“Keep your Ovaries off my Rosaries”

I just received this by email.  I wish I had thought of it, but I’ll be happy to share some of the credit for spreading it around:

Doubtless you have heard the distasteful, yet pithy and memorable slogan of the pro-abortion crowd, which they use to dismiss religiously-based arguments against abortion and contraception: “Keep your Rosaries off my Ovaries.”

It seems to me that now the upper hand is on the other foot, to quote Lloyd Bridges.

Now those who loudly decry any impositions upon their consciences are trying with every fiber of their being to impose upon the consciences of others.

Mightn’t we loudly shout in reply:

“Keep your Ovaries off my Rosaries”?

It might be a stretch to shout this at President Obama, but there are plenty of other catholic pols who could benefit from such a phrase.

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  1. NoTambourines says:

    Me and my ovaries will offer today’s Rosary for the conversion of the pro-abortion activists, and all of my Facebook acquaintances doing a happy-dance over Komen. I have been reciting the Novena to St. Jude every night for, among other intentions, the conversion of those who seem (and proudly believe themselves to be) un-convertable.

    [Try the Maledictory Psalms.]

  2. Luvadoxi says:

    I actually thought this the other day!

  3. Rockanne says:

    Someone said this in the crowd near me at the Walk for Life West Coast 2012. Then a few others said it and we all giggled. Funny.

  4. Not suprized. I happened to do the National March for Life last year in Ottawa with 7 companions and there was this punk-dressed teen girl with a few similarly dressed friends who had a sign with that exact phrase. Misguided and angsty she was but I only saw her at a distance at the beginning of the March.

  5. Cathy says:

    Two years ago, at the pro-life march in Nebraska, I saw counter-protestors, a young woman and a young man, she carried a sign saying SEX EDUCATION SAVES LIVES, while he carried a KEEP YOUR ROSARIES OFF MY OVARIES sign. I couldn’t help but wonder, do they actually teach young men that they have ovaries?

  6. S. Murphy says:

    My preferred response, at least when the conversation is about funding/defunding Planned Barrenhood, is “Keep your Moloch-worship out of my wallet.”

  7. irishgirl says:

    S Murphy: ‘Keep your Moloch-worship out of my wallet’. That’s brilliant!
    Father Z: [Try the Maledictory Psalms]’. Ooo, that’s good too!
    I like this one: ‘May you get the camel’s itch!’
    (The Middle Eastern peoples have the most creative curses…..) ; )

  8. Um…no. I agree with the sentiment, but please…mentioning reproductive organs in public so blatantly just seems unseemly.

    If it’s PP we’re targeting, how about a sign saying STOP FUNDING RACISM and have the people with those signs handing out flyers describing PP’s racist history? Or take a page from the movie industry – “You wouldn’t fund the Ku Klux Klan. You wouldn’t vote for a Nazi. Planned Parenthood – Racism By Any Other Name”. Need material? Google the phrase “Planned Parenthood racist” for more.

  9. S. Murphy says:

    RebelKnight – I’ve read different things (by internet pundits, some seeming to be pretty well-read) saying different things about Margaret Sanger, and whether she was really programmatically racist, or whether she was casually racist in accepting the assumptions of her time, but would have been perfectly happy to let, say, Booker T. Washington and Frederick Douglas, and others perceived to be of the same calibre, have plenty of kids — but that it was the poor immigrants down the street who needed to stop… in other words, eugenicists yes, racist only insofar as she took for granted the consensus of the time that whites (well, maybe not those 20-children-having Irish) were superior, and that mental ability generally declined as skin color darkened.
    I know the argument can be made; but it can also be disputed, so I’m not sure using it is a sound tactic. I am agnostic at the moment on whether it’s true — if it really isn’t, then it’s dishonest to use it. It’s just that even if it is well-supported, it’s probably not definitive, and we don’t like seeing other people of about the same time (G.K. Chesterton, for example) dismissed as racist, when it’s not really a fair assessment.
    The people we’re arguing with are really pretty-well persuaded that women had it bad before contraception –lots of people dying in childbirth, people who really couldn’t physically handle another pregnancy getting pregnant, ‘husband couldn’t leave her alone’ + general belief that wives should submit… They’re not entirely wrong.
    Our response has to be that look, y’all, the other side of ‘wives obey…’ was always ‘husbands love…’ and , while people can still fail at both these things, modern medicine is pretty good at keeping women alive through pregnancy and childbirth, and modern NFP is pretty good at regulating family size, so why are are we polluting our water supply with artificial hormones, why is my tax money underwriting your … fornication, and why again, are we sacrificing children on the altar of a false conception of liberty?

    Irishgirl – thanks! By the way, I saw something similar to your ‘camel’s itch’ curse – it was ‘may the flees of 1000 camels infest your armpits’ in some article on ‘curses from around the world’ that I read back in…er.. 6th grade, I think. I think you’re right about Middle Eastern verbal flare for this kind of thing.

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