Republican lawmakers are so intent on controlling women’s reproduction that they are going so far as to propose legislation that would prohibit abortions even in the case when a woman knows she is carrying a stillborn.
Introduced by Georgia State Rep. Terry England (R) HB 954 makes it illegal to obtain an abortion after 20 weeks even if the woman is carrying a stillborn fetus or the baby is otherwise not expected to live to term. England made clear just what he thinks of women during a floor speech in support of his measure.
“Life gives us many experiences…I’ve had the experience of delivering calves, dead and alive. Delivering pigs, dead or alive. It breaks our hearts to see those animals not make it.”
Lovely. Rep. England just compared pregnant women to livestock.
Since Republicans have even pushed abortion bills though agriculture committees, I suppose this is a consistent position for the right. Women should, by these measures, have about the same rights as common farm animals.
Of course, carrying a stillborn fetus to term can bring significant risk to a pregnant woman including infections leading to death. And recommending continuing a non-viable pregnancy is a violation of the standard of care, meaning the Georgia Representative would like to legislate medical malpractice standards despite the fact that England is not a doctor.
Heck, England isn’t even a veterinarian, but for some reason he thinks he’s qualified to legislate medical care. And that right there sums up the level of concern for women’s lives these anti-choice lawmakers possess.
Photo from L_K_M via flickr.