Thursday, September 19, 2013

Just like a pill: The fight against abortion in Florida is alive and well, and here's one fun way to fight back

Posted on Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 3:52 PM

We were a little taken aback this morning as we perused the depression headline-wires to figure out how to feel today. Sure, the right-wing extremists are sort of being marginalized (even while spending heaps of money to appear relevant), and yes, the Obamacare exchanges are opening soon (despite a hellish fight from states like Florida), but what really got us was this: There's some new wind in the sails last year's failed Unborn Victims of Violence Act. As they often do, the pro-life brigade have seized on one story to illustrate one point as a means of basically redefining all fetuses to be human beings, thereby ending abortion outright! Or at least getting it to the Supreme Court so Alito can! The latest case is that of Remee Jo Lee, who was surreptitiously fed a morning-after pill (disguised as an antibiotic) by her sociopathic boyfriend, John Andrew Welden. We can all agree that this is a pretty egregious and horrible thing, and Welden himself has plead guilty in a federal court to tampering charges that will likely land him in prison for 13 years. Also, we've all seen Arsenic and Old Lace before, for what it's worth.

But that punishment isn't enough for State Rep. Larry Ahern, R-Seminole, and state Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland. The duo took to press conferencing the sordid affair on Sept. 18 as a means of reintroducing their bill which seeks to redefine the viability of a fetus for the purposes of state prosecution. As the Tampa Tribune reports, the Republicans are pretending this isn't about outlawing abortion at all, but then turning around and saying things like this:

Stargell said she was “very hopeful” the bill will pass in the next session of the Legislature, especially now that Lee has given it her support.

“This is not an abortion debate,” Stargell said. “This is about a baby in her womb that was taken from her.”

Stargell said the bill would make any unborn child, no matter how far along, viable, “so the courts don’t have to determine the viability factor.”

Viability describes whether an unborn child can survive outside the womb.

It isn't likely that Lee's six-to-seven-month-old fetus could have survived outside, though, is it? Anyway, it's not unusual for conservatives to pull these #FloridaMan sob stories out in the abortion debate, so we're not super concerned. We are, however, vigilant, as is Planned Parenthood. The Planned Parenthood Action Fund is hosting a quiz called Women are Watching, and the more correct answers you get, the more money automatically goes to the group so that they can fight such glorious invaders of the political lexicon as "vaginal ultrasounds." According to the site:

Every correct answer will generate a 10-cent donation to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund (up to $25,000) to help us defeat the candidates who attack women's health — and believe us, they're very real — and work throughout this year and beyond to protect and promote women's health.

Happy Clicking!

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