many of the Generals were Ohioans also. Grant, Sherman, Sheridan, Harrison, Hooker and Custer to name a few.
Ohio continued as a political powerhouse. Senator Sherman of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act was a progressive Senator from Ohio.
During the Progressive era Ohio helped those progressive laws pass in the House and Senate.
Ohio produced six Presidents following the Union victory. Two of them were assassinated.
What I am trying to show is Ohio has a tradition of being a moderate, yet powerful force in American politics. A defender of liberty. Sadly in the last decade that has changed.
Now Ohio is a leader of a different kind. The reactionary Republicans that have seized the State are determined to support and champion the rejection of history, science and women as an equal citizen.
In 2011 the lizard brained psychopaths in the Ohio House passed the Heartbeat Bill. They did this in the center ring of the National Political Circus.
These venal, theocratic rat bastards, in the pocket of the Tea Party and the Westboro Baptist wing of the Party gave us a bill banning abortion when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, About six weeks, pror to most women even knowing they are pregnant.
In committee, a woman undergoing an ultrasound so her fetus could testify made a joke that a transvaginal probe would work better. The compassionate men on the committee chuckled over that witty bon mot.
The Ohio Senate, after having their asses handed to them by the people of Ohio on Union Busting, buried the heartbeat bill.
The Republicans in 2011 came up with gerrymandered political districts.They appeared to be drawn by Strom Thurmond on acid. So even as Mitt Romney's Presidential dreams were gutted like a trout in Ohio, a more rightwing batshit crazy Legislature was elected.
Thus in their wisdom the Republican Legislators in the Great State of Ohio, after seeing Ohio reject the GOP social stances in the Presidential election, acted.
With clear logic they came to the conclusion the most pressing issue facing the State was abortion. So, they went after women. They acted with the glee of frat boys spiking drinks at a party.
In order to avoid a ballot repeal by the sane, they put their demented views into the Budget.
As believers of input from the public they are supposed to represent, these regs were slipped into the budget at the last minute to avoid public hearings. No point turning over a rock to expose these creepy slimy slugs to the light of day.
They doubled the waiting period to forty-eight hours. An ultrasound must be performed with a voice over of what's going on.
A woman must be told the chances of carrying the child to term. Healthy or not.
Since being a member of Ohio's Legislature automatically makes you a de facto OB/GYN they redefined pregnancy. It now begins at conception. After all what does the AMA know?
There is a script healthcare providers have to read that links abortion to increased chances of breast cancer. It doesn't matter the American Cancer Society says there's no correlation. A bunch of liberals.
Fetal pain, something that has never been established as fact must be mentioned as if it's an accepted medical concept. Any MD that doesn't lie to his patient can be found guilty of a felony and fined $1,000,000.(not a typo)
The redefinition of pregnancy makes some forms of birth control abortion agents . So to get the pill, an IUD or Plan B, you get the lecture, ultrasound and waiting period.
The GOP says this is for the health and safety of women. That would be why any women's healthcare clinic that even mentions abortion as an option goes to the end of the line for funding, including rape crisis centers. A child of rape is a gift from God, you know.
This puts the anti-abortion fronts known as pregnancy crisis centers to the fore. They routinely lie to women about the effects of abortion.
In other states they've been caught saying abortion created antibodies that will induce miscarriages in future pregnancies.
They've tried to link abortion to mental health issues, falsely.
They say the pill causes abortions, again contradicting the AMA.
Also, condoms are naturally porous so they don't work.
The only way acceptable way to avoid pregnancy is the ole rhythm method or abstinence.
The sole reason for these regulations undoing decades of progress is to force women to give birth. They want to humiliate unmarried women who have sex. Basically codifying slut shaming.
Since women are wilful, sinful creatures they need to be shown the sonograms. Obviously they don't realize that is a baby, not an undeveloped clump of cells.
We all know they blithely seek abortion as an easy, convenient form of birth control. They are too stupid and hormone addled to make these decisions anyway. After all they refuse to accept the consequences of their sinful, wanton desire to have sex outside of marriage.
The very best way to keep these feminazis out of public life is to control their reproductive options.
Because of the hippies and commies in the Sixties, women have decided they should no longer be subservient to men. They have this absurdist notion they are as intelligent as and equal to men. The girls think they deserve equal pay also.
The Nineteenth Amendment was a mistake. Ask Ann Coulter.
The best way to remove these pesky women from business and politics is let's keep them pregnant through most of their reproductive years. If they can't plan their life they have to settle for women's work. They'll stop taking jobs from men. We'll quit wasting money and time educating them. After all how much education does a walking life support system for a fetus actually need?
The girls need to go back to their God ordained role in the family. An incubator and child rearer. They need to be obedient to their husband.
To these views being passed off as helping women I say, are you fucking crazy? This is the Twenty-First Century for Christ's sake. We can not treat women like we are still a bronze age nomadic tribe.
I respect women as the individuals they are.
I respect women as equal in all ways before the law and in society.
I want my Daughter to live a long fulfilling life seeking her happiness, not some preacher's view of that.