I have a wedding shower to prep for and a job to go to and commissions to do and I should not have bought myself Dragon Age: Origins. But I did and whoops and omg nothing is getting done and help meeeeeeee.
“While Ms. McKenna “did not ‘abduct’ the child,” the court said, “her appropriation of the child while in utero was irresponsible, reprehensible.”—
Sara McKenna, a former Marine, became pregnant during a brief relationship with Bode Miller, an Olympic skier. While seven months pregnant, she moved from California to New York to go to school, leading a judge to scold her for “virtually absconding with her fetus.” Now, the fight for custody of their son has become “a closely watched legal battle over the rights of pregnant women to travel and make life choices.” (via kvothetheraving)
The legal crack den that is the American Justice System truly scares me. And that oxymoron is intentional. A country that considers itself a “major Western power” and the “Land of the Free” should not be casually debating, let alone legally debating, the rights of its citizens, especially their reproductive rights. Reproductive rights which, for all intents and purposes, are perhaps the most human (if not organismal) of rights that people can possess.
Freedom is defined as “the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants” as well as “the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved”. Not only are women in America being told that they do not have the right to act as their male counterparts do (e.g. go where they please no matter their number of sired offspring), many states are enacting laws that will lead to the imprisonment of women both figuratively and literally. And, even more troublingly, many states have already enacted these laws.
But if you don’t think that denying women access to rudimentary healthcare practises and information or that denying them adoption services because their sperm donor refuses to sign a piece of paper (even if he then isn’t legally required to provide custody for this child following his refusal) isn’t a form of internment, then you need to check yourself and your understanding of physical, biological, and gendered imprisonment.
And then, after all that, you should be scared. Really, really scared. Because you’re “free” after all, aren’t you? Yeah, of course you are.