Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Liz Stratton Blog #1--TVUS

Liz A. Stratton is the host of Spare Me!, a daytime talk show, and the Presidential Candidate for the Women’s Action Party. (She’s also fictional, but don’t tell her that!)

Follow Liz’s adventures in the novel  Liz A. Stratton Closes the Store, and keep watching this blog for Liz’s posts (they will be listed in the sidebar). 

Dear Reader--

My esteemed biographer, Maren Bradley Anderson, has asked me to write a series of blog posts in order to promote our book Liz A. Stratton Closes the Store, and my campaign for President of the United States!

I said, "That sounds like fun! Let's do it!" Then she gave me a deadline, and I said, "Oh, really? Okay." 

I think a brief introduction is in order for those of you who don't know me. My day job is as the host of Spare Me!, a very popular talk show. This year, though, my best friend and head of the Women's Action Party convinced me to run for President of the United States. I'm still amazed that I agreed to this crazy adventure, but I’m loving it!

So, here it is, my first campaign blog post! 

I’ve only just announced my candidacy. I will go into our talking points in great detail in later posts—stay tuned for my views on the glass ceiling, freedom for the uteri, and ending the war in Mesopotamianstan—but for now I want to talk about a serious issue and one woman’s successful effort to stop it. 

The Virginia State Legistlature has approved a bill which requires a woman to have an ultrasound before she could have an abortion. Previous versions of the bill stated that she might have a transvaginal  or abdominal ultrasound, and the woman would not be “given a choice” as to which was used. Sometimes transvaginal ultrasound is necessary to detect early pregnancies.  

So why legislate the use of ultrasounds? This was clearly an effort to put one more invasive obstacle between a woman and her legal right to decide if and when she wants to bear children (although this assumption may be misguided).

The good news is that the section about the transvaginal ultrasound was removed in part because of Rep. David Albo’s wife, who refused to have sex with him—for one night—after watching a television segment about the bill. Don’t believe me? He told the whole story to the House of Delegates. In short, he was trying to “put the moves” on his wife when a news story about the bill came on the television. His wife suddenly turned to him and said, “I have to go to bed,” and left him on the couch.  

He changed the wording on the bill the next day. 

Ladies, if one senator’s wife can change a bill by getting a headache for one night, imagine what might happen if all women in the country were to band together for a common cause? 

Just imagine. 

Liz A. Stratton

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