A grand jury’s indictment on Monday of two abortion opponents who covertly recorded Planned Parenthood officials is the latest, most startling sign that a Republican campaign against the group has run into trouble.
In a dozen states including Texas, where the grand jury in Houston examined Planned Parenthood at the request of Republican officials but ended up indicting the opponents, various investigations have concluded without finding any wrongdoing by affiliates of the group. Eight states have declined to investigate since videos began surfacing in June alleging that Planned Parenthood illegally sells tissue from aborted fetuses. — NYTimes
But if you suppose for one moment that minor setbacks like these will sway the views of True Believers, you know nothing of how fanatics of all stripes and sizes, particularly of the self-proclaimed Christian variety, go about their business. Here in the nation’s dicktip, of course, we have a front seat.
Florida lawmakers are moving forward with a near-total ban on abortions in the state plus a second bill placing new requirements on doctors who perform abortions.
By an 8-3 vote Monday afternoon, a House criminal justice panel voted to advance the more sweeping piece of legislation (HB 865), which would make performing an abortion or operating an abortion clinic a first-degree felony in Florida, punishable by up to 30 years in prison. Just hours earlier, the U.S. Supreme Court reiterated its long-standing ruling affirming women’s right to the procedure.
“The bill recognizes that both the mother and the baby are citizens of the state of Florida… and we are therefore compelled to protect their lives,” said Rep. Charles Van Zant, R-Keystone Heights, the bill’s sponsor. — Miami Hurled
When I call Zant’s office to ask if the latest Planned Parenthood development has any impact on the bill he’s sponsoring, an aide is only too happy to engage.
“Not a bit,” she tell me chirpily. “It’s irrevelant [yes, she said ‘irrevelant‘]. On the one hand you have laws and policies manufactured by fallible human beings, on the other you have god’s holy directives. We don’t care what the Texas investigators or the Supreme Court says. We care what the bible says, and it’s very clear when it comes to abortion.”
I didn’t know the word even appears in the Bible. What passage?
“The same one that explains how black skin is the mark of Cane, how Hebrews have horns, homosexuality is perversion, and people have a personal right to carry weapons,” she says impatiently. “Don’t you know your Scriptures?”
Dag. Guess I just plumb forgot. I hang up.
It’s instructive to remember that in the state of Florida, overrun by conservative ‘Pubs whose distaste for intrusive government stops at the womb, citizens’ rights are secondary to religious dogma. In their world-view, the War on Women is a Holy Cause. That may not be the way you remember learning how the Founding Fathers designed things, but then, who keeps voting these thugs into office?