Tuesday, November 15, 2005

I Scream, You Scream....

The cat's out of the bag! Or is it a rat?

According to an article in today's Washington Post, the U. S. Supreme Court Judge nominee Samuel Alito -- a.k.a. das Bush White House wunderknabe -- had stated in his job application to Reagan administration Attorney General Edwin I. Meese III that "the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion." This in light of a Washington Post-ABC News poll held shortly after his nomination in which half of our country's initial gut reaction was that he should be confirmed by the Senate and fewer than a third viewed him as too conservative. In addition, "73 percent of all Republicans [said] he should be confirmed, compared to 33 percent of all Democrats," and 44 percent of Americans thought that "his views appeared 'about right'."

Granted, this poll is now almost two weeks old... But c'mon!!!!!!!!

How could a country that frowns upon female genital mutilation, human trafficking, modern day brothels, child-brides, and honor killings support such an in-your-face anti-choice nominee for the highest court in the land?!

I know I will hear at least two arguments here:

1) Oh, but wait, those other practices are truly degrading and dehumanizing. We are civilized here in the U.S. We loves our women folk!

2) And anyway, sure, the Constitution doesn't say anything about abortion, so technically, Scalito is right.

Puh-lease. My two answers:

1) All of those savage practices have one thing in common: they disregard women's autonomy over their bodies and their selves. They objectify them as vessels of patriarchal desires, as things to be controlled, owned, bartered with, impregnated and discarded at will. They take away women's right to shape their own lives and destinies. Anti-choice rhetoric follows suit.

2) Let us connect the dots here. Alito is nominated for a Supreme Court Judge. Supreme Court Judges interpret the U.S. Constitution. Alito interpreted the U.S. Constitution to say that it does not protect a woman's right to choose. What makes people think that he won't interpret it the same way once he is confirmed?

So excuse me while I go to the corner and muffle my screams of frustration at the American public and our "democratically" elected officials. And wonder whether UNIFEM might just decide to open a U.S. programme office next door.