Weir Only Human
Cynthia Hawkins looks at the calendar and puts a circle around May 7. “That gives me only 3 more weeks to decide what I want to do with Tommy,” she whispers to herself. Her son is in the next room playing noisily with a set of multi-colored blocks, given to him by a friendly neighbor. “Keep it down in there before I whip your ass again!” she yells. The little boy puts down the toys and walks unsteadily to a corner of the room where he sits quietly. “Two years is not enough time for a mother to decide if she wants to keep her damn kids,” she mutters to herself bitterly. “We should have the right to get rid of them at any age,” she adds.
Cynthia is referring to a law passed a few years ago, entitled “Mothers’ 2-year Decision (M2D).” The law gives women the right to terminate the life of any child born to them, up to 2 years of age. The recent legislation came 5 years after mothers had been granted the right to kill a fetus anytime, up to and including minutes after it had been born. After winning the earlier victory, radical women’s groups began demanding more rights for those women who had carried a fetus to term and delivered it, yet, were only allowed to kill it during the first hour or so. “After giving birth, a woman needs more time to make that decision,” carped the President of “Planned Termination,” a national organization that sprung up quickly to expand the control women have over that which came from their bodies.
With conservative groups losing power throughout the country after the election of left wing extremist Rachel Morehouse, pro-life groups had become neutralized by accusations that they were trying to subjugate women and suppress their right to “ownership” of their bodies. “If a woman decides to donate an organ that comes from her body, she should have the same right to decide what to do with a baby that comes from her body,” barked President Morehouse, pounding her fist on the lectern. “Since mothers have the responsibility of raising kids, they should also have the right to do away with those rug rats if they no longer want the burden,” she added.
Meanwhile, the fathers of those children, most of whom complained that they should have some rights in those decisions, were warned that any opposition to the mothers could result in arrest and/or civil litigation. Ultimately, under Morehouse’s leadership, Democrats in the House and Senate passed M2D, while most Republicans, afraid of losing votes in their next election, either voted for it, or voted “present.” One GOP Senator was quoted as saying “Look, if we vote against this legislation, the media, along with Planned Termination will say we’re sexists or misanthropes. That type of criticism could be career-ending for us. Besides, there are a lot more important issues to deal with.” That view was echoed by a majority of men who had been figuratively castrated by the matriarchal society spreading across the nation.
Tommy Morehouse walked to the living room doorway and stood there with his thumb in his mouth. Cynthia was watching CNN news, but looked over toward him and frowned. “I guess you’re hungry again, huh?” she sighed, rolling her eyes. “I’ll tell you this young man; if you dirty your underwear again tonight, you won’t be getting any dinner tomorrow.” She took a jar of Gerber’s chicken and peas from the pantry and placed it in the microwave for 30 seconds. She dumped the heated contents into a small dish and handed it to her son. “Here!” she grumbled, placing a small spoon in the soggy mixture. “Don’t make a mess because I’ll make you clean it up yourself!” The diminutive figure sat on a small stool and eyed his mother sheepishly as he brought the food to his mouth.
His mom’s attention was suddenly attracted to a bulletin flashing across the TV screen. “President Morehouse, supported vigorously by Planned Termination, is urging Congress to make changes to the M2D bill. The nation’s first female Chief Executive said it’s time for that limited bill to reflect the serious challenges women are faced with in raising kids. Morehouse wants to amend that bill with a new title. It should become Mothers’ 10 year Decision, or M10D, she said to a cheering crowd of supporters.” Cynthia jumped to her feet, raising a clenched fist in victory. “You may have just gotten a reprieve for awhile,” she muttered under her breath as she looked over at the frail tyke, who was unaware that his life may have just been temporarily extended.
Bob Weir is a veteran of 20 years with the New York Police Dept. (NYPD), ten of which were performed in plainclothes undercover assignments. Bob began a writing career about 16 years ago and had his first book published in 1999. He also became a syndicated columnist under the title “Weir Only Human.”