Thursday, July 26, 2012

"Protecting the Health of Women"

Mean Rachel wrote a post, The Texas Shame Act, on her blog about the controversy sparked by a Doonesburry comic strip regarding the Texas law that requires women to have an ultrasound before having an abortion.

Obviously her followers are the main intended audience, but I believe she is also aiming at the general public who has come across this issue. I believe she wants to inform them of the flaws in the controversy by pointing out the methods of other comic strips regarding women. She tells her audience this, "If that's all this law is about, truly a plight to keep women safe, then why can't I read about it while I gulp down OJ and Cheerios? Comic strips like Zits prod at women's health and no one seems to get up in arms about that."

I believe Mean Rachel has been running her blog for quite some time and she has written a lot of posts about Texas politics. She has a lot of credentials like the following taken from her about me section: "covered the 2008 Democratic National Convention with The Texas Observer team, writes for The Huffington Post and has served as the National Communications Director for the Young Democrats of America Women's Caucus." She also states that she was asked by Mark Wiggens from KVUE to comment on the issue. Therefore I believe Mean Rachel provides a lot of credentials for her credibility.

She addresses the issue and her argument is how the Texas sonogram issue brings shame to women and how the comic proves that point. She points out the flaw in the logic that is being used to pull the comic from the papers by saying, "If all this law is about is simply "protecting the health of women," then what's the harm of it being brought up in the comic section where "families and children may see it"?"  She also points says that the law isn't out to protect women by saying, "It's not about giving a woman "the privacy that she deserves," as if the very basic right to privacy is something women still have to be deserving of, like a day at the spa or a pay raise. But this law isn't even about that. It's invasive, state-mandated shaming. So call it what it is: the Texas Shame Act."
Rachel. "The Texas Shame Act." Blog. Mean Rachel. Posted March 15, 2012. Accessed July 23, 3012.

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