Women should speak out against SB 1433

Posted on March 27, 2012

The Norman Transcript, March 27, 2012 by Nadine Jewell

History shows that changing laws are not always an improvement.

When Prohibition passed, the law gave rise to bathtub gin, speak-easies, bootleggers and moonshine.

When marijuana was banned, hemp for rope was outlawed, but drug dealers became rich as the use of the weed grew in popularity.

Now, the legislature wants to push a personhood amendment that would effectively ban birth control medications. If it passes, it would not be long before contraband birth control would be available and its distributors would become rich. They would have a very large, ready market. In addition, there would be a resurgence of coat hangers and back-alley butchers.

Wearing blinders, some pompous legislators actually believe they must think for women. They do not understand how important it is for women to be able to think for themselves and that waging war on women is a mistake.

The personhood amendment is just another weapon that would allow male legislators, not women, to make decisions about a woman’s body.

Evidently, these legislators don’t know how important family planning is, whether the female is married or single. They don’t know how important emergency care is after a brutal rape, and all rape is brutal. They don’t know what it would do to an 11-or 12-year-old who was raped and impregnated to find that a law would force a doctor to rape her again by an instrument to fulfill the legislature’s insane law.

And they don’t have to worry about not having immediate care if they have ectopic pregnancy. And they can never experience the need to have children when the only option is in-vitro fertilization.

All women — Democratic, Republican, Independent and non-political — should join the protest and make their voices heard. This amendment, SB 1433, is being discussed in committee now.

History shows that Prohibition was overturned. Marijuana laws are being challenged. We need to stop this personhood nonsense now before historians write about the 21st century women’s return to the 1940s and ’50s.