There's actually something refreshing about how emboldened right-wing Republican Christofascist zombies have become in their quest to turn American women into nothing but breeding machines. For decades, the fetophiles have succeeded in framing themselves as "pro-life" and "pro-women", feigning concern for the emotional problems they claim all women have after abortion (as if anyone is somehow entitled to make decisions based on what is right for them at the time); convincing far too many people that THEY are the righteous ones, even as they slash programs that might help women they would force to bear children against their will take care of the actual babies that result from forced childbearing. They used to even go so far as to say that those of us with the radical view that women are actual human beings are protectors of child molesters because legal abortion allows those who prey on young girls to hide the result of their crimes, as if forcing twelve-year-olds to walk around with pregnant bellies is somehow a badge of shame for the impregnator, rather than the impregnatee.
But as Congressional Republicans abandon all thought of job creation and resume their long-standing jihad against American women, particularly their sexuality, out in the hinterlands Teh Crazy is in full flower, and shows just what these people are
A law under consideration in South Dakota would expand the definition of "justifiable homicide" to include killings that are intended to prevent harm to a fetus—a move that could make it legal to kill doctors who perform abortions. The Republican-backed legislation, House Bill 1171, has passed out of committee on a nine-to-three party-line vote, and is expected to face a floor vote in the state's GOP-dominated House of Representatives soon.
The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Phil Jensen, a committed foe of abortion rights, alters the state's legal definition of justifiable homicide by adding language stating that a homicide is permissible if committed by a person "while resisting an attempt to harm" that person's unborn child or the unborn child of that person's spouse, partner, parent, or child. If the bill passes, it could in theory allow a woman's father, mother, son, daughter, or husband to kill anyone who tried to provide that woman an abortion—even if she wanted one.
Yes, folks, the so-called "pro-life" movement finally admits that its reverence for human life is highly selective. Yesterday I linked
to an article about a small survey which showed that men who are domestic abusers of women will often sabotage their partner's birth control in an attempt to have them become pregnant and therefore dependent (or otherwise linked to them in a permanent way). And now in South Dakota, Republican legislators would give these domestic abusers the right to go into a clinic with guns blazing in the name of killing the doctor who would dare usurp their right to keep their wives, partners, or daughters from exercising their own free will.
We hear over and over again that using the term "American Taliban" is unfairly inflammatory. Markos Moulitsas took a great deal of crap from even Bill Maher about the title of his recent book with that title. But when you have a movement in our very own country that would justify homicide against those who believe they have a right to help women make their own decisions, what else can you call these people?
Labels: abortion, Christofascist Zombie Brigade, just another outrage, womens rights