If any of the personhood initiatives at play in as many as 11 states this year pass, a fertilized egg would be granted full Constitutional rights. But the woman whose body contains that egg might lose her right to legal abortion (no matter the circumstances) and hormonal birth control. Couples who cannot conceive could lose the right to in vitro fertilization. Those hoping for better treatment of diseases might lose the great promise of stem-cell research. All in the name of controlling a woman’s body and her reproductive life.
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Susan Rubin’s writing talents range broad and deep. She has written 25 documentaries on topics like domestic violence, early and forced marriage, untested rape kits and women’s reproductive rights and other feminist subjects and a series of videos for the Feminist Majority
on issues like the killing of abortion doctors and the rise of violence against women. But the brutal truths of this work were balanced by Funny or Die sketches that have survived to amuse readers for nearly a decade and the comedy, magic, music, and surrealism of her original plays produced by Indecent Exposure Theater Company
. Susan's first novel, The Road Not Taken,
comes out in September. You can follow her blog
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