If you heard a loud noise and felt a thud coming from the west coast today, it’s probably because I had just finished laughing myself out of my chair and onto the floor. Why did I do this, you ask? Because I just got done watching Texas State Representative Jodie Laubenberg declare in 2007 that unborn babies for the first three months of development did not require medical attention because “they’re not born yet.” Now, I don’t normally find myself in a position to care about the words spoken by most state representatives, but what makes Rep. Laubenberg’s comment so great is that she’s been arguing until she’s blue in the face that her Draconian anti-abortion legislation should be passed into law because it protects the rights of, you guessed it, the unborn.
In case you’re bewildered by Laubenberg’s naked hypocrisy, let me clear it all up for you. She’s a Republican. No, I don’t mean that all Republicans are hypocrites. I mean that the bill that was being debated back in 2007 was about keeping poor pregnant women covered under Texas’ CHIP program, which provides access to health care for low-income families for their children and pregnant women. Laubenberg was entering an amendment to the bill funding CHIP that would make pregnant women wait three months to get benefits. So you see, it wasn’t about the right to life for the unborn children back in 2007, it was about the almighty dollar, and even when stacked up against the health and well-being of an expectant mother and her unborn child, the dollar wins.
It’s the same song dance it always is with Republicans on the abortion issue. They say it’s about sanctity of human life, and yet when the baby’s born they refuse to spend one dime making sure he or she has food, clothing, shelter and a good education. Apparently for them it’s about the sanctity of life, not the quality of it. They claim that they are only protecting the health of the mother when they write laws that end up closing down the clinics that low-income and uninsured women depend on for their health services. They claim all life is precious and then cheer every time they execute a criminal in Texas.
It’s about control, nothing else. By now the abortion process has been pretty well litigated. We all agreed to make them safe, legal and rare. We didn’t do so because we love infanticide. We did so because it’s not worth sending women to be butchered in back-alley procedures. We did it because it doesn’t make sense to put the rights of a life form that is wholly and completely dependent on its host above that of its host. It’s just nonsensical. It’s not that we’re cold, heartless baby killers on the left, we just don’t see the sense in telling the world that a fetus that does not have any chance of survival outside the mother’s womb has the same rights as the woman without whom the fetus would die almost immediately. It’s just science, it’s not personal.
Well, it’s personal to them. That’s why it’s easy for them to ignore the fetus when the issue at hand is government spending, but go completely off the rails when the issue is “at what point do the inherent rights of the host take precedent over the rights of the hosted?” That may sound like a cold way to look at the abortion debate, but I refuse to get sucked into the vortex of histrionics about it anymore. It’s a personal issue that should be left between a woman and her own heart and soul, full stop. Anything else is just a distraction and attempt to subjugate a gender by any means possible.
I don’t mean to sound so callous about Rep. Laubenberg’s clearly transient morality when it comes to the “sanctity of life.” It’s really a disgusting display of what her real priorities are; it’s just that I’m having a hard time being shocked by Republican hypocrisy on this issue anymore. We all know the real reasons these abortion laws are being proposed — it’s about controlling the female gender. No, that’s not a conspiracy theory; it’s the only non-theocratic, non-emotional reasoning I can find for them to still be writing this tripe in 2013.
Watch the hypocrisy from Rep. Laubenberg in the video below. Her comment is at about 4:35: