SALINA, Kan. - I will never understand why the women of Kansas (and sympathetic men) don't simply revolt -- or at least vote smarter.
When a drumbeat of letters to the editor oppose abortion. When most of those letter-writers are men. When women's private lives seem incessantly dragged into the public square. Why no revolt?
A more direct manifestation of men's apparent urge to control women's lives is seen in this year's tsunami of anti-abortion legislation.
A 72% male legislature (Kansas now has 46 women among 165 lawmakers, or 28 percent, down from 50 before our last election.), cheered on by a male anti-choice governor, thus has diverted attention from a wholesale gutting of public education and infrastructure. Of course, gender does not automatically predict attitude, but such statistics at least indicate a strong trend line.
The last I heard, no one has sought an abortion who wasn't a woman, and pregnant.