Thursday, October 5, 2006

Cool it, Jim

Let me start this post with a disclaimer. I do not generally repeat what I don't hear with my own ears, but this time, I am making an exception. I did not attend the realtors and homebuilders forum in Macon on Tuesday night, but several people who did commented, to me, about Rep. Jim Cole's remarks in response to a question about his position on abortion.

It appears that when talking about the (insulting and unnecessary) "Women's Right to Know Act" that provided for 24 hour waiting periods before a women can have an abortion, Jim may have referred to the 24 hours as a "cooling off period" for the women. If that's what he said, then we need to support Jim Cole's opposition so that he can have his very own "cooling off period."

This utterly sexist comment demonstrates how little Rep. Cole actually knows about women. The idea that women have abortions "on a whim" or in the "heat of the moment", as Cole's comment implies, is bogus. Over the years, in my professional practice, I have worked with many women of all ages who have struggled with the painful decision of whether to have an abortion. It's not a whim, Jim.

Cole's remarks are insulting and demeaning to women. He ought to apologize.