BY ALISSA GOLOB
You want to know what I’m sick of? (It’s a rhetorical question because I’m going to tell you anyway). I am sick of television personalities, politicians and that random guy at the gas station telling pro-lifers that the abortion law in this country won’t change. Not now.
I recently watched the movie “Iron Jawed Angels”, starring Hillary Swank and McSwoony (Patrick Dempsey) from Grey’s Anatomy. The movie recaps the struggle of Alice Paul and her fellow suffragettes in the United States, and how they fought tooth and nail until they were considered equal to their male counterparts, and finally achieved the right to vote.
And that’s about the right to vote. As important as that issue may be, it’s not about life or death. It doesn’t even come close to the struggle we have today of trying to protect preborn children from being ripped from their mother’s wombs. The abortion issue is so absurd, it shouldn’t even be a fight. I, like Alice Paul, question why this concept is so hard to understand.
Alice’s fight reached its peak in prison. Prison officials put Alice in the "psychopathic" ward, trying to pass her off as insane. They deprived her of sleep, flashed an electric light in her face every hour, and threatened to send her to an even more severe insane asylum. She still refused to eat. Finally, after 22 days of this, doctors were ordered to force-feed Alice, which they did by brutally forcing a tube into her nose and down her throat, pouring liquids into her stomach, three times a day for three weeks. The pain and suffering Alice endured was unbearable… however… she still refused to eat.
One physician even reported: "[She has] a spirit like Joan of Arc, and it is useless to try to change it. She will die but she will never give up."
(By the way, did I mention Paul was pro-life? She has been credited for saying, “abortion is the ultimate exploitation of women”.)
With mounting pressure after these atrocities were leaked to the press, President Wilson changed his stance and came out in support of the women’s suffrage movement. On January 10th, 1918, The House of Representatives narrowly passed the Susan B. Anthony amendment, and on August 26th, 1920, women voted for the first time in the 1920 Presidential election.
We live in a world where our Prime Minister says that as long as he is in power, he will not re-open the abortion debate (like we live in some sort of dictatorship). At least 100,000 abortions are committed annually in our country alone, and millions upon millions of dollars are being forced from taxpayers to cover the cost of this heinous crime. My question is: are we going to let that random guy at the gas station rightfully predict the future of our country? When are we finally going to stand up and say enough is enough?
My question is, what God-given rights would you bleed for?