I don’t exist, and other important news

Another GOP politician has revealed his magical powers of anti-science, and he’s come to a startling conclusion: I, dear reader, do not exist! Apparently this post is writing itself.

No, really. I fall into the same category of mythical beings as unicorns, because according to Rep. Joe Walsh (R-My Uterus), modern medicine has made it impossible for a woman to need an abortion to save her life or her health:

With modern technology and science, you can’t find one instance…There’s no such exception as life of the mother. And as far as health of the mother, same thing, with advances in science and technology, health of the mother has become a tool for abortions anytime under any reason.

It seems I need to get busy imagining a future where I’m allowed to exist.

This guy’s running for re-election. These are the people who make the laws, folks. They believe I don’t exist. And if they get to write the laws they want, eventually, they’ll be right – but not because their failure to grasp basic biology will magically solve my problems. No, they’ll be right because women like me will die.

In Virginia, they’re working hard along those lines. A member of the Board of Health resigned her position because of the efforts to legislate women’s health clinics that provide abortions out of existence.

In good news, Obama finally diagnosed what Romney’s been suffering from: it’s not lack of backbone or actual devotion to any particular policies, it’s Romnesia. Good thing pre-existing conditions are covered under Obamacare.

I can only hope that the law is upheld so that we can say the same thing about reproductive health care.

About Literata

Literata is a Wiccan priestess and writer. She edited Crossing the River: An Anthology in Honor of Sacred Journeys, and her poetry, rituals, and nonfiction have appeared in works such as Mandragora, Unto Herself, and Anointed as well as multiple periodicals. Literata has presented rituals and workshops at Sacred Space conference, Fertile Ground Gathering, and other mid-Atlantic venues. Literata offers healing and divination services as well as customized life-cycle rituals. She is currently completing her doctoral dissertation in history with the support of her husband and four cats.
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4 Responses to I don’t exist, and other important news

  1. mmy says:

    In my private fantasies I imagine a politician like Joe Walsh bloviating about some medical issue at a press conference only to interrupted by a police officer who arrests him for practicing medicine without a licence.

    On a more serious level I think that what Walsh and others are a symptom of is an attempt to diminish cognitive dissonance. Given the facts/realities/truths of human biology the god they worship is cruel, arbitrary and unjust. How can you believe that your god is both loving and cruel, just and unjust, wise and arbitrary. Easy–remove of evidence of the cruelty, remove the circumstances where you god can be seen to be unjust, take away the chance that you will have to witness instances of your god being arbitrary. Presto. Problem solved.

    How you ask can someone remove those instances? Remove women. Rewrite women. Deny women’s life, their existence, their very biology.

    If Walsh and his ilk win the laws they will pass/enforce will effectively result in women being sacrificed on the altar of their god.

    • Literata says:

      Our fantasies are similar. I thought about including the point that I’m imagining a future where members of Congress don’t try to use their status to practice medicine inappropriately, or are forced to prove that they understand high school level biology.

      Yes. I wrote previously about how conservative Christians are willing to sacrifice gay children to their god, and how they see my life as simply the cost of doing religion. It doesn’t get much clearer than this. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry…probably both.

  2. bittysnitty says:

    I wouldn’t be able to comment if these rules had been in place 20 years ago. I feel that if you have never or will never possibly in the position of having to choose whether or not to have an abortion, you shouldn’t be allowed to legislate against them.

  3. bittysnitty says:

    That should read “be in the position “.

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