Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Resist the war on women

Idaho state Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Boise, and his allies in the Legislature are sponsoring legislation that would force women to undergo an "obstetric ultrasound" before obtaining an abortion. Welcome, Senator, to the war on women.

There must be some old pols in Boise who warned Winder that Idaho might be better off letting others take the lead on social issues while local lawmakers struggle with economic and educational matters. It might be wiser to let other states and their legislatures pay the price of what is widely being referred to as anti-women legislation.

This war against women is producing some interesting alliances. Peggy Noonan, President Reagan's speechwriter, has declared, "Somebody has got to stop and notice this sounds like a horrible misogynistic war on women." Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has pointed out that extremists want to control how we dress and how we act, and that they even want to control decisions about our health and our bodies.

It's ironic that those who claim to hate the intrusive hand of government seem so willing to demand that people's very sex lives meet some kind of government standard.

Women are no longer amused.

The female members of the Georgia Senate said, "No anti-woman legislation," and walked out of the chamber. A female legislator in Ohio has proposed state regulations on the use of Viagra, including some exams equally as unnecessary and unpleasant as some kinds of ultrasounds.

Women from all over Idaho, and the men who love them, can take back their own lives if they organize by registering to vote and then voting out of office those who try to marginalize and control them.

This kind of legislation might have worked in 1952, but not today.

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