Wingnut: CA Drought Caused by Abortion

A Christian fundamentalist legislator in California says that state is in the midst of a massive drought because they let women have abortions and if they’d just ban abortion God would make it rain — like he did in Texas, causing massive flooding.

California State Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, a Republican, hinted last week that if the drought-stricken state would adopt laws restricting abortions like Texas, God would make it rain.

“Texas was in a long period of drought until Governor Perry signed the fetal pain bill,” RH Reality Check reports she said at the California ProLife Legislative Banquet, held in Sacramento last Monday. “It rained that night. Now God has His hold on California.”…

She seemed to be referring to HB2, signed into law by conservative former Texas governor and 2016 presidential contender Rick Perry in 2013. HB2 places restrictions on abortion, including a 20-week ban that abortion rights activists say is based on the junk science notion fetuses can feel pain at that point.

California is in its fourth year of severe drought, with Governor Brown declaring a state of emergency in January. Last year was the driest on record, with records going back 160 years, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

And now, a word from reality. The drought in Texas did not end after Perry signed that bill into law in 2013. There was some rain, which lowered the percentage of the state experiencing the worst drought conditions, but that was it:

The state experienced a short and rainy respite in the winter and spring of 2012, but by the fall of 2012 dry conditions had returned to much of the state. Those persisted until late in the summer of 2013, when a sustained rainy period lowered the percentage of the state experiencing drought.

That doesn’t mean that the drought is over. As of June, 2014, 70 percent of Texas is still in drought conditions, while 21 percent is in the worst two stages of drought, either extreme or exceptional drought.

Now the drought is finally being lessened in most of the state due to huge storms that have caused massive flooding and enormous damage. Go Team God!

It’s depressing that people like this actually get elected.

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  • blf

    The drought in Californian has multiple causes, but the main one is lawyerspoliticians pontificating on what is causing the drought whilst stuffing their pockets with cash from Big Oil, Big Car, and other thug owners.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Shannon Grove represents Bakersfield: geographically in south central California, culturally in Lubbock, Texas.

  • John Pieret

    Go Team God!

    Almost as if the old guy is getting a bit senile.

  • blf

    Sadly, I used to live in Bakerspatch (as I called it). “[C]ulturally in Lubbock, Texas” is being so excessively generous Cthulhu wouldn’t even try to eat you.

    (There are some good Basque restaurants in the area…)

  • cervantes

    So when is Connecticut going to experience God’s wrath? I’m looking out the window and so far everything is nice and green.

  • se habla espol

    Cervantes, I would expect some action in Connecticut sometime after gawd wakes up from his afterJune nap and notices what’s happened in Ireland. Or maybe in New South Wales. Or somewhere else.

  • Karen Locke

    Her district is full of land-rich and cash-poor farmers, trying to make a living off land that just doesn’t support ag activity all that well. Even in a good year, it’s too dry and hot. They get by by leasing land for oil rigs (there’s ghastly oil-sludge in the ground), using irrigation water that comes from the Sierras (and hey, there was no Sierra snowpack this year), and pumping their aquifer dry. Every government restriction on land use seems to target them: they aren’t allowed to grab every last drop of water, they (supposedly) can’t contaminate their aquifer with oil, they aren’t allowed to exterminate endangered species… and they see all that as unreasonable interference. It’s an alternate reality.

  • Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    @John Pieret:

    Go Team God!

    Almost as if the old guy is getting a bit senile.

    I’ve heard that he’s even been nodding off during Cabinet meetings. And I don’t know if this is true or not, but I’ve also heard he’s been using astrology to make Agricultural and Labor policy decisions. The flooding-in-Texas thing was probably Ag policy, I guess.

    Weird, right? That people would still consider him worthy of worship after that crap?

  • grumpyoldfart

    It’s depressing that people like this actually get elected.

    I think it’s funny.

  • democommie

    “CA Drought Caused by Abortion”

    WTF? I thought it was teh GAY Mawwiage. I am soooooooooo confused.

  • Pseudonym

    Why is there never any divine retribution for greed, or usury? Republican God has a lot to answer for.

  • whheydt

    According to our local (SF Bay Area) CBS news radio station, she’s trying to back off from the claim. Their report reads a lot like she failed to understand that essentially all remarks made by politicians are fully open to the general public, thanks to the internet. A public figure can’t make remarks catering to a special interest group and expect everything to remain with just that group. You’d’ve thought *all* politicians would have grasped that lesson after Romney’s “47%” remark.

  • dingojack

    se habla espol -the only problem with your ‘god intervention’ theory is – if it’s a drought (with bush-fires and dust storms) in New South Wales (well, SE Aust. generally), it’s a deluge in California (with the attendant mud-slides and flash-floods). The old La Niña/El Niño thing…

    😉 Dingo

  • dingojack

    On the other hand that heaten, the Dalai Lama, can do this


  • eoraptor

    Karen Locke @7

    …pumping their aquifer dry.

    Just read an article this morning, parts of San Joaquin valley have sunk more than 30 feet in the last 40 or 50 years. Indeed, CA geologists estimate that the land has been sinking by 2 ft. per year since the current drought started. Pretty soon, The Central Valley will connect with Death Valley. When The Big One finally hits, California will have an inland sea with a chain of islands through it.