My Country, My Choice

“Some girls rape easy.”  Republican Wisconsin State lawmaker Roger Rivard.

“You know, back in my days, they used Bayer aspirin for contraception. The gals put it between their knees and it wasn’t that costly.” GOP mega donor Foster Friess

“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has was to try to shut that whole thing down,” former GOP Representative Todd Akin

You don’t really believe Republicans care about unborn children, do you?

They refuse to support family planning programs, parental leave, or day care assistance for the poor.  They routinely demand less money for nutritional and family assistance programs and those they grudgingly agree to fund don’t cover basic necessities like diapers.  Poor women are literally washing out dirty diapers and putting them back on their babies.  So the next time a conservative claims to be “pro-life” please don’t fall for it.

The GOP position on abortion is not about babies, it is about control.  A central tenet of social conservatism is the submission of women to men.  The man speaks to God, the woman can only speak to God through the man.  If only women would submit unto men, the world would be a happier and more peaceful place.  The Surrended Wife is a happy wife.  Etc. Etc. 

They use picture of dead fetuses not because they actually want to protect anyone, but instead to justify their decades long assault on women’s empowerment.  You see, every time a woman gains power, a conservative man feels a little more emasculated.  A little more, well, impotent.

Unfortunately, the progressive reproductive freedom movement has largely been fighting within the conservative frame.  And not only are they losing, they are spending tens of millions of dollars in the process.

It’s time we had the right argument about women’s power – and the intersection of our uteruses with that power.

My Country, My Choice seeks to change the frame of the “choice” debate.  Wanting to control a women’s body – through rape or through outlawing abortion – tells you everything you need to know about the politician trying to control it.  And by the way, every single one of those pious men should be asked how many abortions they have had. And what’s up with Michelle Bachman’s husband and the weird teenage girl fetish.  

In the video, 28 naked women pose the question “If you don’t trust me with my body, why should I trust you with my country?” The campaign received over 4 million media impressions and more than 150,000 YouTube hits. It was covered by Bill O’Reilly, The New York Observer,RH Reality Check, MoveOn.org, The Nation, Free Speech TV, The Washington Times, & The Daily Beast, among others and tweeted by social influencers like Laura Flanders, Dan Abrams, Kimora Lee Simmons, and numerous female actresses.