the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist
“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx
Apr 16, 2007
The legislature of South Carolina is considering a law suitable to the torture dungeons of the Dark Ages. Women needing an abortion would be forced to view ultrasound pictures of their fetus, just before the operation.
This barbarity is supported by South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, and passed the South Carolina House 91-23.
Who are these men who would dare to invade a woman’s most difficult moments? As if women who choose abortion don’t already know they had a difficult decision to make!
Bringing a child into this society presents one difficult choice after another, particularly for the poor.
Every woman faces the fact that there is little or no social support for her children, if she and her family cannot provide.
Those legislators, who are so ready to add to a woman’s grief – where were they, when funding for child services came up? Have they set up health care for all children, regardless of the mother’s ability to pay? Have they set up nurseries and pre-schools, so that children have good care while mothers earn a living? Have the legislators made sure that jobs are available, with wages a mother and child can survive on? No!
Have they made sure that effective and easy-to-use birth control methods are widely available? In a word, No!
Instead, legislators everywhere – not only in South Carolina! – deliberately maintain social conditions so threatening for children that women often choose abortion as a lesser evil.
In a rational society, such legislators would be reviled as the ghouls they are. But ours remains a society still not far removed from the days when women and children were chattel slaves.
Any more backward, and we will be in the dungeons.