Friday, April 08, 2011

Idaho anti-abortion legislators’ religious motives exposed

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Rep. Bent Crane (R-ID)
Rep. Bent Crane (R-ID)

It’s beyond clear that the rationale behind all the American right-wing opposition to women’s reproductive rights isn’t based on anything logical or evidentiary. And these two Idaho House Republicans who helped pass the recent bill banning abortion after 20 weeks make it even more blatant that the primary concern fueling the anti-choice movement is little more than religion:

“Is not the child of that rape or incest also a victim?” asked Rep. Shannon McMillan, R-Silverton. “It didn’t ask to be here. It was here under violent circumstances perhaps, but that was through no fault of its own.”

Actually, seeing as said child(-to-be) cannot possibly know or care about anything regarding its present circumstances or its conception, it really can’t be considered a “victim” of anything. It really won’t give a crap if it’s aborted. Because it has no functioning brain or nervous system. Which means it has all the self-awareness of a grapefruit.

But here’s where it really gets blinding:

The Idaho bill’s House sponsor, state Rep. Brent Crane, R-Nampa, told legislators that the “hand of the Almighty” was at work. “His ways are higher than our ways,” Crane said. “He has the ability to take difficult, tragic, horrific circumstances and then turn them into wonderful examples.”

You hear that, woman? If you’re ever raped or fucked by your father, you just need to take solace in the knowledge that once your horrific ordeal is over, it was all just part of your love-excretin’ God’s plan to give you a little miracle to make up for all the suffering you’ll have gone through. Don’t that just brighten your day?

The fact that people like this are a dominant force in the country’s legislative body is terrifying.

(via Right Wing Watch)