November 6, 2012

It's Your Problem

Honest to God, sometimes I hate my state.

During the arguments before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today, regarding our 20-week abortion ban, our solicitor general said this.

Judge Andrew Kleinfeld, a panel member appointed by former President George H.W. Bush, repeatedly expressed concern that the law might not afford women the opportunity to abort a fetus with birth defects in cases where the defects are not apparent until just before 20 weeks.

He also questioned the need to prohibit abortions at that stage of the pregnancy, especially for fetuses bound to develop “horrible birth defects.”

“They’re basically born into hell and then die,” Kleinfeld said. “I don’t see how the courts could act before viability” of the fetus.

“With due respect, that’s the woman’s problem,” responded David Cole, Arizona’s solicitor general. “She should have made that decision earlier.”

That is just disgusting.

Should have made the decision to do what? Not ovulate? Not implant a problematic embryo that would develop birth defects? Wow. I really enjoy the psychic power the simple act of existing grants a woman. Precognition is pretty useful sometimes.

Or maybe I just should have kept my legs shut in the first place, and I wouldn't have had to worry about any of this.

Whatever the second sentence actually means, the first is almost as terrible.

The birth defects are the woman's problem.

The fetus' suffering should its mother be forced to carry it to term is the woman's problem.

The woman's pain and anguish, and the pain of her partner and family, is her problem.

Ugh. I don't think I've ever heard anything that so actively illustrated the pro-life contempt for women.

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