You know how you can tell that Republicans have lost the economic argument? They won’t stop trying to hop back into bed with the women of America. It seems like every day now I’m reading stories about strict new anti-abortion laws being passed by state legislatures in clandestine, “special” sessions. Why are state legislatures in Texas, Ohio and North Carolina holding special sessions to get their laws passed instead of doing it in broad daylight? Because they know what they’re doing is a) unconstitutional and b) extremely unpopular except to the most zealous of zealots. Do you think if their economic theories were any good that we’d be seeing so many naked attempts to subjugate women?
Before I get too into this, I just want to point out the double-whammy of stupidity in this new North Carolina bill. Not only is completely unconstitutional per Roe, it’s also piggybacked onto a wholly unnecessary and stupid law. Anti-Sharia Law? Really North Carolina? Did you not f**king read the First Amendment of the Constitution? The First Amendment clearly establishes that no state-sponsored religion shall be tolerated. So what exactly is the purpose of doubling-down on that by singling out Sharia Law? The irony of course is that their anti-abortion stance is based in religion, and therefore is just our own, Americanized version of Sharia Law.
The mouth-breathing far-right extremists in North Carolina’s Republican Party are the latest to huddle together in a special session of their legislature to pass a strict anti-abortion law in the cover of night. Last night they voted on a purely party line vote to augment their state’s already extremely strict abortion laws and force facilities that perform abortions to such high-standards that only one clinic in the entire state meets those standards. So basically when this bill is signed into law, anyone seeking an abortion will have to go to the state’s one clinic that can lawfully perform the services. What happens if they’re fully booked and you’re carrying a rapist’s baby? Well, sorry, rape victim, you’ll just have to wait for an opening. That’s if they don’t find a way to shut down that clinic either.
North Carolina isn’t original in their misogyny either. Pro-women’s rights forces are waging a bitter battle with the knuckle dragging simpletons in their state over a very similar measure that would shutter all but five of the Lone Star State’s abortion clinics. It appears that the conservatives all got together at Heritage Foundation or Ralph Reed’s Consortium of Fascist Theocratic Assholes and decided the best way to subvert Roe V. Wade and disenfranchise women all over the country was to simply set the new cut off for abortions at twenty weeks, at least half a month or more away from medical viability (the old and most accepted standard set by the Supreme Court in a 7-2 decision forty years ago) and to put such insanely unnecessary new restrictions and standards on abortion clinics that would force prohibitively expensive retrofitting or just, you know, close their doors.
Remember this everyone, remember this when women start dying in back alley botched abortions, or when girls start sneaking over the state and international borders to get their abortions performed. This is the social engineering that conservatives want to accomplish. They want victims of rape and incest and to suffer not just the attack and the devastating mental and psychological impact of it, but on the off-chance that Hell is visited upon the victim twice and she’s impregnated by her assailant they want her to suffer again by carrying that rapist’s baby to full term.
They don’t want to have the real, tough conversations about abortion. They don’t want to talk about rape victims. That’s why the sputter and stammer all over themselves. They can’t just openly tell a reporter, “Yeah, I’m pretty much a pro-corporate sociopath and the last thing I think about when writing laws are the women that’ll actually be impacted by them.” So instead they talk about rape kits cleaning out women after attacks.
They talk about “shutting that whole thing down” with magic anti-sperm antibodies that women apparently have according to old, white, male conservative doctors. They certainly don’t want to discuss the true crux of the abortion issue — not the starting point of human life, but the starting point of human life that takes precedence over the already fully developed, living and breathing human being carrying the fetus or zygote inside of her. So instead of having adult conversations, they clutch their bibles and pearl string and repress the s**t out of women in their states.
Let’s say you take the abortion element out of it, and look at the story strictly from the standpoint of a legislative body essentially shutting out debate, shutting out the democratic process and passing new laws without any input from the public or the opposing party. Imagine the outrage if Democrats in the blue states started passing laws in the middle of the night that made every woman have to get an abortion once in her life time, just so she could feel what it was like? That might sound preposterous to you, but I submit to you this question — is it any more preposterous than forcing a woman to have a probe shoved up inside her vagina against her will to show her the barely-formed zygote in her body that she’s not willing or able to take care of as a full-grown baby? I didn’t think so.
Wake up, red states. Sharia law, American Style, is coming your way.