I’m not sure why we’re still having a debate over abortion in 2015. The Supreme Court ruled on this issue over forty years ago. The debate over whether or not a woman has the right to have an abortion is over – conservatives lost.
Yet here we are, still having to deal with this nonsense.
It all seems pretty simple to me: If you don’t agree with abortion, don’t have one.
Well, in what might be one of the most disgusting statements made by a Republican in quite some time pertaining to women’s rights, Virginia state Sen. Steve Martin (R) wrote on his Facebook page that a pregnant woman is nothing more than a “host” for the fetus. In other words, a pregnant woman essentially ceases to be a human being with her own rights; she’s relegated to nothing more than a vessel for the fetus inside of her.
“I don’t expect to be in the room or will I do anything to prevent you from obtaining a contraceptive,” Martin wrote. “However, once a child does exist in your womb, I’m not going to assume a right to kill it just because the child’s host (some refer to them as mothers) doesn’t want it.”
Martin quickly changed “host” to “bearer of the child,” though his point that a woman’s rights and body become secondary once pregnant still remained.
The stupidity of this man is astounding. But, sadly, this sort of attitude towards women’s rights is generally what I see from the vast majority of conservatives I encounter. They essentially want to treat pregnant women as nothing but incubators for fetuses, even though the Supreme Court ruled over 40 years ago that every woman in this country has the right to have control over her own body.
I think what baffles me most about Republicans is that they claim they’re so concerned with preventing abortions, yet they’re typically the party that opposes access to contraceptives and sex education classes for teens. You know, two things that would help prevent the leading cause of most abortions – unplanned pregnancies.
Not only that, but the GOP is the party that’s often aggressively pushing for cuts to social programs where the largest beneficiaries of these programs are impoverished children. Republicans love to try to exploit an unborn fetus for political gain, but couldn’t care less about that child once it’s born.
But whenever conservatives such as Martin make asinine remarks such as this, I just have to reference Roe v. Wade, because that’s the case that settled this argument decades ago. In my opinion, any law that seeks to restrict the rights of women that have been granted to them by our Constitution (and confirmed by our Supreme Court) should instantly be deemed as illegal and unconstitutional.
It’s comments such as these that continually make me laugh whenever Republicans attempt to claim that they’re the party for “Constitutional values.” Obviously, nothing could be further from the truth. The GOP continually proves time and time again that they have no problem violating the rights of millions of Americans if they disagree with those rights granted to them by our Constitution. And as history shows us, conservatives are almost always on the wrong side of it.
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