Steve King is a real piece of work. He’s almost a self-parody at this point. His racist views earned him the censure of Congress in January, after he was quoted as saying, “white nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” and Kevin McCarthy stripped him of all his committee assignments. Now, King is advocating an all-inclusive abortion law, that would not even allow abortion in the case of rape or incest. Just like in Game of Thrones, King explains how rape and incest is normal and a part of everyday life. Des Moines Register: “What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled out anyone who was a product of rape or incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that?” he said in Urbandale, Iowa. “Considering all the wars and all the rapes and pillages that happened throughout all these different nations, I know that I can’t say that I was not a part of a product of that.” The Kiron Republican was discussing his defense of not allowing exceptions for rape and incest in the anti-abortion legislation he tried to pass in Congress. Republican leadership had prevented bills he sponsored on banning abortions from advancing through the House, despite GOP support for the measures, King said. Just because a conception happened in bad circumstances doesn’t mean the result isn’t a person, King, who is Catholic, argued. “It’s not the baby’s fault for the sin of the father, or of the mother,” he said. There’s no question King was born under a bad sign with a blue moon in his eye, victim of rape or incest or not. Interesting how Republican “family values” have morphed since the days of Reagan, isn’t it? For the record, King’s doubling down on his earlier racist comments, saying that the United States is the “flagship of Western civilization.” He should go run that idea past Donald Trump. Trump thinks that any reference to western thought or civilization pertains to hippies in California, so their conversation should be one for the books. I can’t wait.
WARNING: This article contains intense imagery. Nature frequently goes awry. Who knows why some cells metastasize into cancer, or why a fetus doesn’t properly develop? Such are the mysteries that medicine is challenged by and seeks to answer. in many states, the law will not allow an abortion for any reason past a certain point […]
If anybody thinks the Handmaid’s Tale is the story of a dystopian future of a society bereft of reason, read this post by an evangelical mother of ten, who emphatically states that women’s bodies are not their own and it is not for them to say how many children they’re going to have — and […]
Pastor David Barnhart of St. Junia United Methodist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, delivered a powerful sermon on Facebook last June to the generation of vipers and hypocrites who are passing forced birthing legislation there and across the nation. It is worth revisiting: “They are, in short, the perfect people to love if you want to claim you love Jesus but actually dislike people who breathe.” Truer word were never spoken. Thank you, Pastor Dave. Please follow me on Twitter @durrati
To say Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is upset about Republican efforts to craft an anti-choice bill that will wind its way through the courts to deliver a fatal blow to Roe v. Wade before the Supremes would be a gross understatement. She is righteously pissed…. …”a creepy theological order led by a mad king.” I’m quite sure I’ve never read a more succinct, accurate description of the GOP in the age of Trump. Kudos to AOC for crafting the Tweet of the Week. Please follow me on Twitter @durrati
The State of Georgia, if this is news to you, is a prime location for television and movie shoots. Indeed, it is considered by many to be the top filming location in the world. Despite that, Georgia recently shot itself in the foot with the entertainment industry, and it could cost them dearly. There is no point in debating the tactics or effect. Ethically, as an employer, I cannot ask my female colleagues to work in a jurisdiction where their health care options are curtailed and their civil rights are specifically compromised. They have to work elsewhere. https://t.co/jslJqBlnB0 — David Simon (@AoDespair) May 10, 2019 Simon’s production company, Blown Deadlines, is one of three production companies who have said they won’t continue to do business in Georgia, after Gov. Brian Kemp signed his near-total abortion ban into law on Tuesday. The other two companies are Killer Films and Duplass Brothers Productions, and CounterNarrative Films swiftly followed suit. Don’t give your business to Georgia. Will you pledge with me not to film anything in Georgia until they reverse this backwards legislation? — Mark Duplass (@MarkDuplass) May 9, 2019 Killer Films will no longer consider Georgia as a viable shooting location until this ridiculous law is overturned. — Christine Vachon (@kvpi) May 9, 2019 Add my company CounterNarrative Films (w/ #jcchandor & @annagerb) to the list. No Georgia filming on any of our projects until this law is gone. We’re with you @kvpi @MarkDuplass & @AoDespair https://t.co/KL4hFogV1y — Neal Dodson (@nealdodson) May 10, 2019 Think Progress: The Writers Guild warned that Hollywood crews would leave the state over the abortion ban in March, when the legislature considered passing the bill. The union group told BuzzFeed News it stands by its statement, adding that lawmakers are making the state “an inhospitable place for those in the film and television industry to work, including our members.” Alyssa Milano, who sent local lawmakers a letter signed by 50 other actors opposing the ban in March, also said she’s boycotting Georgia. She said she won’t return to the Netflix show Insatiable if the third season is filmed in Georgia. If the State of Georgia is committed to living in medieval times, that’s it’s business. But it looks like they’ll be doing it with less cash in the coffers. I really hope that this boycott shakes Georgia to the rafters. This new law is sick. It describes a fetus as a “natural person” and stands to criminalize an abortion at any time after six weeks — which in the real world is a time when most women don’t even know they’re pregnant. The law is beyond draconian, it’s flat out misogynist insanity. I’m glad to see people standing up to it and hitting Georgia where it hurts, straight in the pocket book. I hope we see more of this. This is grassroots activism at its finest.