Off The Record: On Religion, Politics & Equality
Rachel Maddow had a story on her program tonight about two Wyoming Republican State Representatives who took a bold stand against a new (read: same old) restrictive anti-abortion bill. The bill, like others making their way through many other states and on the national level, seeks to impose a 24 hour waiting period on women seeking an abortion, the medically disingenuous “fetal pain” argument and other typical far right anti-abortion language.
Rep. Sue Wallis and Rep. Lisa Shepperson not only pulled out the “little c” conservative argument – “keep government out of the doctor’s office (insert your libertarian ideal)” – but Wallis went a step further and shared her experience of having an abortion. From the AP:
Rep. Sue Wallis, R-Recluse, was the first person to testify against the bill, her voice rising with emotion as she condemned it. “I’m going to tell you a couple of things that are none of your damned business, and none of the business of the people that are standing behind my back,” Wallis said as she addressed the committee.
Wallis said she’s been pregnant five times and has given birth to three children. She said she lost one baby two weeks before it was due to be born and once underwent an abortion, something she said she had never before revealed in public.
Wallis said proceeding with the abortion was the best decision she ever made. She said she has spent time counseling young women and said they already know what the implications of abortion are when they visit a doctor.
More and more Republican women must stand up to the insanity brought on by the onslaught of these bills. They are an incredible and unallowable invasion of privacy, an affront to the intelligence of women and a tried and true political rallying cry for the right-wing base