The Republican Party’s unrelenting religious obsession with abortion leads me to the conclusion that the GOP should be aborted. When it comes to law and politics few things irritate me more than GOP lawmakers passing, and governors signing, laws that they know beyond all doubt are unconstitutional, and the GOP are experts at that when the laws pertain to abortion.
Last week, for example, Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law which bans an abortion if the reason a woman seeks it does not comport with what the GOP statists deem appropriate.
Of course as a fundamental principle of liberty any woman in the United States of America enjoys a federal constitutional right to have an abortion for whatever reasons she desires and therefore it is none of the State of Indiana’s goddamned business what her reasons might be. She is not required to discuss her reasons with the government. If she doesn’t want to bring a pregnancy to term for any reason at all that is reason enough under the Constitution of the United States.
But the GOP statists in Indiana like to fanaticize that they have the legal power to force a woman to reveal her personal reasons about why she is seeking an abortion, and if they are the “wrong” reasons, the power to deny her constitutional rights. They have to know full well that they don’t possess that kind of power – their fantasies are unconstitutional-- but they pass the laws anyway and in the process brazenly flip their middle fingers to the Constitution.
Pence and the rest of his religious extremist GOP ilk have the nerve to think they can deny a woman’s right to an abortion if her reason is because she doesn’t want to bear offspring with fetal genetic abnormalities such as Down syndrome or any number of other profound and debilitating genetic deformities.
Reasons having to do with the fetus’ race, sex or ancestry are likewise deemed inappropriate, and the law mandates that the only way to dispose of an aborted fetus is through burial or cremation. The statists want to require an expensive emotionally taxing funeral ritual which might make the woman think twice about whether to seek an abortion.
Pence called the bill "a comprehensive pro-life measure that affirms the value of all human life… I believe that a society can be judged by how it deals with its most vulnerable — the aged, the infirm, the disabled and the unborn," he declared in a statement.
You see, that’s what this law is all about – religion – and the Constitution may be damned. Gov. Pence was a prominent abortion rights opponent while serving in Congress before being elected governor in 2012. Now he’s facing a tough re-election campaign and is counting on a strong turnout from his evangelical base in November.
The GOP abortion hypocrisy position is glaring under this law as well, since doctors who perform abortions could be sued for wrongful death or face discipline from the state medical licensing board while women wouldn't face any punishment.
"It is clear that the governor is more comfortable practicing medicine without a license than behaving as a responsible lawyer, as he picks and chooses which constitutional rights are appropriate," observed a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, which will ask a federal court to block the measure before it takes effect.
Yes, and it is also crystal clear why this is just another good reason why the GOP should be aborted.