Forced-birth activists get respect in Montgomery. I’ve seen so-called ‘pro-life’ organizations bus in hundreds of people during the annual 30-day regular session of our state legislature to lobby their representatives on whatever creative new bills the forced-birth activists have come up with to make the lives of women as hellish as possible. Underlining the paranoid obsession these folk have with security, you cannot take part in their activities unless your pastor vouches for you. Their disinformation efforts involve self-described ‘experts’ touting pseudoscience, ‘testimonials’ by people with dubious claims of abortion injury or survival, and the fervid prayers and piety of the self-righteous. And it always works.
The latest forced-birth outrage in the Heart of Dixie is a law that lets the state appoint a lawyer to represent the fetus in cases where a young woman must go to court to enforce her rights. The most offensive thing about this law is the large number of Alabamians who need legal services of some kind or another, but can’t obtain them thanks to deep-reaching austerity measures and budget cuts. It’s a feature, not a bug, of forced-birth politics that their schemes always elevate the ‘rights’ of an unborn fetus over the actual, real, not-imaginary constitutional rights of post-birth Americans. Last night, Jessica Williams of The Daily Show delivered a pitch-perfect segment lampooning the situation. It’s embedded above. Enjoy!
I was just putting off reading another article about this when my boyfriend happened to switch it over to The Daily Show. When this came on, I literally yelled at the tv, “Oh, THIS one!!!” (BF looked at me like I was crazy, but he knows how I get about this topic … ) I kinda went “Damn, she hit the nail on the head there!” when she brought in the doll and said “So this is a fetus at 220 months gestation, he needs a lawyer”, and the guy goes, “But that’s not a fetus, I can’t represent him … ”
Not that the anti-choicers will get that.
After it was over, I looked at my BF (who migrated to NY from AL two years ago), and said, “As a former inmater, err, resident, I just have to ask you this: What the f**k is WRONG with Alabama?!” He just looked at me, opened and closed his mouth a time or two, then walked away. I said, “Not going near that one, eh?” “Nope! Not with a ten foot pole!”