Tuesday, 17 March 2009

What's sauce for the goose. . . Oh. Wait.

Meet Tennessee Representative Karen Camper My kinda gal. <3

In the last election, Rethugnicans took the Tennessee legislature, so of course, the fetus fetishists among them got busy with a bunch of bills to restrict or outlaw abortion.

So one of the few Democrats got busy herself, proposing a law to regulate vasectomies.

She figured the boys needed a little experience with busy-bodies messing with their choices.

Guess what. They didn't like it.
Eyewitness News went to Camper’s Memphis district. Most of the men we spoke with did not like the idea of government regulating what they could do to their bodies.

Well, that's just the dumb citizens. What did the legislators think?

Today, the matter was voted on:
With male legislators booming out their no votes, a House subcommittee has just killed a proposed state constitutional amendment to restrict the right to vasectomies. Rep. Karen Camper offered her resolution, which began "nothing in this constitution secures or protects a right to vasectomy," to make the obvious point that men are willing to trample on women's reproductive health rights but not their own. The subcommittee delayed action on a slew of anti-abortion bills and resolutions, but it's certain to adopt some of them this session.

"I expected people who are pro-abortion would vote against it," Camper said afterward. "I'm just glad I was able to present it. The point was, when you're talking about reproductive health, our constitution protects us and our privacy and our rights. If we're going to change the constitution, then it needs to be done equally. At this point, I don't think that's happening. Women's rights are being diminished and the same isn't happening on the other side of the equation. But hey, you win some, you lose some."

Good on ya, Karen. I hope this gets reported far and wide.

1 comment:

Mrs. Mother said...

I saw her speak at the Tennessee House Health and Human Services Committee Reproductive Hearing, where I spoke, too. She was wonderful.

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