(Updated March 1, 2012 @ 2:30 pm MT)
Oklahoma women yesterday marched on the state capitol to protest a Senate bill that would grant a fetus full ‘personhood’ at the moment of conception.
The bill sailed through the state Senate a few weeks ago and reportedly is expected to pass in the Republican-controlled House as well. Governor Mary Fallin (R), who has signed other anti-abortion bills, is expected to sign the “Personhood Act” if it gets to her desk.
One of the signs brought to the protest by University of Oklahoma students said, If I wanted the government in my womb, I’d fuck a senator. State Senator Judy Eason McIntyre (D) couldn’t resist and borrowed the sign for a photo op. She told the Huffington Post, “I saw a sea of signs that caught my eye, but this one in particular — I loved its offensive language, because it’s just as offensive for Republicans of Oklahoma to do what they’re doing as it relates to women’s bodies. I don’t apologize for it.”
The bill’s author, Sen. Brian Crain, was not amused. “A sign like that diminishes the importance and the seriousness of the issue and it’s regrettable. You look at Senate Bill 1433 and it says life begins at conception and that the unborn have rights.” But it’s okay for you, Senator, to diminish the importance of women’s reproductive rights?
Dan Skerbitz, Director of Personhood Oklahoma, was shocked:
The personhood issue often provokes strong language from all sides. But this display of vulgarity from a sitting Senator is truly shocking. It is more evidence of the hardness of heart behind a movement that would deny the right of a helpless pre-born baby to be recognized and protected by the law as a human person.
This makes it obvious that their moral compass is broken. It is not surprising that a worldview that finds such comments acceptable is not above lying about the Personhood Amendment or its possible effects on the lives of Oklahomans. Those who oppose the concept of personhood in Oklahoma are showing their true colors.
Skerbitz knows all about “hardness of heart.” It’s what he and his organization have for America’s women. As for “lying about the Personhood Amendment” … (a) It’s an act, not an amendment, and (b) people can read it for themselves and decide what it does and doesn’t say.
It’s stunning that people like Crain and Skerbitz could work for years to restrict or rescind women’s reproductive rights — rights that have been the law of the land since 1973 — and yet profess shock that women have become so angry, so outraged that they’d finally resort to verbal obscenities. What about the obscenity of bombing women’s health care clinics, the obscenity of murdering women’s doctors, or the obscenity of trying to legalize the rape of women with ultrasound wands?
Here’s to you, Sen. McIntyre! Women need more representatives like you.
More photos at NewsOK.com.
More on Pied Type:
Embryos gain personhood in Oklahoma bill
- Hundreds of women gather at the Oklahoma Capitol to protest personhood bill (newsok.com)
- Oklahomans Protest Proposed Personhood Measure (thinkprogress.org)
- Oklahoma Senator Pickets Personhood Bill With Hilarious, Obscene Sign [Roe V World] (jezebel.com)
- Group opposed to Oklahoma ‘personhood’ bills to rally (newsok.com)
- Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre, of Tulsa, protests anti-abortion bill with F-word (newsok.com)
- You Go Girl: Oklahoma State Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre Drops the F-Bomb On State’s Personhood Bill (clutchmagonline.com)
- Hundreds of Oklahomans gather, protest loudly — and at times, off color — against personhood (tulsaworld.com)
- A Sign (blueoklahoma.org)