On the Natch

Baby Boomer, Grrrrandma, Urban Goddess
MARCH 12, 2012 7:00PM

If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.

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The Pill - by Matt McGinn - 1968 

"I wed when I was seventeen,

I hadnae many brains,

Says I, "the very thing to do

Is fill the hoose with weans,"

But when I got the room full,

I went tae see the priest,

Tae tell him my man Wullie,

was behavin' like a beast!"

The Pill, the Pill, I'm pining for the Pill,

I'll never have any more because

They're going to bless the pill . . . "

My Uncle Matt McGinn wrote that song back in the 1960s, and the Catholic Church was just as big a chunk of chewing gum in the wheels of progress then as it is now.  It's probably a good thing for the Church he didn't live to see the Paedophile Priest scandals; the church's oppression of women was one thing, but its spiritual and physical abuse of children would have been more than he could stand!

Uncle Matt and my mother were only two of nine McGinn kids that survived their Glasgow Calton childhood; my grannie spent most of her life pregnant or nursing "weans." Here's what she told my mother, and what my mother told me: "If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament!"

I think that about sums it up.

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wouldn't it be nice if it was that simple
amen to that - love the poem and, as a Cavanaugh, the Irish dialect.
True that. Since many of these religious extremists think of sex as being for procreation only, I wonder if they would speak out against men "of a certain age" taking viagra. After all, if you're done having kids, there should be no need right?
Thanks, all. Bluestocking babe, perhaps the religious extremists are in favor of men procreating as long as they're able to, even if their delivery systems need a "boost!"
drive thru....
yes, like the Viagra strummin' banjo guys.
It would be explicitly protected as its own constitutional amendment. And bsb makes a good point about Viagra.
Great song! And so true about the Church scandals....