“Today, we mark the 43rd anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling in Joe v. Jade, which affirmed a man’s freedom to make his own choices about his body and his family.” So the President addresses his nation today.
“The decision supports the broader principle that the government should not intrude on private decisions made between a man and his wife. As we commemorate this day, we also redouble our commitment to protecting these constitutional rights, including protecting a man’s leadership in the household and his right to familial unity from efforts to undermine or overturn them. In America, every single one of us deserves the rights, freedoms, and opportunities to fulfill our dreams.”
Are you in favor of this President? There’s a lot of good here. What about the rest of the story, though?
Imagine an alternate history. Woman’s suffrage was struck down by the courts in Joe v. Jade. While 5 out of 6 women still lived a prosperous and happy life, 1 out of 6 was subject to brutal domestic violence. Certain fanatics ignored the gains made by the 5 and never shut up about the 1. Some were even indoctrinated enough to opine that the 5 out of the 6 also were not truly happy, either, without the vote. But on the whole disaster was averted and family health maintained in this thriving society.
The picture looks a little different, now, right? Please read the official statement of our President.
Today, we mark the 43rd anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, which affirmed a woman’s freedom to make her own choices about her body and her health. The decision supports the broader principle that the government should not intrude on private decisions made between a woman and her doctor. As we commemorate this day, we also redouble our commitment to protecting these constitutional rights, including protecting a woman’s access to safe, affordable health care and her right to reproductive freedom from efforts to undermine or overturn them. In America, every single one of us deserves the rights, freedoms, and opportunities to fulfill our dreams.
A woman’s freedom. Her choices. Her body. Her health. Constitutional rights. Safe, affordable health care. Right to reproductive freedom.
Can you hear what the President didn’t say? Abortion. Fetus. Baby. Child.
Are the statements really that different?
Mr. President, I appreciate your desire to protect the women you can see as you make your speeches. And the women who can see you through the camera. I do not blame you for trying to further their cause.
Mr. President, what troubles me is that you do not see the women, and the men, behind a thin veil of flesh. That when one of those entrusted to your oversight, you only see the woman and not her child. You see reproductive freedom at stake and not life.
Mr. President, I appreciate your desire to make health care universal and affordable. But you consistently act to deny this healthcare to all of us, in our first 9 months of life.
A few years ago, you saw a boy in a tough place. An awful tragedy. This is what you said. “You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot I said that this could have been my son.”
I don’t blame you for that. I respect you for it. But what you should have said after was that Mr. Zimmerman, also, could have been your son.
You are the POTUS. The first one to hold that title under the Constitution was called the Father of Our Country. Any violence in this country is domestic violence and you are connected to both. I am connected to both.
I am a father, of sorts. The fruit of my heart, imagination, and soul – all of it, good and evil – dripping into my novel Two Queens. The heroes are mine and the villains are mine. But my heroes, the Queens, choose sacrifice over comfort and what is right instead of what is easy.
Not all of us voted for you. Not all of us are pregnant. Not all of us are African-American. But all of us need you.
Protect us all, Mr. President. Adopt the title of your predecessor. Become more than you are.
Sometimes, you have to protect us from ourselves.