he women’s health care advocates hoped to present Ryan with 87,000 petitions opposing his announcement Thursday that Republicans will defund Planned Parenthood as part of their effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Dressed in pink “I Stand With Planned Parenthood” shirts, they hit one obstacle after another when they arrived at the Longworth House Office Building. Capitol police held them up as they came in, and they had to have a Hill staffer come down and escort them to Ryan’s office, which is not normal. Once they got there, the office was locked and half a dozen officers stood guard in the hallway.
It’s unclear if anyone was inside ― it wasn’t Ryan’s speaker office ― but the excessive security and the sign on the door that read, “Please knock, only scheduled appointments will be admitted,” at least gave the appearance that staffers were around. It was also early Friday afternoon.
Fucking coward, you love to police women’s bodies but you hide from them when they confront you about it. Pitiful.
Huh? What war on women? Republicans have already excluded abortions from public money, now they want to shut down all health and medical care for women and children that has nothing to do with abortion. Because…? Pap smears? Prenatal care?
Republicans are irrational and abusive towards women and children. Forget sharia law, we have conservatives.
Legislators in Indonesia proposed a controversial law this week that would require girls to pass a “virginity test” in order to graduate high school. “If they’re not virgins anymore, don’t let them pass,” said one of the leading lawmakers from Jember, the township in East Java pushing for the V-card test, to a local news site. The proposed policy wasultimately defeated after an outpouring of public outrage across the archipelago nation.
This is not the first time such a law has been proposed in Indonesia. In 2007, the province of West Java called for similar tests on high school graduates, and in 2013, lawmakers in South Sumatra tried as well. Both attempts failed. Still, women applying to the National Police force have been given virginity, or “two-finger” tests since at least 1965—a few months ago, the Indonesian coordinating minister for politics, law, and security told the press that giving female military recruits a hymen check has been obligatory for a while now. Last November, the head of the force’s law division told theJakarta Post that the tests can help determine an applicant’s moral standards. “If she turns out to be a prostitute, then how could we accept her for the job?” he rationalized.
Intimidating women is a conservative cornerstone. Oppressing women, denying equality, it’s all in their ideology.
But to intimidate a potential gun purchase? The threat of violence and retribution is inherent in [male] gun culture. The “make my day” narrative is too risky to chance with the modern gun owner.
Are women oppressed in Muslim countries? What about in Islamic enclaves in the West? Are these places violating or fulfilling the Quran and Islamic law? Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an author and activist who was raised a devout Muslim, describes the human rights crisis of our time, asks why feminists in the West don’t seem to care, and explains why immigration to the West from the Middle East means this issue matters more than ever.