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I Have a Say: Woman’s Bill of Rights

When the HHS mandate came out, I got mad. Then came Cecile Richards and Planned Parenthood claiming they spoke for all women. Well, I have a say. I say we need a Woman’s Bill of Rights. Here’s my version. Feel free to add to it in the comments!

Woman’s Bill of Rights

 

I have the right to worship God, go to church and live my faith, without persecution.

I have the right to pass on my faith to my children without the government telling me I can’t.

I have the right to defend my family, with words or actions, without fear of reprisal.

I have the right to teach my children right from wrong.

I have the right to disagree with someone on lifestyle, politics or religion without being verbally assaulted.

I have the right to breastfeed my baby because it’s the best thing for him/her.

I have the right to pump milk at work without fear of being fired because it’s what’s best for my family.

I have the right to stay home and care for my husband and kids without being called lazy or less of a woman.

I have the right to educate my children the best way I know how; be it homeschool, private school, or public school.

I have the right to be educated, and be a mother, without being forced to choose one over the other.

I have the right to have life in my womb, without being told that motherhood makes me less of a woman.

I have the right to pray in public without being shouted at.

I have the right to say God in the pledge of allegiance.

I have the right to have as many, or as few, children as I want without comments from strangers. It’s my body and my choice after all.

I have the right to say where my hard-earned tax money goes.

I have the right to work for what I have and to keep it.

I have the right to refuse what the government thinks is best for me and my family.

I have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, without the government telling me that I don’t know what I’m doing.

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Fair isn’t always Equal

Before I became a stay-at-home mom, I was a middle school teacher.  At the beginning of every year, as we went through teacher training, our principal would tell us that “being fair isn’t always equal”.  What did THAT mean?  It took me awhile to get it.  I think fairness and equality are easily confused nowadays.  The definition of equal is “alike in quantity, degree or value”.  We believe as Catholics, and it’s stated in the Declaration of Independence, that all men are created equal by God. All of us have the same value in God’s eyes, whether it is a child in the womb, the elderly person in the nursing home, or the homeless guy on the street.  We all have value (i.e. meaning or purpose).  Each of us was created for a reason.

The definition of fair is “free from bias, dishonesty or injustice”. We are all treated fairly by God even though it doesn’t always seem that way.  Its easy to say “God must like John better because he has more money than I do”, or “Susie seems to have it all together her family is perfect”.  How many times do we sit in Mass and stare at the family with the perfectly behaved children and think, “Wow, they really have it together!”  We all do it, its part of our human nature.  What we don’t see is the crosses God gives to everyone.  None of us share the exact same burden-that would be equal but not fair.  God gives us what we can handle, according to our gifts and talents.  That’s fair, but not equal.  God values us and wants all of us to get to our Heavenly reward.  He molds and shapes us to become what we’re meant to be.  He is our Father after all, and he’s doing exactly what a good parent should.