Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Oklahoma Legislature: Rape and Incest Victims Must be Tortured before Getting an Abortion

     We should pass a law mandating that all Americans, who voted for George W. Bush and who supported the invasion of Iraq, be sent to the villages and cities of Iraq, the schools and hospitals, where they are required to listen to the beating hearts and laughter of children, to speak to child and adult alike about their dreams and hopes for the future, and to live for a week with them.  Then, those that support the war and voted for Bush (especially those that voted for him the second time) will be handed guns, grenades, or the launch codes to bombs.  They will have to pull the trigger.

     Or how about this?  Those good Christians, who claim that God can forgive anyone who is repentant (unless they blaspheme the Holy Spirit) and still support the death penalty, should be mandated to be spiritual directors to those on death row.  They should be forced to sit in a room and listen to the words of criminals, who have come to conversion and found forgiveness in their Jesus.  Then, those supporting the death penalty are handed the lethal injection needle and shown the vein.

     Or how about this?  Those who support the current Republican filibuster blocking increased regulation of Wall Street, those who support the ability of multinational corporations to strip the middle and lower classes of their dwindling wealth, should be mandated to live with a family who's living on food stamps, to live homeless in the streets with someone who lost everything, and be forced to go without food, a bath, and a bed for a month, before they allow the rich to get richer off the backs of the poor.

     Or how about this?  Let's pass a law allowing the government, especially the President, to lie to the American public about matters of national security and terrorism, so that the President, who is doing his god's will, can get the public to accent to the invastion of another nation and the slaughter of thousands of non-Christian pagans....oh wait.  We don't need a law to let that happen.

    Here's the information on Oklahoma.  The New York Times reports:
     The Oklahoma Legislature voted Tuesday to override the governor’s vetoes of two abortion measures, one of which requires women to undergo an ultrasound and listen to a detailed description of the fetus before getting an abortion. Though other states have passed similar measures requiring women to have ultrasounds, Oklahoma’s law goes further, mandating that a doctor or technician set up the monitor so the woman can see it and describe the heart, limbs and organs of the fetus. No exceptions are made for rape and incest victims.
     A second measure passed into law on Tuesday prevents women who have had a disabled baby from suing a doctor for withholding information about birth defects while the child was in the womb. Opponents argue that the law will protect doctors who purposely mislead a woman to keep her from choosing an abortion. But the bill’s sponsors maintain that it merely prevents lawsuits by people who wish, in hindsight, that the doctor had counseled them to abort a disabled child.
     Gov. Brad Henry, a Democrat, vetoed both bills last week. The ultrasound law, he said, was flawed because it did not exempt rape and incest victims and would allow an unconstitutional intrusion into a woman’s privacy.  Of the other measure, Mr. Henry said, “It is unconscionable to grant a physician legal protection to mislead or misinform pregnant women in an effort to impose his or her personal beliefs on a patient.”
The Republican majorities in both houses, however, saw things differently. On Monday, the House voted overwhelmingly to override the vetoes, and the Senate followed suit on Tuesday morning, making the two measures law.
     Do I want abortions to happen?  Of course not.  But I'm also not a victim of rape or incest, who has my uncle/father/brother/grandpa/priest's sperm growing inside of me.  I can't make the decision for someone else as to whether they have an abortion. 

     The action of these Christians in Oklahoma is vindictive and hypocritical.  They are responsible for the estimated 100,000 civilian deaths that have taken place in Iraq, since their beloved George W. Bush invaded, after misleading the public.   But they would rather pick on victims of rape and incest, than face their own guilt in the murders of children and unborn children in faraway lands.

Image Credits:
Beginning Cheerleading by Y-Coach
Sooners are Bendy by PictureDepot
Oklahoma State Abs by Flickr