One-Liner Wednesday — Women’s Rights

2BDDE02E-48FB-4AB5-AA5D-A3AC11983B40“Congress should pass a Woman’s Heartbeat Law, which mandates that if a woman has a heartbeat, you can’t ever tell her what she can or cannot do with her own body.”

Anonymous

This quote, from whoever made it, seems particularly relevant these days as state after state, including Georgia, Ohio, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, and North Dakota, have passed laws that make it illegal for a woman to have a legal abortion if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is usually when a fetus is about six weeks old and before many women even know they are pregnant.

Just yesterday, the Alabama State Senate just passed a near-total abortion ban, that provides no exceptions for rape or incest. The bill now heads to Republican Governor, Kay Ivey. If she signs it, which is likely, the bill will become law. Further, the Alabama law would criminalize the procedure, reclassifying abortion as a Class A felony, punishable by up to 99 years in prison for doctors.

And this Alabama law, if signed by the governor, comes hot on the heels Georgia’s new law prohibiting abortions after six weeks and granting full legal personhood to fetuses. The Georgia law goes so far as to hold a woman who travels out of state to obtain a legal abortion to be subject to arrest and prosecution for conspiracy to commit murder, which is punishable by up to ten years in prison.

Welcome to America, the land of the real life Handmaid’s Tale.


Written for this week’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

One-Liner Wednesday — Our Stories

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“We get so used to the stories we tell about ourselves that sometimes we need to find ourselves in the stories of others.”

American novelist and essayist Leslie Jamison

We all tell stories about what’s happening in our lives. Some stories are about ourselves or about other people. We construct our stories based on our experiences, our perspectives on the world around us, and our interpretation of facts as we see them.

The more interesting stories, though, might just be those that others tell about us.


Written for this week’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

One-Liner Wednesday — Fighting Cannibalism

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“The difference between liberals and cannibals is that cannibals only eat their enemies.”

Former United States President Lyndon B. Johnson

There are now twenty Democrats competing for the Democratic nomination to run against Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. Well, 19 Democrats and Bernie Sanders, who is technically an Independent.

But the big question is whether the Democrats, who range from socialists to progressives to moderates and from pro-impeachment to no-impeachment, will not tear one another apart in their efforts to differentiate themselves from each other in order to prevail through next year’s primaries and to secure the Democratic nomination.

Personally, I don’t care that much about which one of the twenty rises to the top. I would vote for any one of them over Trump.


Written for this week’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

One-Liner Wednesday — Liberty

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“If Liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they don’t want to hear.”

English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic,
George Orwell

The current President of the United States of America does not want people to tell him what he doesn’t want to hear.

So much for “with liberty and justice for all,” the phrase from the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands. Liberty and justice seem to be no longer relevant in Trump’s America.


Written for this week’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.