A guest post from Karen:
Hi! My son is married to Barbara’s daughter. So does that make Barbara and me Mothers-in Law? 🙂
On April 28, 2012 I had the eye-opening experience of attending a Unite Women rally in Richmond, Virginia. This organization was created February 19, 2012 in response to the more than 900 bills that have been proposed in General Assemblies all over the US; bills that may decrease women’s access to fertility and contraceptive health care.
The rally was peaceful, bi-partisan, and very informative. This spring Virginia joined 11 other states by passing legislation that mandates a medically unnecessary pre-abortion ultrasound be performed 24 hours prior to the abortion, thus increasing the burden of travel, time, and expense for the patient.
The original bill required that a transvaginal ultrasound be performed. Can you imagine? As an endometrial cancer survivor, I’ve had several, and they are extremely invasive! Other legislation has been introduced that would limit the rights of women to have abortions, even in cases of rape and incest.
I have to let you know that I’m not a flaming liberal; I’ve been a Republican my whole life and have worked for a Republican U.S. Congressman, as well as campaigned for other conservative Republicans. I’ve never even attended a political protest rally up to this point.
I can no longer stand idly by. Moderate political positions have disappeared, and the legislatures are showing disrespect for my gender. I want equality, and I want to move forward.
Photo Above: Karen (left) and her friend Chris at the rally. Photo Below: A younger woman stands up for the rights of women.