Oh Kansas. You really are the worst, aren’t you? I mean, come on. When this is the lede of a Kansas City Star article on your most recent anti-choice bill, what else am I supposed to think?
Kansas House members on Tuesday gave first-round approval to sweeping new restrictions on abortion after refusing to add exceptions that would allow victims of incest or rape — including children who are raped — to get late-term abortions.
Charming. Oh hey, and it gets worse. Not only does the bill prevent child rape victims from getting abortions, it also contains personhood language, prevents public schools from discussing abortion in sex ed, and prohibits sex ed from any organization affiliated with an abortion provider.
It gets even worser than that! The bill requires doctors to tell their patients that abortions are linked to breast cancer. So, you know, doctors have to lie.
It didn’t have to be this bad. I mean, it’s pretty bad. Pretty much the worst, actually. But this wasn’t just an oversight by overzealous and super douchey state-level politicians. Nope. Democrats in the Kansas house brought up rape and incest exceptions, which the Kansas GOP rejected.
Let me say that again. The Kansas GOP explicitly rejected exceptions for rape and incest. I guess once a few dozen start a-growin’ in a uterus, the holder of that uterus comes second.
I feel like this is so self-evidently BS that I shouldn’t have to explain it to people and, indeed, it’s hard to find the words to do so. But let me try.
Look, it’s not like hoards of women go around having abortions for funsies. Those people are rare, if they exist at all. Women get abortions for a lot of reasons, though. Women get abortions so they can care for their existing families, so they complete their education (thus increasing the chances of any child they have in the future having a better life, I might add), because they’re not financially stable enough to raise a child, because they just plain don’t want a kid, and anything in between. This does not make women who choose abortions open to ridicule or less worthy of respect as human beings. People make decisions that are in their best interests and in line with what they think they can handle. Women are no different.
Ah, that’s the problem, isn’t it. Fanatical anti-choice opponents believe women are different. They believe women are hussies who just can’t keep their legs closed like good girls. Hell, they believe that keeping your legs closed is what makes you a good girl. But bros, totally go at it. It’s your manhood at stake!
I mean, you get what’s going on here, right? It’s all about control. Women have a place and these self-appointed guardians of the hymen have decided it’s their job to punish women who choose to embrace their sexuality rather than hide from it. And the exceptions (or lack thereof) for rape an incest? Well, that just serves to illustrate the point. Women of Kansas, your life is only yours when your uterus is empty. And even then, it’s questionable.