Really! I'm as nervous as a pregnant nun in church and can't even think about the election on Tuesday, much less expound on it in any meaningful way. Just the thought of another cold, lying, dishonest, sociopath sitting in the White House scares me pea green and pop-eyed and causes me to spiral downward into the pits of hell.
Perhaps even worse is the thought of a bunch of astonishingly ignorant, condescending, paternalistic old farts defining rape and dictating what grown women and young girls can and cannot do to their bodies. Since I'm practically catatonic at this point, let me introduce you to Chris, a prosecuting attorney who steps away from her usual subject matter on her delightful blog, The Dead Authors Club, to offer her perspective on Fetal Personhood and Criminalizing Abortion.
. . . I’ve been watching a lot of Republican candidates for federal office saying a lot of stuff about pregnancy and rape, and pregnancies resulting from rape, over the last several weeks, and I am simply unable to keep my mouth shut any longer. Because as all of my friends know, I’ve been prosecuting rape, child abuse and homicide for over a decade and a half, and this is a subject that I happen to know quite a lot about. And I am deeply disturbed by the personhood movement, by the idea that there should be specified exceptions to a blanket criminalization of abortion, and by the fact that the group of mostly men propounding this policy seem to have absolutely no FREAKING idea what they are actually trying to do here. . .That's just the beginning. It gets even better, if possible, and ends with this rallying cry:
. . . one more thing. Stop with the pandering bullshit about “small government.” Because no person who seeks to require government officials to be involved in litigation over the fertility of the uteruses of all of the women who reside in their jurisdictions can credibly claim to be a proponent of small government.Between the beginning and the end is a whole hell of a lot that I imagine most of us lay people -- as well intentioned as we might be -- haven't even thought about. This is an extremely profound article that should resonate with anyone who has one ounce of humanity.