Oklahoma Republicans: still silly about abortion.

The GOP has been all about creationism and abortion since getting body slammed in the last election.  Now Oklahoma is trying to throw some Obamacare into the mix (with a side of abortion, so not a huge departure).

Employers in Oklahoma could opt not to include contraceptives and abortions in employee insurance plans under a measure that secured passage by a Senate committee Thursday.

The measure, Senate Bill 452 by Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, passed the Senate Business and Commerce Committee by a vote of 9-0 with no debate and now heads to the full Senate.

“Notwithstanding any other provision of state or federal law, no employer shall be required to provide or pay for any benefit or service related to abortion or contraception through the provision of health insurance to his or her employees,” the bill says.

Under the federal Affordable Health Care Act, employee group insurance plans are required to cover contraception unless the business offering the benefit meets the conditions of being a religious organization, said Mike Rhoades, Oklahoma Insurance Department deputy commissioner of life and health insurance.

I’m not sure they understand how federal laws work.  If states can just vote not to abide by federal law, then that kind of nullifies the point of federal law.  Now, the federal government can elect not to enforce the law (like they are doing with pot in Colorado or with DOMA), but I doubt the Obama DoJ will do anything other than look at this legislation and say “Cute, you appealed to your base, but employers in your state are still getting fined.”

Then again, at the risk of riling conservatives, maybe they won’t.  Although Obama has nothing to lose, as he can’t get re-elected, and the country is largely pro-choice anyway.

Jolley said the measure is the result of a request from a constituent, Dr. Dominic Pedulla, an Oklahoma City cardiologist who describes himself as a natural family planning medical consultant and women’s health researcher.

Pedulla says he is morally against contraception and abortion. He said he had to give up his small group health plan because the only plans available in the state required coverage for contraception and sterilization. He and his family were on the plan and had to find more expensive insurance elsewhere.

“Every small group plan forces you to choose those options,” Pedulla said.

Women are worse off with contraception because it suppresses and disables who they are, Pedulla said.

Disables who they are?  Oh fuck this guy.  If you’re going to tell a woman she wants a child, even when she insists she doesn’t, you might as well tell her that her favorite food is brussels sprouts when she insists it’s pizza.  Individuals decide who they are, not pretentious doctors who think they have the ear of god.  If a woman doesn’t want a child, that’s who she is.  Women are not just meaty incubators.

“Part of their identity is the potential to be a mother,” Pedulla said. “They are being asked to suppress and radically contradict part of their own identity, and if that wasn’t bad enough, they are being asked to poison their bodies.”

The hell?  That’s like saying oxygen dependency is part of my identity, just because I’m born with it.  On that note, people born with physical disabilities, based on this guy’s logic, is part of their identity.  Guess what – the way we want to be has more to do with our identity than the way we were born.  If I could live without my dependency on oxygen, I would.  If people born with disabilities could erase them, they would.  And if a woman doesn’t want to have a child, or if she doesn’t even want the potential to bear a child, that’s her identity.

And poisoning their body?  How so?  Ever seen what happens to a woman’s body when she’s carrying a baby?  That’s some fucking poison right there.

Anybody who disguises their desire to control other people, to make another person conform their pursuit of happiness to your standards, all while pretending to look out for them is an asshole at best, religious at worst.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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