You probably remember Nevada Republican Sharron Angle’s rape lemonade. Angle claimed that “two wrongs don’t make a right” and insisted that she told young victims she had counseled to look for alternatives to abortion, “And they found that they had made what was really a lemon situation into lemonade.” It is Angle’s opinion that women should have no control over their reproductive systems even in cases of rape and incest because it would interfere with God’s plan.
Because nobody likes raping young girls like God, right Sharron?
Angle may have been defeated, Nevada women safe (at least temporarily) but if Idaho Republicans have their way, rape lemonade will be the only remedy to pregnancies caused by rape in that state.
The Idaho House on Tuesday passed Senate Bill 1165 on a 54-14 vote, which bans abortion after 20 weeks on grounds of fetal pain (something legislators in 12 other states — Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico and Oregon — are considering). But SB 1165 is particularly pernicious in that it includes no exceptions for rape, incest, severe fetal abnormality or the mental or psychological health of the mother.
The only way a woman can get an abortion is if the pregnancy threatens her life or physical health. For Republicans, rape is no excuse. Though of course for Republicans, rape is increasingly not even rape.
The justification for their insane position, you ask?
The bill’s House sponsor state Rep. Brent Crane, R-Nampa, who claims to be fighting for your family, freedoms, and finances, told legislators that the “hand of the Almighty” was at work. “His ways are higher than our ways.” Echoing Angle, the equally crazed Crane said. “He has the ability to take difficult, tragic, horrific circumstances and then turn them into wonderful examples.
Yes. the god of Republican Christofascism is a rapist.
Disingenuously, Rep. Shannon McMillan, R-Silverton says, “Is not the child of that rape or incest also a victim?” asked “It didn’t ask to be here. It was here under violent circumstances perhaps, but that was through no fault of its own.”[…]
Of course, the women raped didn’t ask to be raped, whatever Republican spin says on that issue. And they’re the real victims in this, being, after all, the ones who were raped.
It is difficult to believe the law will stand. Even Idaho’s attorney general has twice ruled that it is unconstitutional as it violates Roe v. Wade. Despite having failed before to impose Christofascists nonsense on the women of their state, Republicans in Idaho are determined to run the legal gauntlet to get it done in 2011.
Credit to them, all 13 of Idaho’s House Democrats voted against the bill. One Republican voted against it as well: Rep. Tom Trail, R-Moscow. The Spokesman reports that
State Rep. John Rusche, D-Lewiston, said the bill would force parents of infants with severe deformities who won’t survive to carry the pregnancy to term, rather than letting them decide how to react to the situation on their own. “These diagnoses were made right at about 20 weeks,” said Rusche, a pediatrician who has handled three such cases. “To knowingly force someone to carry a baby to term when they know it’s not going to survive I think is cruel.”
Gov. Butch Otter, a Republican, is of course expected to sign the bill into law. The Republicans despite their easy success so far, expect problems down the road, as they have shown the foresight to include in the bill itself provisions to establish a legal defense fund that could accept donations.
And there goes more money that could be better spent elsewhere to combat some of the real problems facing the United States generally and individually states specifically, all for a moral cause that is a violation of the Constitution and in all likelihood, nothing most Idahoans want. That, folks, is the modern Republican Party for you: take away your rights, and then make you pay not only the physical and spiritual cost, but the financial cost as well.Historically, Catholic women had Mary in whom to seek solace from a male dominated and misogynist world and church hierarchy. Protestant women don’t have Mary. They get co-opted haters like Phyllis Schlafly, self-haters like even the Nazi Party could not produce, or bobble-heads like Christine O’Donnell and Sharron Angle. Pagans had and still have their goddesses like Isis and Freyja (for whom Mary was a surrogate), and Jewish women before the monotheistic revolution of the 7th century B.C.E. had Asherah, a strong, avenging, “don’t f**k with me” sort of figure.
Women have never been in greater need of a strong “don’t f**k with me” figure. Because in modern fundamentalist Christianity, women have no defender. Not the men. Even their own god – a colonialist Jesus – stands against them, not only not protecting them but raping them, not just physically but spiritually, and then raping them again financially, reinforcing a vile and shameless hatred turned against them by men who have never forgiven that women were given the right to vote.
Who will defend women today from this misogynist revolution? Who has the balls to speak up? Anyone? Anyone? We talk about skewed Republican priorities? Let’s try getting our own in order. There are a great many causes, but not all causes are equal. Stop worrying about some threatened species of snail for a few moments and think about what’s truly important: your mothers, your sisters, and your daughters, and their present, but far more importantly, their future. If they’re to have one, you will have to grow some balls and make it happen. And women? When your religion has been turned into a phallic symbol to rape you with, it’s time to find a new one, or redefine the one you’re in. You may not be able to change the way the men around you think, but you don’t have to tithe your own destruction.
Get out. Get out while you can.