Deedra4BoS – District 2 Board of Supervisors
Deedra4BoS – District 2 Board of Supervisors
The vulnerability of women is both biological and social.
Women are biologically vulnerable because Nature has entrusted them with the noble biological burden of reproducing the species.
Unfortunately, the noble task of motherhood has not brought societal rewards to women.
On the contrary, it has often led to their subordination, ignoring their worth… and worse, to gender discrimination practices which, among other consequences, adversely impacts women’s health.
Services offered to women often have something of a veterinary quality about it.
As if women are broodmares and nothing else.
Proponents of the education of girls cite the advantages that such education will have for the survival and health of the children, and the impact it will have on birth rates.
Nutrition of women is justified because of the needs of the fetus and the breastfeeding infant.
Even with the tragedy of maternal mortality, a justification put forward for investment in keeping mothers alive is that their survival is critical for the survival of the children.
We forgot that there is a woman in the mother, who also has a right to health and survival.
A woman is Not a womb; a woman HAS a womb.
The tragedy of maternal deaths in the world today is an issue of priorities in the allocation of resources.
It is a question of how much the lives of mothers and women are considered worth.
The economic invisibility of women is because their work, much that it counts, is not counted.
Family planning services offered to women are often a means for a demographic objective.
People are more likely to adopt a family planning behavior when they find that their other reproductive health needs are also addressed.
A crucial element in the quality of a family planning service is the freedom to know, the freedom to choose, and the freedom to decide.
Family planning is a dignified behavior, and services should be provided with full respect to human dignity.
Women have been considered as a means in the process of reproduction and as targets in the process of fertility control.
No society, primitive or advanced, no culture, no religion, and no legal code has been neutral about reproductive life.
The past few decades, however, have witnessed a major development.
Governments saw fit to step into people’s bedrooms.
A woman can claim as her own… her head, her hair, her hands, her arms, her upper body, her legs and her feet.
She cannot claim the same right to a remaining area of her body, which appears to belong more to certain males of the species, moralists, lawyers, men of religion, and others, all of whom claim the right to decide how this part of a woman’s body can best be utilized.
Let her body, all her body, be her’s.
I sometimes pray that GOD issues a thunderous disclaimer from heaven about those who use his great Holy name to oppress the woman GOD so wonderfully created and trusted with the noble mission of the survival of our human species.
Some policymakers tend to forget that the solution for the population problem will not be made in governments’ BOARDROOMS but by people in their BEDROOMS.
Take care of women and the population problem will take care of itself.
It is a reproductive wrong when fertility control BY women is changed into fertility control OF women.
Coerced contraception and coerced motherhood are two sides of the same bad coin.
They both deny women the dignity of making an informed choice in their lives.
Coerced motherhood in one form or another is much more pervasive.
Women are coerced into motherhood when women, including adolescents, are denied access to family planning, when women are forced to keep unwanted pregnancies, when women are denied any other choice in life except childbearing and child rearing, and when children are considered the only goods that a woman is expected to deliver.
Today, women are producers, not just reproducers.
Science tells us that abortion will never be eliminated.
Abortion will never be eliminated because there is no power or superpower that can control the most efficient pro-choice activist in the world, which is our Mother Nature.
A majority of early human conceptions are efficiently aborted by Mother Nature every day.
Mother Nature does not give us any reasons for most of them, but keeps on doing it and apparently with no moral misgivings whatsoever.
Asking the question “is abortion moral or immoral?” is asking the wrong question.
The right question is:
Can women be trusted to make moral judgments on their own or are women morally incompetent to make these decisions and they need big brother to make these decisions for them.
If you follow my social media, and it’s still the best time you’ll have online with a politician, you likely saw a conversation I posted about a man questioning my Planned Parenthood t-shirt.
After several pointed glances at me and my shirt, he finally asked me:
Do you believe abortion is a sin?
Does my definition of a sin apply only to me… or do I get to decide what sin is for you too?
Future improvements in women’s health will need more than the science and the healthcare profession.
They need societal action that is long overdue: to correct injustices to women.
Power is what women need to enjoy their right to health.
Powerlessness of women is a serious health hazard… particularly in maternal health.
But women have to demand the power for themselves… and to keep a sustainable supply of that power.
There will continue to be those who cannot accept a role for women other than being satellites that have to move around men.
Women still have an uphill struggle, but there is no turning back.