Christian love: Claiming that suffering is “part of the human condition, since sin entered the world,” a Texas Republican wants to make it illegal to terminate a pregnancy after 20 weeks, even if a fetus is dead and the pregnancy is unsustainable.
RH Reality Check reports that Rep. Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler), an anti-abortion freshman Tea Party state legislator from East Texas, put forward an amendment to a bill that would effectively make it illegal to terminate a pregnancy after 20 weeks, even if a fetus “has a severe and irreversible abnormality,” including medical anomalies that aren’t survivable outside the womb.
The amendment would require the state to force women with unsustainable pregnancies to carry those pregnancies to term against the medical advice of their doctors, without exception.
During debate over his amendment, Schaefer tried to justify the draconian legislation by referring to his sincerely held religious beliefs, and stating that suffering is “part of the human condition, since sin entered the world.”
Perhaps even more astonishing than Schaefer’s cruel amendment is the fact that the Republican dominated Texas state House passed the draconian legislation.
However, in a successful attempt to block the sadistic bill, state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer (D-San Antonio) filed a legislative point of order that prompted the bill’s sponsor to pull down the entire piece of legislation for review.
Commenting on the anti-woman, anti-choice legislation, Democratic Representative Jessica Farrar of Houston said that the current Texas state legislature is the most misogynistic she’s seen during her 21 years in office.
Writing for RH Reality Check, Andrea Grimes notes:
Schaefer is using his faith to justify inflicting state-mandated pain on people who are already experiencing terrible loss.
Schaefer’s cruel amendment is morally repugnant. However, Texas does not have a monopoly on cruel Republicans attempting to deny women their constitutionally guaranteed right to an abortion.
Recently Kansas Governor Sam Brownback offered a novel argument for denying women access to abortion by claiming that forcing women to give birth is good for the economy.
Last February, in a twisted attempt to explain why rape victims should be denied access to abortion, a Republican lawmaker in West Virginia claimed rape is “beautiful” when it produces a pregnancy. Republican Delegate Brian Kurcaba said that abortion bans should not have exceptions for women who became pregnant from sexual assault because “what is beautiful is the child that could come from this.”
And late last year Missouri Republicans tried to pass legislation that would force a woman who wants an abortion to obtain written permission from the father first, unless, of course, the woman was the victim of “legitimate rape.”
The Republican war on women continues.
(H/T RH Reality Check)