Written by Opinion Tuesday, October 23, 2012 03:01 pm
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To the editor:
This letter is about the real war on women.
Fourteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai clings to life after being targeted by the Pakistani Taliban for promoting girls' education. The Taliban have vowed to find her and finish the job. A 17-year-old Iraqi female was stoned to death because she loved a boy of the wrong religion.
Millions of women in Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and other places endure pain, degradation, and lifelong suffering from the FGM procedure. Many young girls face coerced marriage. Others suffer honor based violence or murder. Many young girls are victims of human trafficking. Millions of women live under brutal and oppressive regimes that truly violate human rights. They wake up each day and face the most extreme forms of discrimination. These are real examples of "war on women."
At the Democratic National Convention, a 30-something, Georgetown Law Center graduate insists that the Republicans have declared war on women. Sandra Fluke does not speak for me, nor for the many women who believe that we have been born in a country where we are blessed with abounding freedoms, opportunities, and privileges in all aspects of our lives.
Might I suggest that Sandra Fluke direct her passions to the real atrocities that occur against women in the aforementioned countries and stop whining about her reproductive rights being violated.
Just as Sandra Fluke does not speak for me, nor does Rush Limbaugh. The statements he made about Sandra Fluke were inappropriate, appalling, crude and offensive.
In closing, I would like to leave you with a quote from Oprah Winfrey. "After the hundreds of stories I've heard of atrocities around the globe, I know that if you're a woman born in the United States, you're one of the luckiest women in the world. Take your good fortune and lift your life to its highest calling. Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility."
Patricia M. Hodson
Egg Harbor Township