The headline sounds bad enough, but let’s dive in deeper to see just how disgusting this comment really is. It comes from Georgia state representative Terry England, and he was arguing for a bill which would ban all abortions after twenty weeks. Setting aside the fact that so many of the abortions that happen late in a pregnancy happen for the saddest, most medically necessary reasons, this bill specifically bans these abortions “even if the woman is known to be carrying a stillborn fetus or the baby is otherwise not expected to live to term.”
Let that sink in for a minute. Even if the fetus is known to be already dead, Georgia wingnuts want to require women to go ahead and experience the “joy” of birthing. And now here’s what Terry England said about it:
A speech from a Georgia Republican state representative surfaced last week in which he compared women seeking abortions of stillborn fetuses to cows and pigs.
State Rep. Terry England was speaking in favor of HB 954, which makes it illegal to obtain an abortion after 20 weeks even if the woman is known to be carrying a stillborn fetus or the baby is otherwise not expected to live to term.
He then recalled his time working on a farm:
“Life gives us many experiences…I’ve had the experience of delivering calves, dead and alive. Delivering pigs, dead or alive. It breaks our hearts to see those animals not make it.”
Bless ‘dem cow and pig hearts and bless ‘dem lady hearts.
Can we please officially end the pretense that our ideological opponents simply have different opinions on complex issues? They hate women, they hate minorities, they hate gay people, they hate anyone and everyone whose freedom and equality threatens their own [at least in their own heads, as what they really fear is losing their sense of supremacy]. Period!