“We will honor you, our fellow citizens, by giving you the right and opportunity to make the choice."
That is exactly what Republican candidate for vice-president Paul Ryan said in his speech this morning: he emphasized the need for America to take back its right to choose.
Americans, he implied, know what's best for ourselves. We are a smart and responsible people. We want the government off our backs and out of our wallets, Paul Ryan's message implied.
Isn't it right to assume that, if we want the government out of off our backs and out of our wallets, we'd also want the government out our wombs, away from our cervices, and out of our vaginal area generally?
If American citizens need to be responsible for our own medical decisions, don't our girly-bits count as part of ourselves? Or are they open for government inspection--like having an emissions test--because they are under the hood?
American women are American citizens: at least until the next election.
Actually, let's take a vote: Hands up everybody who believes American women are fully operational American citizens.
Okay, those of you with your hands down are not allowed to decide what happens when we have sex, get pregnant, need healthcare, need a termination, or need a hysterectomy.