October 25, 2022
Have you been following the remarkable protests across Iran staged by valiant women who have had enough of repression? I stand and cheer them as they dance, pull off their hijabs and defiantly toss them into a fire. Their brave commitment to gender equality and liberty is an inspiration to women around the world. They will not be bent to the oppressive will of the “morality police"!
As an American woman who grew up believing my country would not only protect but expand the rights of women and LGBTQ+, I never thought the battles fought and won over 50 years ago by women standing against repression and oppression would have to be fought and won again. Just as the Iranian women and men demand their rights, American women and men must do the same now!
The American version of the morality police and their anti-women reign of terror can be found in the GOP-proposed laws that ban abortion. Given free rein by an unethically appointed and ideologically extreme Supreme Court, GOP-controlled states are on the attack. They’re criminalizing the right to choose, leading to women and caregivers being jailed. Texas leads the way by enacting a vigilante-style morality police — Arizona will follow shortly. GOP federal candidates all support a national abortion ban.
Incredibly, the American morality police will be deployed in medical facilities, libraries and public schools — after all, they can’t allow books or teachers to mention gender or race. If this doesn’t make your blood boil, you’re either not paying attention or you’re part of the problem.
Frederick Douglass said, “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty." Stop the morality police today! Vote for Democrats up and down ballot — your liberty and our democracy are at stake.