Heidi has had it. She is sick and tired of men who promote restricting a woman’s right to have a legal abortion procedure. Heidi Seltz wrote a strongly-worded but necessary letter to the Minneapolis Star Tribune with a request after the paper published two letters from anti-choice men regarding the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on Texas’ insanely restrictive H.B. 2 abortion legislation, the Huffington Post reports.
“To the two men whose anti-abortion letters were published on June 28: Unless you have a woman’s body, I don’t want to hear your opinion on what women’s bodies should or should not do,” Heidi wrote. “In fact, it would be a delight if the Star Tribune Editorial Board ceased publishing men’s letters about women’s bodies entirely,” she continued. “Perhaps newspaper readership among young people would grow if every time we opened a paper, we didn’t have to read old men’s fusty opinions about uteri,” she added.
Heidi is sick of your bullshit. pic.twitter.com/7TGEz5Q3TD
— Stacey Burns (@WentRogue) June 30, 2016
The Supreme Court ruled that a restrictive Texas statute which would have shuttered half of the state’s remaining abortion clinics was unconstitutional. The state has also argued that it was acting to protect women’s health by requiring abortion clinics to meet hospital-like surgical standards.
This didn’t go down well for anti-choice Conservatives.
While Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined Justice Stephen Breyer in his majority opinion, she penned her own scathing concurring opinion that, in one brief paragraph, warns lawmakers across the country that medically unnecessary abortion restrictions will never be tolerated by the high court.
“Given those realities, it is beyond rational belief that H.B. 2 could genuinely protect the health of women, and certain that the law ‘would simply make it more difficult for them to obtain abortions,’ Ginsburg wrote. “When a State severely limits access to safe and legal procedures, women in desperate circumstances may resort to unlicensed rogue practitioners … at great risk to their health and safety.”
Justice Ginsburg isn’t wrong. Back-alley abortions were once a thing. Conservatives hate regulations unless they involve regulating women’s bodies. But you know how this works. If you’re a woman who wants politicians to stay out of the Regulating-Vaginas business, Conservatives on social media will usually hit you with a winning remark like, “Then keep your legs closed.”
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