-from a member of the Revolution Club
We are here at St. Patrick’s Cathedral because the church is directly responsible for creating a culture in which women are shamed and demonized for having sex, for not wanting children, for being gay, bisexual, queer, and transgender, and for having abortions. This church in particular, and its very own Cardinal Timothy Dolan have spearheaded attacks against birth control. When birth control and abortion are not accessible, women’s lives are foreclosed, women are forced to stay in abusive relationships, and some women die. What is moral about any of this!? Do you think this is moral!?
When women are reduced to breeders, they are being told, that their lives count for nothing more than as a host for a fetus. We saw this in the recent case in Texas, in which a pregnant woman had a brutal accident, and died; she was brain dead. But her body was kept functioning to act as a literal incubator, against the will of her family, and the fetus was not even likely to survive.
Women are full human beings, fetuses are not! The church would like people to think that they are out to save babies. Some anti-abortion forces such as Operation Rescue, even say that abortion is the equivalent of a holocaust in this country. This is just bullshit! Fetuses are not babies! Women are not incubators! Abortion is not murder! This fight has never been about life, it has always been about control over women. Forced motherhood is a form of enslavement.
A lot of people in the 60s and 70s understood this deeply and were no longer going to accept a society in which women’s lives were determined by their reproduction. They fought to bring into being a society where women were viewed and treated as full human beings, and they made incredible gains, but ultimately they did not make a revolution, and so today we are facing the backlash; a push back to tradition.
41 years after Roe vs Wade and abortion has never been more stigmatized, more difficult to access, and more dangerous to provide. Whether you are down with revolution or not, you are here today because women’s lives matter, and none of these outrages that women face here and all around the world are necessary or acceptable. It doesn’t have to be this way!
We have the moral high ground! We are about the full liberation of women! And in order to women to be fully liberated we need abortion on demand and without apology! We need a society that does not legitimize an institution like the church that lies to, shames, and keeps ignorant so many people. We need to bring into being a culture that is about telling the truth. We are here today to be a part of making that real!