Thursday, July 7, 2011

Louisiana Governor Compares Women Seeking Abortion To Criminals

Yesterday, Bobby Jindal signed into a law requiring medical offices that provide abortion to post notices informing women of alternatives to abortion, presumably including adoption.  While I feel this law is unnecessary (who doesn't freaking know the alternatives to abortion?), it's a far cry from the draconian and restrictive policies recently signed into law in Ohio state, as covered by OneAngryAlly, Sarah N.

What's truly offensive about this whole situation is the speech given by Jindal during the signing ceremony.  In his remarks, he compared women seeking abortion to criminals being read their Miranda rights.

"'When officers arrest criminals today, they are read their rights,' he said. 'Now if we're giving criminals their basic rights and they have to be informed of those rights, it seems to me only common sense we would have to do the same thing for women before they make the choice about whether to get an abortion.'"

"Jindal stressed the importance of creating a 'consistent culture of life' and how laws like this one can promote that idea.

"'Creating a culture of life is more than just words. It means we've got to fight to defend the lives of the most innocent and most vulnerable among us, especially unborn children,' he said. 'A civilized society is judged and will be judged by how it treats the weakest members of that society.'"

The Raw Story adds that in the past twenty years, the number of women who die from complications during pregnancy have doubled, with those number disproportionately impacting communities of color.  

Hey, asshat, sometimes the only alternative to abortion is death.  Are you going to include that on the placards?

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