I Wish #Motorcyclevagina Were Trending for a Better Reason

A lot has happened in North Carolina this week, and it's only Wednesday! If you haven't been able to keep track of it all, here's the skinny.

First, over 60 activists were arrested at the Capitol on Monday after thousands showed up to protest sweeping anti-abortion measures that were rushed through the House last week. The rally was part of an ongoing outrage against other bills that have been considered this legislative session.

Second, Governor Pat McCrory, who had previously said that he would not sign any legislation that would limit a woman's access to abortion, has publically stated that he will veto the bill if it makes its way to his desk. You can tell him to stick to his promise here.

But instead of allowing the Governor's concerns with the bill to be amended according to normal procedure, today the House attached a set of sweeping anti-abortion provisions to yet another completely unrelated bill. Again, with no public notice. This time, legislators think that motorcycles and pregnancies are the same thing. Secret: they're not. Although, come to think of it, pregnant ladies would look great in helmets and leather jackets, right?

Wrong.*

Politicians in North Carolina must think we are stupid. They are trying to play doctor, and they must think we won't notice, that we won't fight back against these attacks that hurt – not help – women's health. Well, we're not stupid. We notice. We will continue to #standwithNCwomen. We are fighting back. And we will not back down.

*Well, maybe they would (who doesn't love a great leather – or faux if that's your thing – jacket), but that is for each woman to decide. Not something that should be legislated.

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Anonymous

To be frank, I don't know where I stand with abortion, on one hand, you are murdering a fetus, which regardless of when you believe conception occurs, will grow into a living human being, but on the other hand, everyone should have a right to control what happens in their own bodies. So either you are murdering a fetus, or policing women everywhere. I think Roe v. Wade was a solid compromise, which we need more of in this world. The fact that there are people out there who want to pressure women making probably the most difficult decision of their lives is sickening enough, but then trying to sneak something past the local populace is insulting. Being elected as a repetitiveness means you will do your best to represent the people based on your own views, not try and sneak your views past the people. This issue as a whole is very complicated and should be discussed more, but in an open environment where the common person is watching. I as a citizen am outraged and I believe it is time for a change to the way arbitrary laws are made.

Anonymous

But I'm a pro life supporter of the ACLU. Is there a link where I can encourage him to sign the legislation and allow the will of the people to be met?

Anonymous

Shouldn't this be *** #MOTORCYCLEUTERUS *** ?

Anonymous

Shouldn''t it be " #MOTORCYCLEUTERUS " ?

Anonymous

This is not the will of the people of NC! The fact that they've had to sneakily put these provisions into completely irrelevant bills shows that they know they won't get support for this if they do it up front. Even our Republican governor has called them on their horrible behavior.

Anonymoush

This is not the will of the people of NC! The fact that they've had to sneakily put these provisions into completely irrelevant bills shows that they know they won't get support for this if they do it up front. Even our Republican governor has called them on their horrible behavior.

Anonymous

This has nothing to do with the will of the people. What you think, what I think, does not matter. This is a privacy issue, and a 1st Amendment issue. No one can prove when "life" begins. This is a matter of personal belief.

I will defend anyone's right to freedom of religion. I will also defend the right to be free of someone else's religion.

Mandating what doctors and teachers say to students and patients is not only dangerous, (especially since statements in the script being provided by Republicans are so blatantly false) and reminiscent of the oppressive police states the U.S. so adamantly denounce, ebut highly illegal.

Politicians who do not understand the constitution and continually introduce and pass laws that are clearly violating rights are unfit for office and should be brought up on ethics charges and impeached.

Anonymous

Ok here is my two cents. You are right. Women do have the right to control their bodies, and they did. They chose to have sex, and though many people don't know it, babies come from the consequences of having SEX. I know there are a few (VERY FEW) whom are conceived as a result of rape, and these may fit into a realm of an exception, but let us be clear an abortion has nothing to do with the woman. It has everything to do with the child. The woman is not dying, she is in fact living, and as a result of her actions bringing a new human into the world. I don't condemn people for their choices, but I do think they should be held to the consequences of those choices. We need responsible legislation, and real work from the time of childhood to adulthood on the benefits and rewards of abstinence. However, we instead promote sex, push kids to have sex at earlier and earlier ages. Did you know that one states mandates the providing of condoms to Kindergarteners? Really. We have lost our way in many respects.

Steven Hargett
shargett2@gmail.com

Anonymous

Ok here is my two cents. You are right. Women do have the right to control their bodies, and they did. They chose to have sex, and though many people don't know it, babies come from the consequences of having SEX. I know there are a few (VERY FEW) whom are conceived as a result of rape, and these may fit into a realm of an exception, but let us be clear an abortion has nothing to do with the woman. It has everything to do with the child. The woman is not dying, she is in fact living, and as a result of her actions bringing a new human into the world. I don't condemn people for their choices, but I do think they should be held to the consequences of those choices. We need responsible legislation, and real work from the time of childhood to adulthood on the benefits and rewards of abstinence. However, we instead promote sex, push kids to have sex at earlier and earlier ages. Did you know that one states mandates the providing of condoms to Kindergarteners? Really. We have lost our way in many respects.

Steven Hargett
shargett2@gmail.com

swjordan

I'm curious. Which state mandates providing condoms to kindergarteners? Did you know abstinence educations doesn't work? What is the difference between holding someone to some consequence and condeming them to that consequence? So many questions.

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