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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Scream III

Those of us who came of age with the soul-searching prose of Anais Nin tucked under one arm and the cerebral feminist-treatise of Nancy Friday under the other see the anti-choice movement as about something other than an altruistic desire to save lives.

The movement – given fangs by the Bush administration – has just scored it’s first coup with the new South Dakota law that bans all abortions except those needed to save a would-be mother’s life.

The new legislation has the immediate effect of denying women their constitutional right to privacy and serves the more far-reaching goal of legislating a code of conduct for women.

The well-worn counterpoint to the anti-choicers assertions that this is about saving lives is that, if they really cherished every life, they wouldn’t be so zealous about waging war, so adamant about capital punishment, so sanctimonious in regard to the impoverished, so off-hand about eating meat.

But, again, it’s not about life. It’s about control. Representative Bill Napoli of South Dakota reveled what’s really in the hearts of many of these “pro-lifers.” In this statement to the press he ponders who may be eligible for an abortion:

“A real-life description to me would be a rape victim, brutally raped, savaged. The girl was a virgin. She was religious. She planned on saving her virginity until she was married. She was brutalized and raped, sodomized as bad as you can possibly make it, and is impregnated. I mean, that girl could be so messed up, physically and psychologically, that carrying that child could very well threaten her life.”

Creepy. I wish you could hear the actual sound bite. Not to defile the high standards of Internet discourse, but the guy sounds like he’s about to cream his pants.

Virgin. Religious. Brutalized. Sodomized.

Do you see my point? Forcing a woman to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term is punishment for not being a virgin and for not being religious… for not submitting to the patriarchal vision of femininity.

Which leads me to my next point: this fundamentalist desire for control and homogeny leads to sexual repression of the Roy Kohn brand which results in sexual perversion of the Catholic church brand.

To call them hypocrites misses the point. They’re terrified.--Posted by Kay

link | posted by Jae at 2:14 PM |


Blogger Renegade Eye commented at 9:47 PM~  

If I were a Democrat I would be overjoyed about the South Dakota decision. It wasn't a coup, it was business as usual.

Nothing the republicans fear more, is for Roe vs Wade to go directly to the Supreme Court. They want to exploit the issue, not confront it. It will split the party.

The Dems don't want it either to go to the Supreme court. It would lose its lesser evil vote for this guy issue or this will happen.

Blogger Renegade Eye commented at 9:12 AM~  

George Bush is visiting the Queen of England.
He asks her, "Your Majesty, how do you run such an efficient government? Are there any tips you can give me?"

"Well," says the Queen, "the most important thing is to surround yourself with intelligent people."

Bush frowns. "But how do I know the people around me are really intelligent?"

The Queen takes a sip of tea. "Oh, that's easy. You just ask them to answer an intelligence riddle. The Queen pushes a button on her
intercom. "Please send The Prime Minister in here, would you?"

Tony Blair walks into the room. "Your Majesty..."

The Queen smiles. "Answer me this, please, Tony. Your mother and father have a child. It is not your brother and it is not your sister. Who is

Without pausing for a moment, Blair answers, "That would be me!"

"Yes! Very good!" says the Queen.

Back at the White House, Bush calls in his vice president, Dick Cheney.

"Dick, answer this for me. Your mother and your father have a child. It's not your brother and it's not your sister. Who is it?"

"I'm not sure," says the vice president. "Let me get back to you on that one." Dick Cheney goes to his advisers and asks every one, but none
can give him an answer. Finally, he ends up in the men's room and recognizes Colin Powell's shoes in the next stall.

Dick shouts, "Colin! Can you answer this for me? Your mother and father have a child and it's not your brother or your sister. Who is it?"

Colin Powell yells back, "That's easy. It's me!"

Dick Cheney smiles. "Thanks!"

Cheney goes back to the Oval Office and asks to speak with Bush.

"Say, I did some research and I have the answer to that riddle. It's Colin Powell."

Bush gets up, stomps over to Dick Cheney, and angrily yells into his face, "No, you idiot! It's Tony Blair!"

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