You may have heard about the brouhaha that resulted when a Democrat in the Florida state legislature, Rep. Scott Randolph, suggested that his wife “incorporate her uterus” so that Republicans would stop their relentless attacks on abortion rights. The logic here, of course, is that Republicans would never permit similar regulation for Florida businesses.
Randolph was reprimanded by the Republican leadership, who told him that “inappropriate language” was a breach of decorum (it is as, Randolph pointed out, a sad commentary on the state of sex education in Florida if “uterus” constitutes “inappropriate language,” but that’s a conversation for another day).
Randolph’s comment inspired the Florida American Civil Liberties Union to launch a website, called “Incorporate My Uterus,” which allows women to fill out and print a certificate which reads, “When a corporation has more protections than a woman, the best way to keep lawmakers out of your business is to be your own business.” Maybe then, the site description continues, “your uterus can get the same treatment corporations get – fewer rules, fewer government searches and more personal freedoms.”
This may seem like a joke – but in fact it’s a clever take on a real and serious problem. Republicans do seem to be far more concerned with corporations’ rights than women’s rights, and this shows – through parody – the horrible lengths to which abortion restrictions are being taken on a state level.
New Alabama personhood legislation, which I covered last week, might inadvertently redefine corporate personhood, in addition to severely restricting abortion access if not banning abortion outright. It will be interesting to see how the Alabama business community reacts to this news – and whether Republican politicians will be brazen enough to place corporations’ rights above those of female citizens.
So go for it – “incorporate” your uterus on the ACLU’s website and tell politicians to give you the basic rights that they so freely dispense to corporations. Soon, men will be able to incorporate an honorary uterus too!
Photo from IncorporateMyUterus.com.