Two other female politicians have stepped up in the fight, along with State Senator Nina Turner (D. OH). As you will read in this story.
The other women are Senator Janet Howell (D-VA), who offered up bill that provided men who wished to get a Viagra prescription should get a rectal exam. Surprise, surprise, it failed.
State Rep Stacey Newman (D-MO) offered up a bill that said men could only get vasectomies if their lives depended on it.
Last week when I wrote about Nina Turner’s bill, I was excited as all get out to read about a bill that was as similarly ridiculous ones that are being passed all over the nation. But my heart fell flat when I began researching how far of a reach these bills have come.
I commend Turner, Howell and Newman for their efforts and I get what they are trying to do. I get it. I really do. But it’s not enough. Sarcasm, irony, jokes, these things get you airplay, but if the other bills are being passed and yours are just being laughed about and then failing, well, what good is it doing?
What disheartens me and scares the crap out of me about these various bill revisions, called “provisions,” is that they are gaining momentum. In a startling jump from 26 percent from 2010, in 2011, 68 percent of these provisions have been enacted. According to Guttmacher Institute:
Fully 68% of these new provisions—92 in 24 states—-restrict access to abortion services, a striking increase from last year, when 26% of new provisions restricted abortion. The 92 new abortion restrictions enacted in 2011 shattered the previous record of 34 adopted in 2005.
There are so many various forms of abortion restriction, it boggles the mind. If you want to get righteously pissed, or if you simply want to find out how far-reaching this is, I highly recommend that you read further and then go to your own state’s website and dig around.
What’s freaky to me about all of this is that it’s limiting choice and freedom for women. People quote religious freedom in this debate. It’s in the Constitution. So is life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is that fucking simple folks. These bills take away women’s liberty.
Whatever your beliefs, do you have the right to impose them on other people? It’s not about murder, because if it was, the God-fearing Christians in my very own state of Texas would be complaining about the state-sanctioned murders we perform every year through the death penalty.
The very same Biblical quote, “Thou shalt not kill” applies to fetuses, but not living human beings?
Oh, but they deserve to die for their sins, we say.
Does God not say that we should not judge others, so that we should not be judged?
Does Jesus not preach tolerance, compassion and understanding?
I’m not a Christian, but I grew up surrounded by them. I know the Bible, although I may be a bit rusty, I know what I know. And this restriction on the female populace is just not right.
I’m not a big fan of abortion. I truly am not. But punitive measures are not the answer. Women should not be vilified because they are faced with a terrifying decision and choose to enact something that is against someone else’s beliefs.
If we are truly a nation filled with Christians, should we not find another way to spread good works by finding positive solutions and embrace compassion and love, like the Bible says?
And if we can’t do that, then I say we go with the ideas of Turner, Howell, and Newman, and start limiting men’s reproductive choices. If the GOP wants more babies born, then let’s discuss how much seed is spilled during masturbation, just for starters.