“The fetus is the property of the entire society… anyone who avoids having children is a deserter who abandons the laws of national continuity.” Romanian dictator Nicolai Ceausescu
A 1966 campaign to increase the population by banning abortion, divorce and birth control (the latter to be physically verified monthly by gynecologists) went horribly wrong after a doubling of the birth rate was not accompanied by any basic medical improvements. Babies sickened and died for lack of medical care, food, and maternity beds. Desperate women braved machine guns to flee to Hungary, leaving a legacy of millions of hungry orphans, many of them seriously retarded through neglect. In the 1980’s, the country succumbed to an AIDS epidemic of staggering proportions thanks to Ceausescu’s refusal to admit the problem existed.
Interesting too that Ceausecu had no interest in providing for the children born, willingly or otherwise. Just as the Foetus Fetishers care only for (un)(pre)(pick trendy gushy word of the day) born.
Todays G&M carries a story by Andre Picard regarding Dr. Henry Morgentaler having so far been overlooked in receiving an Order of Canada. Some commentators to this story see utopia as having the same fascist laws as Ceausecu laid down. Forbidding women the right to reproductive liberty. Placing their wombs in the realm of state property.
I will not accept that my body nor my daughters, nor my granddaughters nor any other womans’ body be nothing more than state property. That our lives to mean nothing more than to breed workers and soldiers.
The laws (or lack thereof) in Canada right now recognize that the majority of Canadians also find this idea repulsive.
Bestowing this award on Dr. Morgentaler would be further proof that Canada and Canadians recognize women’s autonomy from state control.
h/t fern hill at breadnroses Re:Picard story