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COMMON-SENSE QUOTES RE: WOMEN’S REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS

Last week’s MORAL INFIDELITY blog featured some of the most outrageous quotes ever made by men regarding women’s reproductive rights. From rape to abortion, clueless men offered their ignorant, misogynistic assertions.

This week, I would like to counter those crazy quotes with intelligent, realistic, common-sense quotes.

After the Hobby Lobby decision, some of our most admired reproductive-freedom advocates had some choice words for the Supreme Court’s decision.

SUPREME COURT JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBERG:

“Contraception protection is something that every woman must have access to, to control her own destiny,” Ginsburg said. “I certainly respect the belief of the Hobby Lobby owners. On the other hand, they have no Constitutional right to foist that belief on the hundreds and hundreds of women who work for them who don’t share that belief. I have never seen the free exercise of religion clause interpreted in such a way.”

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HILLARY CLINTON, former United States Secretary of State, U.S. Senator, and First Lady of the United States:

“Many more companies will claim religious beliefs. Some will be sincere, others maybe not. We’re going to see this one insurable service cut out for many women,” she said. “This is a really bad, slippery slope.”

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SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN (D) MASSACHUSETTS:

I was stunned by last week’s Hobby Lobby ruling.

Stunned that we live in a world where the Supreme Court of the United States of America would even consider putting the interests of big corporations before the fundamental rights of American women.

Stunned that the Court would establish precedent for one enormous slippery slope on letting employers deny individuals health coverage for any medical treatment.

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BEFORE HOBBY LOBBY: OTHER NOTABLE QUOTES

 

JOYCELYN ELDERS, Former Surgeon General of the United States:

“We really need to get over this love affair with the fetus and start worrying about children.”

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KATHA POLLITT, American feminist poet, essayist and critic:

“Young women need to know that abortion rights and abortion access are not presents bestowed or retracted by powerful men (or women) — Presidents, Supreme Court justices, legislators, lobbyists — but freedoms won, as freedom always is, by people struggling on their own behalf.”

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KRISTIN LUKER, Professor of Law in the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program and Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley:

“Pro-choice and pro-life activists live in different worlds, and the scope of their lives, as both adults and children, fortifies them in their belief that their own views on abortion are the more correct, the more moral, and more reasonable. When added to this is the fact that should ‘the other side’ win, one group of women will see the very real devaluation of their lives and life resources, it is not surprising that the abortion debate has generated so much heat and so little light.”

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AYN RAND,American novelist, philosopher, playwright (author of ATLAS SHRUGGED)

“One method of destroying a concept is by diluting its meaning. Observe that by ascribing rights to the unborn, i.e., the nonliving, the anti-abortionists obliterate the rights of the living.”

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FREDERICA MATHEWES-GREEN,Eastern Orthodox author and speaker on the subjects of religion and abortion

“No woman wants an abortion as she wants an ice cream cone or a Porsche. She wants an abortion as an animal caught in a trap wants to gnaw off its own leg.”

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ARISTOTLE,Greek philosopher and scientist

“(T)he line between lawful and unlawful abortion will be marked by the fact of having sensation and being alive.”

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GAYLE FORMAN, New York Times bestselling author

“Mom was adamantly pro-choice. She had a bumper sticker on the car that read, If you can’t trust me with a choice, how can you trust me with a child?”

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DENNIS MILLER, comedian, talk show host, political commentator

“And by the way, my belief is that if men were the ones getting pregnant, abortions would be easier to get than food poisoning in Moscow.”

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MARGARET SANGER, American birth control activist, sex educator, and nurse

“No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother.”

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AND MY PERSONAL FAVORITE:

HILLARY CLINTON, former United States Secretary of State, U.S. Senator, and First Lady of the United Statesformer NY Senator and former Secretary of State

“I have met thousands and thousands of pro-choice men and women. I have never met anyone who is pro-abortion.”