Virginia State Senator Steve Martin (R), in response to a Valentine’s Day card he received from the Virginia Pro-Choice Coalition, posted this on his Facebook page:
I don’t expect to be in the room or will I do anything to prevent you from obtaining a contraceptive. However, once a child does exist in your womb, I’m not going to assume a right to kill it just because the child’s host (some refer to them as mothers) doesn’t want it.
Nice, eh? He thinks pregnant women are merely “hosts” for their unborn children. The Huffington Post includes a screenshot of Martin’s original post, which he changed on Monday to read “bearer of the child” instead of “child’s host.” But you needn’t take HuffPo’s word for it. Facebook conveniently provides the edit history for Martin’s post. Just click the word “Edited” in the dateline at the top of the page and read the Feb. 17 entry.
The change really doesn’t make much difference, however. He’s still dehumanizing and discounting the pregnant woman, reducing her to nothing more than a baby carrier. Wouldn’t want to refer to her as a woman or a person. Certainly not. That would give her standing and status over the zygote or embryo or fetus in her womb — seniority, one might say, or even … personhood.