The Gilded Hour, by Sara Donati
Set in the late 1880’s, this book deals with the touchy subject of abortion.
Since it was illegal to abort a pregnancy or even to permit women information on contraception, women who were pregnant tended to do horrendous things to their bodies.
These actions included douching with lye soap, carbolic acid, rubbing alcohol, gin, quinine, and bleach.
The very poor would try self-induced abortions with wires, long handled spoons, rubber tubing, metal probes, or whale bone stays from old corsets.
Those women with money would buy questionable potions to drink including arsenic.
If women could not be controlled by tying them down with multiple pregnancies, men would often resort to declaring them insane and lock them up in “sanitariums”.
This was a favorite trick of men who married women with money and minds of their own.
Skipping ahead to the present and witnessing the disgraceful behavior of men outside Kentucky’s last abortion clinic we see the same religious zealots trying to dictate women’s lives and choices.
Who are these religious nuts that claim only they have the right to determine if a woman can choose to not have an unwanted pregnancy?
To quote my own blog of 1/25/15, “When theocracies rule, women’s rights are total crap. (See Islam in Saudi Arabia)
When we see the rise of fundamentalist religions we also see the diminishing rights of women.
Having eight children is a crime against the environment. Having the right to determine one won’s life course is freedom.
Evidently many of the religious zealots of today have misconstrued the law of the land and think that they have a lock on what their imaginary deity wants for the world.
When these diametrically opposed ideas clash, there is bound to be violence, which is detrimental to the young.
Christians of all stripes- Grow up and stop sticking your noses into things that do not concern you.