“Who made them judge and jury over where women chose to go? Whether they live in urban areas or rural areas women should have a right to choose where to go. Period. And Planned Parenthood should be among those choices. They are trying to be slick here and trying to pit the community health centers against Planned Parenthood, but we see right through that.”—Nina Turner (D-Cleveland), on why the Ohio GOP are dumbasses (x).
“It [Ohio's heartbeat bill] really only sees a woman as a carrier and she has no other right beyond her ability to reproduce. One of the reasons that these abortion bills are so dangerous is because it chips away at the notion of personal liberty, your right. And what can be more fundamental to your personal liberty than being able to control your own body? .... Women died trying to get back-alley abortions. Do we want to get back to that in the land of opportunities, the land of freedom? When did it become a sin and a shame to be a woman in this country? But that is what is happening in the 21st century in many states across this country and also in our congress and it's just absolutely shameful to me.”—
Nina Turner, Ohio state senator
Hello, I have been seeing the same argument all across the internet lately- that if a woman wants control of her own body and does not want the government involved in her sexual life, then she shouldn't ask for health insurance to cover birth control. It's infuriating, and I was just wondering what argument you would formulate against this. I can't seem to come up with one that comes across strong enough. Thanks so much.
The issue here is less about sex itself and more about two things: health/healthcare and sexist double standards surrounding accessibility, availability, and privacy.
Certain states (like Texas) have decided to stop covering pap smears. Really? So Viagra is covered, but not a pap smear. Apparently men being able to get it up is of higher importance to the government than women being able to maintain their health and take steps to prevent cancer. Makes sense.
The government could decide to be involved or they could decide to not be involved I suppose, but wait, they have chosen a third option. Form men, they will every sure all the “necessities” (like Viagra) are covered, and that you can get condoms whenever and wherever you want. Ok, that sounds like a sweet deal. I wonder what the women get…
Unfortunately, they don’t get so hot a deal. They cannot get birth control without being questioned, heavily scrutinized, often a prescription, and a big hunk of change… Because it’s not covered. Or, if you’re real lucky, in Arizona a woman could be able to get fired from her job if she is taking the pill and can’t prove she takes it for reasons aside from sex.
And many women do take the pill for plenty of reasons aside from pregnancy prevention. But why should it matter if that’s why she’s taking it. If that’s going to say anything about her, it should say that’s she’s responsible and wants to be proactive in matters concerning her reproductive health. I’m failing to whereof that is warrants being fired?
This is why I am loving what’s going on in Ohio right now with Senator Nina Turner and her “Viagra Bill”. Suddenly the big wigs care about health coverage now. I think it’s very telling of where women, their health, and general well-being rank in the government’s priorities.
Hopefully this helps you out with some areas you can focus on or highlight! :-) xx
Ohio Legislature Seeks to Punish Women with Unconstitutional Bills During Lame Duck Session
Just as promised, a “compromise” may have been reached between Ohio’s anti-choice activist groups Ohio Right to Life and Faith2Action on the long blocked “heartbeat ban” that would make abortion illegal from the moment an embryonic heartbeat can be detected.
That compromise? Make it even more restrictive.
The “heartbeat ban” was always intended to be unconstitutional. The extreme group Faith2Action proposed it as a way to invoke a challenge to Roe v. Wade, allowing a possibility for the case to work its way through the court systems and end up in front of the Supreme Court. Ohio Right to Life, on the other hand, urged caution, worried that if the case made it all the way up the ladder, Roe would be reaffirmed rather than overturned.
“It [Ohio’s heartbeat bill] really only sees a woman as a carrier and she has no other right beyond her ability to reproduce. One of the reasons that these abortion bills are so dangerous is because it chips away at the notion of personal liberty, your right. And what can be more fundamental to your personal liberty than being able to control your own body ….
Women died trying to get back-alley abortions. Do we want to get back to that in the land of opportunities, the land of freedom? When did it become a sin and a shame to be a woman in this country? But that is what is happening in the 21st century in many states across this country and also in our congress and it’s just absolutely shameful to me.”
Nina Turner, Ohio state senator
“When a man makes a crucial decision about his health and his body, he should be fully aware of the alternative options and the lifetime repercussions of that decision. Men need this guidance so they can better understand and more effectively address their condition. We must advocate for the traditional family, protect the sanctity of procreation, and ensure that all men using PDE-5 inhibitors are healthy, stable, and educated about their options—including celibacy as a viable life choice. This legislation will do just that.”—
Senator Nina Turner (D)(Ohio Senator Nina Turner Suggests Men Seeking Viagra Undergo Psychological Testing)
The Ohio GOP has been hell-bent on looking after the “health and welfare” of the state’s women by cutting off their access to providers, abortion services, even basic health care.
For their safety, of course.