When you compare Biden to Palin, on the issue of women’s rights and reproductive freedom, there’s no contest if you ask me. Biden is smart enough to keep his personal, religious beliefs to himself. As a strict Catholic, he’s personally against abortion. As a politician he is against federally funding them which I’m fine with. But as the author of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, he gets that the problem isn’t abortion, it’s the violence that causes a need for an abortion that’s the problem. Until that is wiped out, abortion needs to be an option.
His Violence Against Women Act provided $1.6 billion to enhance investigation and prosecution of the violent crime perpetrated against women, increased pre-trial detention of the accused, provided for automatic and mandatory restitution of those convicted, and allowed civil redress in cases prosecutors chose to leave unprosecuted.
VAWA was drafted by Senator Biden‘s office with support from a number of advocacy organizations including Legal Momentum and The National Organization for Women, which heralded the bill as “the greatest breakthrough in civil rights for women in nearly two decades.
In theory, having the states decide their own views on abortion makes sense – on paper. But in real life that wouldn’t work because women in poverty and without the ability to transport themselves to a state that allows abortions would be unable to get one. If you’ve just been gang raped in an alley, I don’t think you should have to take a 13 hour Greyhound trip to get to a clinic. Your ability to be in charge of you body shouldn’t be determined by your geographical location. That would be like only offering mammograms in Iowa, pap and pelvic exams in Minnesota and skin cancer screenings in Arizona.
Sarah Palin being from a state that isn’t connected to the lower 48 should get that. Sarah Palin being a woman and having daughters that are statistically, more likely to be a victim of violence should get that. Women that are supporting Palin in 2008 should really think about that before they vote.
Until the violence stops, and women are on equal footing and it’s not okay to gang rape, beat, stalk, punch, kick, cut and strangle the females of the planet, we women need all the advocacy we can get.
Emma’s in a part of town
where she doesn’t recognize the streets
named for famous native sons
and out of every crevice comes creeping
a threat in her direction
Lucy’s outside her home
heading towards her corner store
she stays on well-travelled paths
and is always making sure
that she doesn’t develop patterns
There are trap lines
running up and down Main Street
wire snares thirsting for your neck and feet
Susan doesn’t like the way her curtains
are blowing in the wind
She swears she locked that window
before she went out dancing
she stands frozen in her doorway
Judy hears a sound coming from the other room
she knows she should be alone
’cause the kids left at noon
to go visit their father
Quick to your phone dial 911
invite a strange man into your home
who’ll be carrying a gun
Leslie’s working late
she’s got a deadline to meet
In walks her boss,
upon her desk he puts his feet
and says alone at last
Reanne’s got a new boyfriend
and they’re getting along
until he locks the door and says don’t struggle,
I’m stronger than you are.
Just one question I’m dying to ask, you said,
do you know what it’s like to be hunted?