To the editor:
Jill Cannon made sense in her guest column regarding state interference in women’s health. Sadly, her statements will fall on deaf ears. Whether it’s opposition to Planned Parenthood, contraception or abortion, gray-haired old men and unmarried clergymen will oppose women’s decisions on reproductive rights.
While they try to convince us they’re protecting the unborn, the need to dominate women is at the core of their crusade. Keep the “little woman” pregnant, in the kitchen and dependent by controlling the money. As she tries to provide for her children, the man will have complete authority over her.
To find where this animosity comes from, our conservative, evangelistic brothers will need to trace their roots to the Bible. It’s likely they’ve never forgiven Eve and Eve’s daughters for the Garden of Eden episode. Although it didn’t take much effort to dupe Adam, the blame for introducing sin into the world is laid at Eve’s feet. As a result, they’re convinced that no woman has the moral fortitude to make the right decision and they make sure we are reminded of that daily.
You may win a few battles, but you won’t win this war, gentlemen. This younger generation of males will not be governed by such archaic beliefs. They want equal partners, not subservient robots. How sad that our Topeka legislators are dominated by mind-sets dating back to the last century. It’s time for women to fight back at the ballot box. In the 2012 election, get out and vote for those candidates representing your best interests.