Well, we can add Eric Turner to the list of state legislators who will never know what women want. As Indiana legislators debate an abortion law that would make the procedure illegal past the 20-week mark, the topic of rape and incest came up as someone tried to remind the old boys' club that women aren't just running off for an abortion because "oh, well, the sky is blue today, so why the heck not have an abortion?"
Some legislators want to give women four more weeks to determine if they want an abortion based on rape or incest, extending that legal mark to 24 weeks. But apparently reality doesn't sit well with Turner. Because the state representative, a Republican (surprise, surprise), decided that giving women a little more leeway in cases of rape and incest is a BAD idea. Why? Because they'll lie! Oh, those she-devils!
In an insult to anyone with ovaries, Turner got up on the floor this week to decry the problem with ignoring the (completely unscientific) idea that a fetus feels pain at 20 weeks and giving women a little more time to think about whether or not they want to abort:
I just want you to think about this, in my view, giant loophole that could be created where someone who could -- now I want to be careful, I don't want to disparage in any way someone who has gone through the experience of a rape or incest -- but someone who is desirous of an abortion could simply say that they've been raped or there's incest.
It's a disturbing peek into the mind of a man who is trying to legislate away a woman's right to choose. He's supposed to represent his female constituents, while he's voicing, in a public forum, that he thinks they're a bunch of dirty, stinkin' filthy liars. I wish I could say the video of him on the floor came from 1950, but no. Check it out for yourself, circa 2011:
Ironic coming from a guy who supports an amendment that will require doctors to LIE to their patients, isn't? After all, the Indiana proposal will require doctors to tell their patients that "human life begins at conception" and "the fetus can feel pain at or before 20 weeks." But scientists say that's not true at all, holding "that fetuses are unlikely to be able to feel pain before 26 weeks." Soooo, it's only the people with a uterus who lie, huh?
Of course, we could clear this up for Mr. Turner pretty quickly. If he's so worried about loopholes, there's a simple way to avoid them. Give women their legal right to an abortion, and they won't have to lie about it.
What do you think of Eric Turner's statements?
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