How detested abortion bans can abort the right

Reproduction isn’t unilateral/ And sex delivers huge collateral.

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How long will one-third hold sway
Against two-thirds who shout out “nay”?
Because women’s rights are human rights,
They transcend narrow, partisan fights.

We’re not talking a divided nation,
What multitudes deem clear privation;
A super-majority has firmly decided
Faith-alone “birth control” is benighted.

This fundamentalist ban can’t stand. 
A super-majority on command
Can sting extremists in ‘twenty-four
Abort the ban from the culture war.

Unlike far more complex debates,
Self-evident truths capture red states;
Dems want women to decide on birth—
A simple message that’s down to earth!

Won’t Dems win more independents
On Ukraine & timing dependents?
Across states otherwise divided,
Once close contests may grow lopsided.

Already strict mandates on child-bearing
Brand extremists harshly uncaring.
Won’t suspect “pro-life” enmity
Impale the party’s posterity?

What if blasting medical options
Incite a surfeit of adoptions?
Will Rethugs ever do the right thing
And help pay for unwanted offspring?

The pregnant when denied full choice
Become forced breeders without voice.
Reproduction isn’t unilateral
And sex delivers huge collateral.

Why not instead reverse the focus?
Can’t men curb input hocus pocus?
When males are obliged to suppress sperm— 
No enforced pregnancies go full term.


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For over a decade, Robert S. Becker's independent, rebel-rousing essays on politics and culture analyze overall trends, history, implications, messaging and frameworks. He has been published widely, aside from Nation of Change and RSN, with extensive credits from OpEdNews (as senior editor), Alternet, Salon, Truthdig, Smirking Chimp, Dandelion Salad, Beyond Chron, and the SF Chronicle. Educated at Rutgers College, N.J. (B.A. English) and U.C. Berkeley (Ph.D. English), Becker left university teaching (Northwestern, then U. Chicago) for business, founding SOTA Industries, a top American high end audio company he ran from '80 to '92. From '92-02, he was an anti-gravel mining activist while doing marketing, business and writing consulting. Since then, he seeks out insight, even wit in the shadows, without ideology or righteousness across the current mayhem of American politics.