I know we’re probably all sick and tired of discussing lady business over here, I know I am. But hey, don’t blame me: you boys are the ones who keep turning lady parts into political footballs, not me. Frankly I’m pretty sick of it.
So. It appears the latest trend in anti-woman, anti-choice state legislation is Democratic-sponsored riders designed to either make a point about how offensive and intrusive these bills are, or actually serving as a valid riposte to this offensive and intrusive legislation.
Last week, you may recall, Virginia State Senator Janet Howell attached an amendment to that state’s fetal ultrasound bill. The fetal ultrasound bill sponsors claimed — over what actual doctors say — that such tests are necessary for medical reasons before performing an abortion. So Howell offered an amendment that said:
“Prior to prescribing medication for erectile dysfunction, a physician shall perform a digital rectal examination and a cardiac stress test,” Howell said, reading the amendment aloud. “Informed consent for these procedures shall be given at least 24 hours before the procedures are performed.
The amendment barely failed, which is too bad, but it apparently inspired pro-choice legislators in Oklahoma, where a fetal personhood bill defining life as beginning at the moment of fertilization is making its way through the state legislature. Via Jezebel, State Senator Constance Johnson of Oklahoma City submitted an “Every Sperm Is Sacred” amendment which read:
However, any action in which a man ejaculates or otherwise deposits semen anywhere but in a woman’s vagina shall be interpreted and construed as an action against an unborn child.
She later withdrew the amendment, but not before another Democratic legislator added an amendment of his own:
In response to that bill, Sen. Jim Wilson, D-Tahlequah, who is strongly pro-choice, offered an amendment that would make the father of an unborn child financially responsible for its mother’s health care, housing, transportation and nourishment while she is pregnant.
Wilson’s amendment failed.
Well of course it did. But you know, Oklahoma: it takes two to tango. If you’re going to make women legally responsible for their blastocysts, then the men who helped put them there need to chip in. Fair is fair.
Gender equity: could it be the new pink ribbon?