Depressing News

April 30, 2006

Louisiana has become the next state after South Dakota to push for an abortion ban that would make no exception for the health of the mother, rape and incest victims.

In a 30-7 vote, state senators approved a bill that would ban the medical procedure for every woman except to save her life. Senate Bill 33 would incarcerate abortion doctors for up to 10 years, and charge them as much as $100,000.

The woman who undergoes the procedure would not face prosecution. (Woo-hoo!)

Who would push such a vile bill? A man, of course. But this is what gets me: Senator Ben Nevers is a Democrat and many of the legislators pushing this bill are also Dems. I feel like I am watching the Twilight Zone.  

Kathleen Blanco, the female Democratic governor of the state, said that she would sign “some kind of abortion bill.” WTF?!

If there is any small silver lining, it’s this: A provision in the bill won’t allow the ban unless Roe v. Wade is overturned. Giving these legislators the benefit of the doubt, maybe they are assuming the bill will never see the light of day. Therefore, they might as well beat the Republicans to it and grandstand in a state that has many religious zealots and support for abortion restrictions.

But it’s a shame that they feel they must further victimize women to gain the public’s approval. I find these observations by Nevers disturbing:

Nevers said of the 40,000 abortions in the past three years in Louisiana, only one was from a reported rape, although many may not have been reported as cases of rape or incest.

In other words, the other 39,999 women in his state are just sluts who can’t be trusted to make the best decisions for their lives. This is the same attitude that many men in less developed countries hold. Disgusting.

Nevers said that a woman who has been traumatized by rape should not have to be subjected to another brutal act like abortion. “I cannot justify that in my mind,” he said.

Again, abortion is never pleasant. Our sisters who have had one should know. We don’t need a clueless bureaucrat like Nevers to make that value judgment for us.