A quick something search today of ‘News Mandy Wright Representative’ will bring you approximately 1,650 results. Why would you do this? Because yesterday, Representative Wright stood up in front of what should have been the nation, to bravely recount a story of sexual assault from her childhood - she was 8. In addition to bringing this horrible circumstance to light in an effort to humanize the inane perceptions of rape victims that plague an anufortunate amount of government “leaders”, she also made sure that listeners (who should have been every one, because this is soooo important you guys, this whole rape/abortion/women thing in America and EVERYWHERE) knew two things: one, that she received tremendous support from her parents and as a result was able to deal with what happened to her in a healthy way, and two: it was not reported to the police. Why? Because the perp was her cousin, and her parents made the decision for her not to report it to the police, but to deal with it as a concentrated family unit. Anyone with a family can surely imagine how something like a rape allegation could blow a family apart, and have life long repercussions. Was it the right thing to do? Not our call. But what it means is this: Under new proposed law currently being touted around in the various facets of American government, had Mandy been of child bearing age (which, at 8, is possible) and conceived, she would not have been able to get a medically performed abortion unless a police report was filed. Since there are so, so many things totally and grossly wrong with that whole situation that we won’t even get into, because I am at work and really shouldn’t be writing this right now because WORK, I will jump more effectively to my point:
WHY AREN’T WE TALKING ABOUT THIS?! AS WOMEN AND MEN, AS FREE CITIZENS, AS NORTH AMERICANS, AS BELIEVERS IN EQUAL RIGHTS, AND AS DECENT HUMANS?!
Representative Mandy Wright’s disclosure and bravery yesterday has about 10,000 times fewer articles on the internet than the birth of the KimYe Thing. This is our world.
Mandy Wright facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RepMandyWright
Rachel Maddow segment on Rep. Wright’s story: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/26315908/ns/msnbc_tv-rachel_maddow_show/vp/52235822