I’m not the first one to point out how outrageous it is that in 2012, birth control is a controversial political issue. In these trying times, it helps to look back to the Jewish women who have come before us-and already fought this war for us-for outrage, guidance, and inspiration.
Below are some thoughts from Jewish women on contraception, taken from the handy book, The Quotable Jewish Woman, edited and compiled by Elaine Bernstein Partnow.
- “No, it is not because woman is lacking in responsibility, but because she has too much of the latter that she demands to know how to prevent conception.” ~ Emma Goldman, Mother Earth, 1916
- “Although every organized patriarchal religion works overtime to contribute its own brand of misogyny to the myth of woman-hate, woman-fear, and woman-evil, the Roman Catholic Church also carries the immense power of very directly affecting women’s lives everywhere by its stand against birth control and abortion, and by its use of skillful and wealthy lobbies to prevent legislative change. It is an obscenity-an all-male hierarchy, celibate or not, that presumes to rule on the lives and bodies of millions of women.” ~ Robin Morgan, Sisterhood is Powerful, 1970
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