Tuesday, June 7, 2005

Now that's Bush country!

Barbarism in Texas

So my illustrious home state has a law in which abortions after 16 weeks can only be performed at hospitals, and hospitals rarely perform elective abortions. In other words, if you are a Texan and you don't want to be pregnant after the 16th week, you're pretty much out of luck. That's the situation Erica Basoria found herself in. She was 17. As the state was forcing her to have a child against her will, she had her boyfriend, Gerardo Flores, stand on her abdomen and had a miscarriage.

Texas also has a new law against "fetal murder."

Since Flores caused the death of the fetus, he was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Prosecutor Art Bauereiss claimed that had the death occurred after birth, we would charge Flores with murder, so this is just.

I am tired of framing the abortion issue as a matter of privacy, though I know that's the only shot we have at keeping it legal. Women should simply have a right to abortion, no questions asked. As long as women cannot end unwanted pregnancy, the state is forcing women to reproduce. The state is forcing women to gestate children against their will. The state is enslaving women for nine months. There is no clearer way to say it.

Beyond this, every avenue of research consistently shows that fetuses are not self-aware and more than 98% of abortions occur before a fetus would be capable of feeling pain. Fetuses are not people. In other words, this is a non-issue. Rather it would be a non-issue if not for the rampant fundamentalist bullshit spewing from our churches to infect the minds of gullible people everywhere.


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