This is not a rhetorical question.
Really, am I conscious? It would make more sense if I was stuck in some 1950's, backwoods, deliverance nightmare. With toothless morons, speaking through a sprig of hay sticking out of their mouths, running Congress. In jean overalls.
But these guys aren't in jean overalls. They are in suits. Ill-fitting ones, but suits nonetheless. The stuff that is spewing forth from their lips is making me want to arm myself.
HB954. It's a new bill being proposed in Georgia that would make it illegal to obtain an abortion after 20 weeks, even if the woman is known to be carrying a stillborn fetus, or one that is otherwise not expected to live to term.
|Can you believe we have to do this all over again?|
State Representative Terry England was speaking in favor of HB954. Here is a transcript of the ridiculous nonsense that came out of this guy's mouth when he was pitching it. This is real. I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried.
Life gives us many experiences... I've had the experience of delivering calves, dead and alive. Delivering pigs, dead and alive... It breaks our hearts to see those animals not make it. A few years ago I had a young man come to me in our store. It was when we were debating, talking about dog and hog hunting, I believe. And at that point there was some language inserted in there that dealt with chicken fighting. The young man called me to the side and he said, 'I wanna tell you one thing' and ya'll this is salt to the earth people I am talking about. Someone who I would never, in a hundred years expected to tell me what he told me that day. He said 'Mr. Terry I want to tell you something. You tell those folks down there, when they quit killing babies, they can have every chicken I've got.'
Excuse me Representative England, but, WHAT IN THE BLOODY FUCK, ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? Seriously, are you stoned? Or just really, really stupid?
First, don't compare women to cows and pigs- ever. And do not compare a woman- who has to go through the heartbreak and horror of carrying and terminating the pregnancy of a stillborn fetus- to a pregnant barnyard animal. Not the same thing. Do you understand at all why it's not the same thing? Let me try to break it down for you; one is a hoofed animal that rolls around in shit all day. The other one is your mother. Are you understanding the difference, now?
Second, why in the hell is the opinion of a "salt to the earth" cockfighter showing up in one of your speeches to lawmakers? Isn't cockfighting illegal? This guy traffics in having barnyard animals- which you seem to have such a deep, heartfelt sympathy for- peck each other to death. We care about his opinion, why? At the risk of sounding redundant, I must ask, are you stoned?
What in the hell is going on? Why are we having these conversations? Well, to be fair, we aren't having them- old, white, republican men like this guy are. Didn't our mothers and aunts fight their asses off, burn their bras, and take to the streets so we wouldn't even have to hear this type of dialogue again? Why are we regressing- so fast- back to a time when women didn't have a voice, or a say in what happened with their bodies?
Ladies, it's time to get angry. Really, fucking angry. States like Georgia, Virginia, Texas and Tennessee that are having small daily victories in the war against women, are chipping away at our collective strength. Speak up, write letters, get mad. Spread the word. Stop the insanity.
One last point, and my rant is done. We should all stop using their terminology. It's not "Pro-Life." It's "Anti-Choice." Let's not do their PR for them.
Sign petition against HB954 here.
Sign petition against Virginia's "Personhood" bill here.
Sign the pledge to trust Texas Women here.