Hey! Women of Virginia! I bet you didn’t realize that on this Valentine’s Day, the GOP in your state have planned a special Valentine’s prezzie juuuuuuust for you. It comes in the form of two very restrictive anti-abortion bills, and because they have a supermajority in the House, both bills passed in the House today!
The first bill says that a person is a person the minute a sperm and an egg collide, like two ships in the night. In other words, a personhood bill, even though they don’t call it that. The same kind of bill that, when put to the voters of Mississippi, it was soundly defeated. It passed the House in VA, 66-32.
The second bill is the lovely, “Hey, we’re going to do a completely meaningless procedure before you’re allowed to have an abortion and stick something up your vagina at the same time” bill. It passed the House in VA, 63-36.
This is what jackhole Todd Gilbert (R – Asshatteryville) said about abortion:
We hear the same song over there. The very tragic human notes that are often touched upon involve extreme examples [he said]. But in the vast majority of these cases, these are matters of lifestyle convenience.
Truer words have never been spoken! I, myself, have had an abortion or three because swimming suit season was upon me and I didn’t want to ruin my girlish figure by being preggers! Amirite, ladies?
I don’t believe every abortion is tragic, but most women certainly aren’t going around blithely making the decision to abort between bikini waxes. And, here again, we have another example of an asshole man spewing out mindless bullshit on a topic about which he can never have any personal knowledge. Ever.
Someone must have told good old boy Todd that his statement was not going over very well with the public because as I’m writing this post, he issued a statement regarding the above comment. The statement said:
I recognize that few women undergo the procedure lightly. It leave scars, both mental and physical, that can last a lifetime. I regret my comments earlier…were insensitive to reality.
Well, that’s nice, Todd, though I notice you didn’t actually apologize, but does this mean you’re changing your vote? No? Then you can take your non-apology and shove it where the sun don’t shine.
The Democrats fought as hard as they could, but to no avail. Here’s the kicker. The personhood bill had always died in the Senate in the past, but thanks to the GOP
taking over effectively taking back control of the VA Senate during the last election, it will probably pass this time around. Governor McDonnell (R) has said he will sign the invasive probe bill if it lands on his desk, and he hasn’t commented yet on the personhood bill.
The Republicans want to take away women’s right to choose, and bills like these are incremental steps to a de facto ban on abortion and in many cases, pave the path to making abortion a crime. Yes, this example is in Virginia, but as we here at ABLC have chronicled, this kind of bullshit is spreading across the land.
This is why we fight. This is why voting matters. Both sides are not the fucking same. Anyone who thinks otherwise is no ally of mine.