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There are those who think the will of men should rule over the will of women.
There are those who’d see a rapist as less deserving of punishment than the one who stopped the ongoing impact of that rape.
There are many who claim that their own interpretation of God should be forced onto all others, regardless.
There are those who do not see how that endangers the very premise of religious freedom, and with it, their own access to choice.
There are those who hark for days when girls and women were a property that men could do whatever they desired with, regardless of whether girls and women had agreed.
There are those who push their personal beliefs as science, while ignoring and denying facts that do not fit the narrative they’d allow as acceptable to perceive.
There are those who’d abandon, ignore, punish, and vilify already living children while pretending to cherish those who aren’t yet born.
There are those who value power over choice and silencing over voice.
There are those who’d put people to death even as they claim all life is precious.
There are still many who do not see and many who refuse to even try.
And so … evidently,
There’s much still needed to be done in this time of religious extremism in its push to diminish rights, undo progress, and force radicalization.
Much to do:
To keep theocracy from overtaking true religious and personal freedom;
To liberate distortions of what some claim is pro-life but is in fact just anti-choice;
To help the lost see that support of life respects and encompasses the living and does not, selectively, ‘defend’ only the unborn;
To dispel outdated views of women as unable or unworthy of autonomy over their own bodies, health, and futures;
To protect the lives of women and girls from the intrusion, disrespect, disregard, and dismissal of value, that criminalizing of choice does.
There is much still needong to be done.
To ensure choice is protected
So lives, too, can.
For Linda’s SoCS prompt: Adverb