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You'd think someone who screws so many voters would understand reproduction better.

The whole thing started in the state of Virginia, with a vote on a bill that would make ultrasounds mandatory for anyone seeking an abortion (the better to guilt trip them with) and a vote on a fetal personhood bill.  This would not only effectively ban all abortions in the state, but would also throw the legality of some forms of contraception such as the morning after pill.  Among the people voting in favor of this was Virginia State Senator Steve Martin (R).

The Virginia Pro-Choice Coalition reached out to him on February 14th, Valentine's Day.  They sent him a Valentine's Day card urging him to protect a woman's right to choose and to support reproductive health options "including preventing unwanted pregnancies, raising healthy children and choosing safe, legal abortion."

Martin's response?  He went to his Facebook last week to rant about women's bodies.  Here's the showstopper -- "I don't expect to be in the room or will I do anything to prevent you from obtaining a contraceptive.  However, once a child does exist in your womb, I'm not going to assume a right to kill it just because the child's host (some refer to them as mothers) doesn't want it."

Yes.  He referred to a pregnant woman as a "host."  Did I mention this guy was on the Senate Education And Health Committee?  What, pray tell, was the selection process like?

On Monday, he edited the post and changed "host" to "bearer of the child."  Nice try, but people suspected he might do that and screencapped that shit for GRATE JUSTICE.  Save this to your hard drive.


And furthermore, "If it's your expectation that I should support such nonsense, I will be breaking your heart," he wrote. "You can count on me to never get in the way of you 'preventing an unintentional pregnancy.' I'm not actually sure what that means, because if it's 'unintentional' you must have been trying to prevent it."

Like I said, Martin edited the post on Monday.  He says he changed the word "host" people took it the wrong way.  Oh, no shit, ya think?  "I don't see how anyone could have taken it the wrong way," he said (any volunteers to diagram this for him?  -- G). "It was me playing their argument back to them. Obviously I consider pregnant women to be mothers."
Tarina Keene is the executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, and she fired off the following in an email -- "Sen. Steve Martin obviously has zero understanding of the reality of reproductive choice and what it means for women to have control over their bodies, families, and lives.  His remarks demonstrate what exactly these extreme lawmakers mean when they talk about 'personhood' - that pregnant women are no more than vessels. Even more outrageous, he also fails to understand how he as a lawmaker can help empower women to reduce unintended pregnancies -- something that should be a common goal for all."

If they ever decide to consider retroactive abortion rights, I think Sen. Martin would make a fine poster child.


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Feb. 28th, 2014 09:32 pm (UTC)
Women are "hosts"? Which just goes to prove what I've felt all along... that children are parasites.
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