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Protect Your Reproductive Rights – Incorporate Your Uterus!

Protect Your Reproductive Rights – Incorporate Your Uterus!

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!


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8:48PM PDT on Mar 20, 2012


8:29AM PDT on Jun 15, 2011

Sounds like a plan

5:31PM PDT on Apr 13, 2011

Mine is going to be known as The Susan O Uterus Company, Inc. Might even go with an LLC if there are better tax advantages, ROFLMAO!

1:50AM PDT on Apr 12, 2011

Love it! Great idea! Only in America, as they say, but fighting an idea with an idea is always far more positive. This will certainly be a new take on 'Corporate America'.

9:22AM PDT on Apr 9, 2011

Exploring these options is a great way to defeat the inhumane policies of the far right fanatics. The commentators refer to 'liberal wackos' but when a truism like the freedom of corporate interests above individual/human rights is thrust into the forefront of the discussion perhaps the public will start to realize where the conservative philosiphy is based.
The Chicagoan

4:42PM PDT on Apr 8, 2011

Thanks for this article, the writer and poster. Being born female should give us ownership rights, copyrights, corporation rights, or In-corporation rights, privacy rights, and in the millions of years, manufacturer/production rights. I'm not a lawyer, I just have looked at the history of many thousands of years. It is up to you to decide who owns your ovaries, uterus, vagina and breasts, mind. Also, your life and those of your children, should You decide to have them.

12:30PM PDT on Apr 8, 2011

Anna: The IRS gives corporations billions of dollars in tax refunds even when they never pay any taxes, so there might be a chance that the incorporation of your uterus may not cost you anything and if we women decide to incorporate our anatomy in the name of a religious sounding name, it might be easier. Something like, "Our Ladies of Divine Choice, Creation of a New Life in its Proper Time, or anything you think fits.

To bad that when the GOP yelled about taking our country back, it was to the obsolete theocratic rule of women being chattel and baby factories with no rights to decide what is best for themselves. For those who think that men are always right, take a good look around the world and see the mess that have made of it and then do you still think it is in the best interest of every living thing to continue to let men rule? Cutting all programs and wages for the working and poor classes of people wile rewarding the rich for nothing and then forcing women to become full time breeders to future children doomed to live a live of poverty as we have to make certain the rich and the corporations have it all and the working have nothing.

5:05AM PDT on Apr 8, 2011

All's well until the Repulicans announce that the government is nationalising corporations. Then where would you be?

3:43AM PDT on Apr 8, 2011

those corporations cheating their way are like wolves in sheep's clothing.

1:35AM PDT on Apr 8, 2011

Since it costs to incorporate a business, does it cost to incorporate my own body? If so, sounds like another tax. I don't mind paying taxes, but paying more because I'm a woman???

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