An Arizona law-etching ladyperson (“lady”) by the name of Terri Proud, Representative from Tucson, has decided that there just isn’t enough going on in the House and Senate right now in Arizona, even though there is, so how about a law saying that women should not just have to see a black-and-white moving image of a living zygote prior to having an abortion, but should watch an actual abortion be performed before having one themselves? Yes. Finally.
A blog on the Arizona Republic website printed an e-mail that allegedly came from Terri Proud’s state e-mail account. (The post also lists a bunch of crazy laws currently on the floor in Arizona.) And here is this beauteous and apparently unedited e-mail:
Personally I’d like to make a law that mandates a woman watch an abortion being performed prior to having a “surgical procedure”. If it’s not a life it shouldn’t matter, if it doesn’t harm a woman then she shouldn’t care, and don’t we want more transparency and education in the medical profession anyway? We demand it everywhere else. Until the dead child can tell me that she/he does not feel any pain — I have no intentions of clearing the conscience of the living – I will be voting YES.
When asked to comment by the Huffington Post, a Proud spokesperson was told that Proud was too busy “performing legislative duties,” whatever that means.
BUT — when asked for comment by the Arizona Republic blogger, Proud responded with this amazing piece of English. Women, she said, should be educated on surgical procedures,
especially when a foreign object is extracting from a delicate organ.
Er. So a zygote is a :”foreign object”? CONCESSIONS! Reaching across the aisle!
Luckily (although, can’t even believe he has to BOTHER), Proud’s Democratic counterpart, Matt Heinz, did some research and found out that “there are laws in place to prevent spectators from watching surgery, which would include abortions.” So, that’s fine, Proud and her fanclub will just get to work creating a law that defines abortion as murder. If only that were guaranteed to always be a joke and funny, but it is not! [Arizona Republic via Huffington Post]