Oh man, the GOP hates abortions! They hate abortions so much that they can take any issue, say, ice cream or Halloween—literally anything—and tie it back to how much they hate abortions. Wrapping up the 2012 Republican non sequitur war on abortion kicked off by Todd Akin, the GOP today blocked a U.N. treaty on discrimination against disabled people because…abortions.
The point of the treaty was to have other countries sign on to the same anti-discrimination standards for disabled people that the U.S. already has in place under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. “Republicans objected that it would create new abortion rights and impede the ability of people to home-school disabled children,” notes The Hill. Huh?
“This unelected bureaucratic body would pass recommendations that would be forced upon the United States if we were a signatory,” said Oklahoma senator Jim Inhofe, taking aim at that bureaucratic oppression vessel, the U.N. Recommendations like holding everyone else to a law we passed in 1990. If this sounds crazy to you, remember that Inhofe is the guy who defended Cote d’Ivoire’s despotic president Gbagbo after he greeted election defeat with a little genocide, saying simply “I don’t believe it. If you learn and know these people, you draw your own conclusions.” Drawing their own conclusions is apparently a virtue with these guys.
The U.N. treaty blocked today for being too abortion-friendly toward the disabled was actually created by George W. Bush and re-signed by Obama in 2009. Even old GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole was so infuriated the U.N. treaty for the disabled might not pass that he showed up on the Senate floor today to try to convince Republicans to listen to reason.
But there’s no arguing with crazy. On the Republican side John McCain was a supporter, as were Scott Brown of MA, Olympia Snowe, Dick Lugar, and a few others. Opposition was led by everyone’s old pal Rick Santorum.