You find them everywhere, even in President Obama’s home state, Republicans who will stoop to anything to treat women like breeding stock. I suppose Rep. Darlene Senger, R-Naperville is just a bit more honest than most (which is not saying much). The Chicago Tribune reports that Ms. Senger submitted a bill – anti-abortion legislation mind, which would require clinics that perform more than 50 abortions a year to meet the same regulatory requirements as other medical outpatient surgery clinics – to the House Agriculture and Conservation Committee.
Yes. An anti-abortion bill submitted to the House Agriculture and Conservation Committee.
Why, you ask?
Because the agriculture committee is dominated by conservative downstate Democrats and Republicans.
And guess what? They passed it: unanimously.
Colleen Connell, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois and other opponents wore T-shirts that said “Women are not livestock,” but that obvious fact wasn’t enough to stop the agriculture committee from ruling against them.
Women, after all, are only breeding stock. I suppose they figure, why not call a spade a spade? Maybe they will legislate against shoes in the kitchen next and put limits on periods of non-pregnancy in order to keep the progeny popping out at a suitable rate. Animal breeding is, after all, controlled.
Of course, you won’t be able to choose your sperm donor.
Since the Republicans are the ones who want to screw women over, we can guess that those sperm donors will be Republicans. Ever wonder when the first Patriot Woman’s Breeding Crèche™ will be opened for business? I bet Newt Gingrich will be the first donor, given how much he loves his country.
Somebody needs to tell Newt and men like him that he can love his country, but he can’t looooooooove his country, if you smell what I’m cooking.
Colleen Connell warns that many abortion clinics in Illinois will be forced to close their doors if they can’t afford to upgrade within the three-year time limit in the legislation.
“They put it in this committee so they could try to ram it on to the floor of the General Assembly and hope that nobody was paying attention to the real health consequences of this. So I think that we ought to be calling, ‘Shame, shame, shame,’ on Rep. Senger and the members of the Agriculture Committee, who may have expertise in regulating muskrats and fertilizer and heifers and road kill, but women I respectfully submit are not livestock.”
Senger insists she doesn’t know why the bill was assigned to the agriculture committee but Steve Brown, spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, said the legislation went to the committee at Senger’s request. When asked if the bill went there because of the committee’s ideological stance on women’s reproductive rights (that women don’t have any), Senger said “I couldn’t comment on that.”
No, I’m certain you could comment, Ms. Senger, if you were honest. But you’re not. Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago says that the bill should have gone to Health Care Availability Access Committee.
Sounds like a no-brainer, but that’s the problem with the Republican Party all around this once-great nation of ours: no brains.
Throw in a lack of integrity and no sense of shame as well.
It seems beyond sad to me that in the year 2011 we should have to start a campaign saying that “Women are People Too” or that “Women are not Livestock” but the Republicans continue to sink further into the muck than even we disabused liberals can imagine in our worst nightmares. How they can continually surpass our worst expectations is a mystery. But they manage it.
I can’t predict what will be next. I’ve tried to offer a few guesses here but my own honest opinion is that I’m being overly optimistic.