“If this is not gender based slavery,

then what is it?”

Philip Drucker, Esq.

Hate takes many different shapes, sizes and forms. Its masks are legion but once removed they always reveal the same sulfurous concoction of fear, loathing, anger, rage and yes, evil. Hate is not difficult to spot. There’s always division, derision, derogation and desolation. An innocent, an enemy. Usually the righteous throwing of stones. Us and them. Inevitably, the differences among us become the excuse for otherwise baseless acts of retribution, often involving some sort of cleansing and most unfortunately the justification for violence.

Slavery didn’t end due to any monumental change in culture or attitude toward those who were not “like” us, but rather it was no longer legally tenable to treat our fellow human beings as anything other than what they were. Human. With the advent of the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments, no longer were slaves property, or at best 3/5th of a person. The newly freed slaves were deemed “persons” and hence entitled to all the benefits and protections afforded by US citizenship. The end of the US Civil War brought for many a birth into a new life of personhood and equality under our laws. We got that one right.

Hatred in the form of legislation has again raised one of its many hydra heads this time to strike at a target we all thought was safe from the degradation and consequences of slavery. I speak of Women and their anti-abortion legislation generated banishment (return?) to less than a full person legal status based on nothing more than their gender and ability to create life.

The recent wave of draconian, unconstitutional and inhumane anti-abortion laws reducing a woman with child, in some instances pregnant without her legal consent (rape and incest), to nothing more than property of the state. A vessel, a host, a baby machine not worthy of even consideration when she may have life-threatening complications. This in the name of protecting the rights of the unborn. Pitting mother against child in this manner is an abomination of all that is just and right. Where is the humanity?

These so-called “heartbeat” or “moment of conception” laws without any exception for rape or incest combined with giving parental rights to rapists and family members is indentured servitude for life based upon the illegal exploitation of the basic female human reproductive system. The woman’s unique gift of creativity becomes the source of her imprisonment, the loss of her individuality, the loss of economic autonomy resulting in abject servitude and submission to the will of another All without her consent. With the approval of government. If this is not gender based slavery, then what is it?

Constitutionally speaking, under the 10th Amendment the states were granted the “Police Power.” This power is best described as the ability to fulfill their duty and obligation to prepare and maintain the health, safety and welfare of its citizens. This spate of abhorrent laws attempt to redefine the moment of “person”, thereby allowing the unborn child full legal citizenship and its attendant rights at a far earlier stage. This, in and of itself, is not necessarily a problem. But what happens when the rights of the unborn supplant the rights of the living? What happens when the life of the mother is considered, in all instances, of less value than the yet-to-show-its-life as a separate entity is even viable? The implications are frightening.

On a more personal level, the thought of forcing a mother to watch her innocent, beautiful child born of rape or incest call a violent, degenerate criminal “daddy” sickens me. Yes, it does.