Dearest Everyone at Million for Roe,
I hope you are having a fabulous time at an event "celebrating" the deaths of thirty million unborn souls who have been systematically annihilated since the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.
I know if I was there, I would be kicking up my heels that I made the decision to murder three of these souls. Yes, it fills my heart with joy when I think about the three kids (aged fifteen, thirteen, and nine) I would have right now had I not been one of the many cold-blooded baby killers that live in American today.
But alas, I am a cold-blooded baby killer.
And I am walking free in society.
And one day soon, abortion may be illegal, and people like me will be criminals.
Today I read in the Los Angeles Times that a young girl was picked up by the police for placing her newborn child in a dumpster. She will go to jail for this offense, and I don't know who got her pregnant--whether it was her stepfather, a priest, or a neighborhood boy who promised her love.
She is a cold-blooded baby killer too.
In James W. Loewren's book, Lies My Teacher Told Me, there is a quote from a 1517 letter from Pedro de Cordoba to King Ferdinand describing life for the Arawak Indians under Spanish colonial rule:
As a result of the sufferings and hard labor, they endured the Indians choose and have chosen suicide. Occasionally a hundred have committed mass suicide. The women, exhausted by labor, have shunned conception and childbirth...many, when pregnant, have taken something to abort and have aborted. Others after delivery have killed their children with their own hands, so as not to leave them in oppressive slavery.
By 1555, the entire Arawak nation had been annihilated. The pre-Columbian population of Haiti is estimated to be around eight million people. The "natives" of Haiti are now descendants of African slaves who were brought there by Spanish and the French. These slaves rebelled mightily, and Haiti has been in turmoil pretty much ever since.
When I read stories about Haitian history and present day upheavals, I often think about the souls of those eight million Arawak Indians, and the many millions of Africans and Haitians who have died horrifying deaths--both in slavery and fighting for their freedom since Columbus's landing. These souls are speaking to the world. They say, "Colonialism is murder, colonialism is genocide, colonialism is now called things like 'free trade in the new world order' but it is still colonialism."
When rabbits find themselves pregnant in times of severe environmental stress, they absorb their young back into their bodies.
After NAFTA was in force in 1994, U.S.-owned factories called "maquiladoras" opened up all over the border of Mexico. One place that is very convenient to huge U.S. corporations is Cuidad Juarez, located just a few miles away from El Paso, Texas. The maquiladoras offer jobs and money to people who operate in a more pronounced economic apartheid than the one present in the United States. So people. primarily women--the poorest people in the world--flock to these shitass jobs in huge factories where no one gives a fuck about them.
Since 1993, at least 270 women have been found raped and murdered in Cuidad Juarex. Another 450 have disappeared. They have primarily been factory workers, attacked on the dark streets as they walked to and from work (progressive.org).
Here is an excerpt from a February 2002 article on the Progressive Media Project's website:
On Feb. 11, Chihuahua Governor Patricio Martinez Garcia said that he would seek assistance from the United Nations as well as from international police agents to solve these murders. Mexican women's-rights activists and the families of the murdered women have called attention to the murders of Mexican women for years. Their pleas have too often remained unheard by government officials and law-enforcement agencies (progressive.org)
In June 2002, the U.S. Christian Right, Catholics, and Mormons announced the creation of an alliance with Iraq, Iran, and a number of other countries to create a powerful bloc within the U.N. Their focus? Squelching all talk of rights for queers, women and children throughout the world.
One imagines that Governor Garcia's request fell upon deaf ears.
I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where people became outraged over the grisly murders of hundred of women in Mexico. I wonder what it would be like if Jerry Fallwell and Operation Rescue went down to Ciudad Juarez to protect the lives of people who have already been born, against the cold-blooded women killers and the factories that take no responsibility for their workers well-being
If I had three kids, I would not have been able to write Cunt. All the love I have for those three kids went into that book. Cunt fomented in my heart for years before I ever sat down to get it all out. I produced Cunt to serve myself and to serve other people who are already born.
I am very pro-life
I wholeheartedly support the lives of the living. And life is a goddamn complex thing, and it involved making difficult choices, and sometimes those choices lead to sacrifice. And sometime those sacrifices lead to a woman waking up one morning, her uterus in agony, and crying for the harrowing choice she has made.
If Roe v. Wade is overturned then where does that leave all the pro-life baby killers like myself?
Generations of women have grown up with legal, safe abortions available, and this has made us lazy. We have grown accustomed to living in a world where it is no one's goddamn business what insanely personal sacrifices and choices we make in our lives. We have had the wool pulled over our eyes so tight, we have o idea what is going on in Haiti and Ciudad Juarez. We read about little girls dumping newborn babies in garbage cans, we sigh sadly, and we turn the goddamn page.
If Roe v. Wade was overturned, then I am going to celebrate because I know it will make people get off their asses and take a look around this post-1973 world we live in.
It will mean war.
We've all been getting our asses kicked since before Columbus sailed the ocean blue, and little "rights" like voting, working , freedom, and abortions have blinded entire generations to this fact. Abortion is not a "right," it is not within the jurisdiction of men to decide whether or not women will be "allowed" this "luxury". We seem to have missed the point entirely.
At least if abortion is outlawed, more people will understand that the exact same war has been going on for over five hundred years, and there will be a lot more soldiers asking where they can line up.
With warm regards,