So, here’s my question, at what point do we stop voting for politicians who are legislating religious beliefs (which by the way is SUPPOSED to be seperated from state)?
I’m all for people believing what they want to believe and using those beliefs as a moral compass for each individual to do what’s right in his or her own life. HOWEVER, I am not okay with same said people pushing their beliefs on me and making laws designed to take away the personal rights of a segment of the population, especially when the lawmaking is done to uphold a patriarchial, misogynistic political agenda.
Want to watch what Florida has just made legal? Watch the documentary 12th and Delaware. As someone who lives in that area, and drives by that corner at least once a month, I’m utterly disgusted that the pregnancy center is the one that gets protection.
Third place goes to Florida, which passed a bill mandating a 24-hour waiting period to get an abortion, plus a state-mandated guilt trip in the form of a handout on fetal development and a list of local so-called crisis pregnancy centers. But for all its efforts, Florida flagged badly behind silver medalist North Carolina, where the state house passed a bill extending their waiting period to 72 hours. “These young girls, when they go in there—very abrupt, very quickly—they make that decision that they’re going to get rid of this baby,” North Carolina state Rep. Michele Presnell explained in defense of the three-day pause. (In reality, the majority of abortion patients are in their 20s and more than 60 percent have had at least one child already.)
But neither of these worthy states could hold a candle to Texas’s fetus-fetishizing sadism this week. During debate over a bill regarding the management of the Texas Department of State Health Services, Rep. Matt Schaefer attempted to add an amendment restricting abortion after 20 weeks. What, you say? Aren’t abortions already banned in Texas after 20 weeks? Well, yes, but no—Schaefer feels the ban isn’t strict enough, because it allows women to abort in the case of severe fetal abnormalities.