Florida Abortion Bill Makes Me Want to Scream UTERUS!

Kim Conte

Florida GOP, avert your eyes!
How ridiculous is this: Florida lawmakers aren't allowed to say the word "uterus." Yet, they are considering an abortion bill that would force women to look at a picture of their uterus before they can obtain an abortion.

My question is: How in the world do they even plan on debating this bill if they can't say certain crucial body parts? (Sign language, perhaps?) Also, are there other "filthy" words that are banned from the House floor as well? Because now that you mention it, "prostate" and "womb" are pretty dirty, and, oh god, what about "gonads"? *GASP!* I should really wash my mouth out with soap ...

It sounds like a joke, doesn't it? But guess what -- it's not. After Rep. Scott Randolph suggested last week during a floor debate that his wife ought to "incorporate her uterus," he was admonished by the GOP for his lack of decorum and told not to discuss body parts -- including the uterus -- on the House floor. The situation makes me want to shout from the rooftops, "Uterus! Uterus! Uterus!" just to watch the Republicans blush and squirm in the face of such crassness.

Yet, these very same Republicans hope to pass a bill next week that would regulate the very same body part they are so intent on banning from discussion. Specifically, it would require Florida women seeking abortions to view an ultrasound and/or listen to a doctor's detailed description of what's in there.

Surely, no matter which side of the abortion rights issue you fall on, you can appreciate the irony of banning That-Which-Must-Not-Be-Named, yet still making laws about it. As Stephanie Kunkel, executive director of the Florida Association of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, bluntly explained:

If the speaker can't bear to hear or say the word 'uterus,' he shouldn't be legislating it.

Frankly, I have to agree. "Uterus" is a perfectly normal, anatomical term used to refer to the part of a woman's body in which the fetus develops. And anyone that is too uncomfortable to talk about it needs to grow up. Or better yet? Stay out of the discussion altogether.

Do you think the word "uterus" is dirty and perverted?


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