Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Arizona bans bias-based abortions

According to Reuters:
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Tuesday signed into law a controversial bill that makes the state the first in the nation to outlaw abortions performed on the basis of the race or gender of the fetus.
This, in spite of the fact that the law's backers can point to no evidence that abortions on such a basis are happening in Arizona.

What is it about some so-called conservatives that while they decry the government's attempts to impose any restrictions on gun ownership or to collect taxes, they embrace the most draconian and offensive intrusions into our sexual practices and the results of those sexual practices?

Do you think abortion is murder? Then convince the rest of us.

Make a compelling case for your position -- a case that rests on something more relevant to the rest of us than doctrine laid down by religious authorities (persons or texts) we don't recognize as having either the expertise or the right to lay down such strictures on non-adherents.

(By the way, your position would be stronger if so many of you didn't also oppose contraception. Sheesh, this is the twenty-first century -- you can't have it both ways. You never could, but now, unlike a hundred years ago, we know that.)

Abortion opponents, weaseling your way into our most intimate and difficult decisions through batshit-crazy laws like Arizona's just makes you look like authoritarian wingnuts who can't be trusted to respect anyone else's rights.

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