In the last week of October 2013, the fight for access to legal abortions in the state of Texas amped up a notch when a federal judge blocked proposed new restrictions, deeming them unconstitutional. The policy in question would require doctors performing the procedure to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.
The judgment was seen as a victory for abortion rights organizations that argued the rule would serve no medical purpose and could force up to one-third of the state’s 36 abortion clinics to close. Considering that voices on both sides are louder now than ever before (check out the throng at the state courthouse!), the decision will surely be appealed to higher courts.
You don’t live in Texas? That didn’t stop thousands of women from supporting a related 11-hour filibuster by Texas state senator (and now, gubernatorial candidate) Wendy Davis last June . If you support reproductive choice, there’s a creative way to let it be known in your community, or anywhere in the country. And, it doesn’t have to cost very much money.
Government-Free VJJ.com believes that officials calling for less government in citizens’ lives can need a reminder now and then to keep the government out of citizens’ vaginas, too. If you’re crafty, the Knit a Uterus campaign will get your juices flowing (creatively, that is) to create a feminine body part to send to a representative of your choosing, local, state or federal. (And yes, that IS a knitted vulva with clitoris, 2nd from right.)
The patterns are free — site administrators only ask to be informed which elected officials will receive your handiwork and letter. Instructions for crochet are available as well.
If you’re not handy with needles and yarn, Amazon (who else?) offers plush uteruses (uteri?) at an affordable price (left) that can get the message across just as effectively.
Gift-giving season is around the corner…why not start with a present that says something big?
(Header Image Credit: Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman, via Associated Press)