Normally this wouldn’t be a story I would give a great deal of attention to, except it’s so bizarre that I couldn’t resist. I’m not even sure calling it “bizarre” does it justice.
We all know radical anti-abortion groups can be a little unhinged – that’s nothing new. But a leading anti-abortion group, Kansas for Life, has taken things to a whole other level of insanity by sending out a questionnaire to state lawmakers asking them whether or not they opposed the possibility of human-animal hybrids.
No, I’m not joking.
From the Kansas City Star:
A questionnaire that KFL’s political action committee sent out to legislative candidates this month asks candidates whether they oppose human cloning and the creation of human-animal hybrids, which the group refers to as chimeras.
The questionnaire is a way to show candidates “the range of the kinds of things that the pro-life movement is interested in,” said Kathy Ostrowski, the group’s legislative director.
That includes cloning and genetic research that uses cells from more than one species. “Am I aware of it happening (in Kansas)? At this moment, no. But does that mean it’s not happening somewhere? I can’t tell you that,” she said.
I – don’t even know what to say to that, quite honestly.
This is why I struggle to take some of these folks seriously. If you want to have a debate over when “life” technically exists, okay, that’s at least a rational debate which I don’t mind having. I may disagree with anti-abortion advocates on where they stand on that issue, but I can at least recognize that there’s a valid reason for having that sort of debate.
The problem is, many of these radical anti-abortion groups go well beyond anything resembling a rational debate.
I’m in my mid-30’s and, at no time in my existence as someone who supports a woman’s right to have control over her own body, have I ever thought, “Hmm, you know what might be really cool? A cat person!”
Those are the types of “concerns” the legislative director of the state’s leading anti-abortion group worried about to such an extent that she developed a questionnaire for lawmakers to find out where they stood on human/animal hybrids. It’s weird enough to even discuss such a thing in private amongst yourselves, but to actually be so concerned about it that you would want to know where lawmakers stood on an issue that’s essentially the plot to The Island of Dr. Moreau is absolutely insane.
Again, this is why it’s so difficult to take these folks seriously. Those of us on the left are trying to have an actual adult debate about women’s rights, abortion and the whole process of reproduction in general – with people who are so unhinged about this whole subject that they’re literally worried about possible animal/human hybrids becoming a reality one day.
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