I am distraught and angered by the Utah Legislature’s pompous and punitive bill HB364 requiring women seeking an abortion to not only submit to a sonogram (as previously required), but the technician must now show her the video and make audible the fetal heartbeat.

Though this bill failed to reach a final vote, proponents promise to bring it up in future sessions. Add this horrifying bill to SB67 requiring the cremation or burial of all fetal remains following miscarriage or abortion. Cap off our misogynist legislative session with SB174, banning all elective abortions if the Supreme Court were to overturn Roe v. Wade.

This war against women must stop.

I reference now, Greek playwright Aristophanes who, disgusted with the on-going war between Athens and Sparta (431-404 BCE) penned his play, “Lysistrata.” First produced in 411 BCE, “Lysistrata” was Aristophanes’ commentary on the senseless destruction of the Peloponnesian War.

In the play, the women of Sparta and Athens, led by Lysistrata, come together in a strike against their warring men. Until the war was ended, the women pronounced, there would be no sex in either Athens or Sparta.

Women of Utah, hear this call. Men have made war against all of us, and we must fight back. Sexual power may be our keenest weapon. No birth control, no support for our children, less and less support for education, childcare, health care, no child support (in many cases), and no abortion.

OK, boys, no sex until these issues are resolved.

Nancy Rushforth, Orem