A Failed Court

Plain Talk: It is Not Possible to Respect Women and Support Forced Pregnancies Forgive my angry rant, but I think it’s time for angry rants…

A Failed Court
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In polite company, you never ask a woman if she is pregnant, you wait until she volunteers the information if she chooses.

In an environment of mutual respect, you don’t ask a couple why they don’t have children. It’s a personal decision and those questions are an intrusion on their privacy.

And for those who say, just put the child up for adoption. They have no idea how painful this is for a woman who knows it’s not the right path for her. And who the hell are they to decide someone else should have a baby and give it away?

Unfortunately, not everyone was taught to respect women or other people. Not everyone recognizes the rights of others. Nor do they know boundaries and when their opinions are inappropriate and irrelevant. Not everyone knows when to shut up and focus only on their own household.

Not everyone lives the Golden Rule and treats others as they would want to be treated.

Let’s imagine now that the Golden Rule is law----men and women treated, equally. In this scenario, we’d ask a man if he impregnated his girlfriend or wife yet. Or better, our esteemed justices would support a law that forced a man to marry anyone he impregnated, even a strange woman from a drunken one-night stand. He would be forced into fatherhood.

Let’s take it a step further and deny men who want vasectomies the right to have them. Again, the law would force them into fatherhood no matter their circumstances. The court would remove their right to choose.

The miscarriage of justice we are witnessing, conducted by horrible people in seats they dishonor, will not end well. They will have blood on their hands. Women will die. Children will be brought into a world that won’t always embrace them, some will end up victimized in foster homes, or by parents who didn’t want to become parents. And women forced into motherhood who might already live in poverty, will suffer more as they navigate a system that is only pro-life before that life is born, not after. It’s a system that won’t help them with attainable healthcare or a living wage to support the child she was forced to have. And they sure as hell won’t force the babymakers, the men to become parents.

To every selfish, barbaric, power-hungry, self-important, misogynist who supports this kind of law, a law that removes a woman’s right to choose her own fate and intrudes on her private decisions and quality of life; I hope you and those esteemed justices are---- done as you are doing to others.

May your karma return to you sevenfold.

Myra Jolivet is a storyteller. First a TV news anchor and reporter. Then came PR work and consulting. That's where she is today - banging her head against the wall - trying to help CEOs and political candidates tell their stories well. Myra writes a series of murder mysteries She was a kid with an imaginary friend. That says it all.