Thursday, February 15, 2007

Snakes and a Plane

The AJC reports that today SB 66, the bill that requires a women seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound, cleared the senate committee chaired by Sen. Don Thomas, who curtailed debate on the language and details of the legislation, complaining that he had a plane to catch. Women's health is less important to him than his travel plans. At least we know where we stand.

This is an awful bill that serves no medical purpose whatsoever. The purpose of this legislation is to inflict emotional pain on women who choose to have an abortion. Consider (this is where the snakes come in) that three of the Senators: Sen. David Shafer (R-Duluth), Sen. Don Balfour (R-Snellville), and Sen. Judson Hill (R-Marietta) actually opposed an amendment that would have exempted victims of rape and incest from the requirement. They're a fine lot, aren't they? For their sake, I hope that no girl or women they care about (the assumption that they care about any female is a reach) is ever a victim of sexual violence.


Jenna said...

Good god. This just isn't an area for governmental regulation.

What about a bill requiring two hours of community service in an orphanage before a man can receive a Viagra prescription. That way they could observe the potential consequences of being turned loose with the extra fire power when they may not have the life expectancy to support any children that are conceived while on Viagra.

Wait, no that wouldn't happen because female legislators aren't that mean spirited and would focus on real issues like the Peachcare crisis, education, etc.

Amy Morton said...

Yes, I have said for a long time that we need a "Men's Right to Know Act." You know,a twenty-four hour waiting period for entrance into a strip club and mandantory counseling before a perscription for Viagra can be obtained. And, we should give pharmacists the right to refuse to fill such perscriptions on the grounds that they morally object. I also think that requiring said men to strip, have a photograph of themselves taken and giving them AND their partner the option to view it prior to sex would cut down on a lot of indescretions, especially for our lawmakers.

This could actually be a useful bill.

Kathy said...

Indiscretions, my foot! It might cut out sex entirely for a lot of them! The idea of middle aged men having to see what they look like naked could be construed as cruel and unusual punishment. Especially for the partners.