KOB4 reports that a legislative committee in New Mexico has voted on a second abortion-related bill; this bill requires minors notify parents within 48 hours before ending a pregnancy. The first came hours before, and it bans late-term abortions — that is, after five months’ gestation, and if the doctor determines the fetus is viable.
Voting 4-3 Friday, with the Republicans in the majority, the New Mexico House Regulatory and Public Affairs Committee confirmed the legislation.
Supporters say that the legislation will bring New Mexico in line with 42 other states. The committee listened to over 100 separate speakers, including Rachel Riley, who helped to defeat a similar ballot measure. Riley told the committee that she needed an emergency abortion because “I nearly bled to death in front of my partner and my daughter,” and that, “If there was a religious exemption, I would have died and my daughter would have no mother,”
Of course, the religious right doesn’t care about these stories. She should’ve died as far as they’re concerned; if you’re not a “pre-born baby,” you’re a “pre-dead corpse” to them. Representative Yvette Herrell touted her anti-woman bill, saying that “We have an opportunity to speak for the unborn” and “To me, this is not a choice.” The anti-choice advocates love saying that they speak for the “voiceless,” because let’s face it, nothing is a better feeling than being drunk on self-righteousness, even as you’re stripping the voice from other people.
Bills like the second one are extremely bothering to me. Our society already pretends that children are property of their parents and not humans in their own rights. We hear about “parental rights” all the time, but it’s like work ethic: just like “pay ethic” is missing, so too is “children’s rights.” Imagine the sort of danger the second bill puts young girls who are sexually abused by family members or guardians in. I’d expect nothing more from this pack of indignant, overly-aggressive and belligerent turkeys, but that they’re willing to throw people who already exist under the bus for an abstract entity they consider a child is made more troubling when you realize the people they’re throwing under the bus are essentially children themselves.
And yes, I know about “lying teenagers” and all that. Whatever. Here’s a thought: if your child is lying to you, it’s because they learned at an early age they couldn’t trust you with the truth. Maybe if you didn’t pretend you were Kim Jong Il or Joesph Stalin and your household was North Korea or the Soviet Union, you could actually have a rapport with your child, and they could trust you.
Just a thought, from someone with a degree that resembles child psychology.