Opinion Indya Rennie Feb 28, 2018 | 11:39AM Washington, DC
Whatever happened to “the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world?”
The cradle in a woman’s body, designed to nurture the world’s future leaders for nine months, is artistically depicted on a sign in West Hollywood, LA Magazine reports. The artwork, a neon sculpture of a uterus with fiberglass boxing gloves substituted for ovaries, was unveiled on Feb. 27 and will be lit for a year.
But the artist, Zoë Buckman, isn’t interested in ruling the world. Instead, she settles for the idea of ruling her own body.
Buckman said she was inspired to create the artwork, titled “Champ,” by the United States 2016 presidential election.
“I’m a Brit, so I come from a country where in the run-up to a general election, no one talks about abortion,” Buckman said. “No one starts scoring levels of rape. No one talks about curtailing a woman’s right to choice or sexual health—it’s just not a discussion. But yet, it is here, and I take it personally. This was starting up again, and so I realized I was just feeling that politically, as women, we were under threat, and that there was—and is—a war on us. There was a lot to fight for, and a lot that needed defending.”
Lessons from her boxing training also found their way into her artwork.
“The process of learning how to defend my body, how to own my space and take away space from other people, and getting me in touch with my masculine, testosterone-heavy side, from a personal development standpoint, it was really helpful to me—as well as releasing aggression and frustration.”
She added, “I felt like I needed to bring that world and that iconography into the studio.”
In sum, “Champ” proclaims that abortion allows a woman to defend her own body.
But is that actually true?
What about the women—one in three in the United States, and countless in other countries such as China—who are pressured to abort unborn babies? What about sex offenders, embarrassed parents, money-conscious boyfriends, or population-conscious governments, who force mothers to end their babies’ lives, simply for personal or societal gains?
What about the studies showing abortion’s physical and emotional damages to women, such as guilt, depression, or infertility?
What about the plaintiffs in the two cases that legalized abortion in the United States? Why did those two women, Norma McCorvey and Sandra Cano, dedicate their lives to reversing the effects of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton? Did it have something to do with the fact that they were manipulated into becoming the “advocates” for abortion in the first place? Isn’t it telling that neither woman even had an abortion?
Yes, women should have jurisdiction over their own bodies. But that jurisdiction will be restored only when both mothers and society as a whole recognize that the unique person growing in a woman’s uterus has an intrinsic right to life.
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