Good ol’ Old White Dudes making everything equal for everyone, eh?
Let’s just get right down to it. Indiana Republican Eric Turner is attempting to pass a bill that would make abortions illegal after the 20th week, which is more or less after the fetus appears. Now, Democratic congresswoman Geil Rieckman went before the House and asked that, you know, women be allowed to make the choice about what goes on in their vaginas.
Like any sensible person would do, right? I mean, do a group of old white ladies govern what goes on with my balls? No. They don’t. But this is what happens in America. Old white men who believe in an invisible man in the sky get to say what goes on in all women’s vaginas. The last time I tried to make anything happen inside a woman’s vagina I didn’t even get passed the whole “taking her to dollar-beer and bingo night at the bar by my house” thing. Swing and a miss, there. And hey – that was just one vagina. In their case, they are trying to control ALL OF THE VAGINAS. Who do they think they are? Prince circa Purple Rain?
Anyway, Eric Turner – the self-indited Pope Of Pussy that he is – came back with this clever retort:
With all do respect to Rep. Riecken, I understand what she’s trying to do. But as you know that when the federal health care bill was going through Congress there was a lot of discussion whether this would allow for abortion coverage and of course we were all told it would not. And the bill, my house bill 1210, would prevent that for any insurance company to provide abortion coverage under federal health care bill. This [amendment] would open that window and I would ask you to oppose this amendment.
I just want you to think about this, in my view, giant loophole that could be created where someone who could — now i want to be careful, I don’t want to disparage in any way someone who has gone through the experience of a rape or incest — but someone who is desirous of an abortion could simply say that they’ve been raped or there’s incest.
Ok, look, to soften the blow, allow me put this in silly language lest I throw a brick at the nearest dude in a Brooks Brothers suit jacket: this dude is insinuating that every woman who needs to get an abo-bo due to Daddy-diddlin’ is crazier than a soup sandwich. Thanks a lot, folks! Try the veal! Uuuuuuuuuuuuugh.
You can watch the full exchange here. It’s as awkward to see him stand up there believing that he has control over vaginas like some misaligned Lord Of The Rings thing, standing up there like an awkward weirdo just shrugging when he says “Hoosiers don’t want to pay for abortions” (he uses the word Hoosiers, I mean, really). Then Democratic Congresswoman Linda Lawson gets up and delivers an amazing response. Sadly, this was not enough to stop the bill from getting sent to final vote later this week in the Tea Party overrun House, before moving on to the Senate, where I can imagine it’ll get dismissed due to, well, human rights. Right? It’s like we’re living in the last five fucking minutes of Easy Rider. Feels weird. Take a gander at the exchange below.
Oh, and if you want to call Eric Turner’s office and let him know how outraged you are, call (317) 232-9750, or email him at email@example.com
Just a thought. Anyway, here’s the video.