Thursday, 17 March 2011

Women Are Livestock

With all the abortion insanity going on the Excited States, I've just about given up trying to keep up. But this headline demanded attention.

Agriculture Committee passes abortion bill

It's not a joke. And it's in Illinois, another formerly sane northern state.
The House Agriculture Committee might seem like a proper venue to debate the state’s approach toward crossbow-hunting, soybean rust or farmers markets, but it became a battleground Tuesday over abortion.

By a 13-0 vote, before a standing-room-only room of angry abortion-rights supporters clad in “Women are not livestock” T-shirts and buttons emblazoned with a cow, the panel advanced legislation putting new financial burdens on abortion clinics.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Darlene Senger (R-Naperville), would require abortion clinics to be retrofitted to resemble outpatient surgery centers, meaning equipment such as defibrillators and ventilators would be required for the first time while hallway and parking-lot dimensions would have to change.

Another 'harass the providers' bill, in short.

But WTF about the agriculture bit?
“I don’t know,” said Senger, when asked why her abortion-clinic bill was in front of the farming committee. “These committees have been all over the place this time. I got some other bills in some crazy places right now, too."

In the US, everyone is qualified to make judgements on women's reproductive lives, I guess. Except women themselves.

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