Of all the ignorant, extremist, asinine, lunatic, anti-reproductive rights legislation ever pushed in this country, this is stupidity at its best:
“Personhood USA is petitioning the US Supreme Court to appeal the Oklahoma Supreme Court decision to block a personhood ballot initiative in April. The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled unanimously April 30th against a proposed amendment to the Oklahoma constitution that would grant “personhood” rights to human embryos, calling it “clearly unconstitutional.”
The picture above is what they want to define as a “person”; at this stage it is approximately 1/12 of an inch. (that’s not 1/2 mind you, that’s 1/12)
With a bottleneck of crazies all desperate to be GOP players, how does one claw his way to significance? Why perfecting the party’s ignorant rhetoric of course. State Rep. Larry Pittman (R from where else but N. Carolina) was quoted in Think Progress today:
[Planned Parenthood] “is a murderous organization…getting wealthy on murder for hire. It deals out nothing but deception, death, personal devastation, and moral degradation. Never will I agree to give that bloody, indecent, immoral organization one penny. I will not be satisfied until it is outlawed.
My sources tell me that 75 percent of [Planned Parenthood’s] income comes through abortions…”
One never knows whether these guys’ “sources” are the anti-choice voices, or the voices in their heads. Think Progress also reported on an email this idiot sent out to his fellow state legislators back in January, where he wrote:
“If murderers (and I would include abortionists, rapists, and kidnappers, as well) are actually executed, it will at least have the deterrent effect upon them. For my money, we should go back to public hangings, which would be more of a deterrent to others, as well.”
Before we get carried away, let’s test that deterrence theory on psychotic lawmakers first.
In Louisiana, which is Jindal territory, they make the claim:
“Despite Louisiana’s progress over the last decade, one out of every three students in Louisiana is performing below grade level. This is unacceptable and requires a systematic approach to achieve meaningful and sustainable improvement.”
Charter schools are big there which is no surprise, it’s a conservative state; but while the Governor’s website claims in the Charter Schools Parents’ Brochure (my emphasis):
LA Revised Statute 17:3971—4001
Chapter 42, Section 3996(20)C
A charter school established and operated in accordance with the provisions of Louisiana Charter School Law shall comply with state and federal laws and regulations otherwise applicable to public schools with respect to civil rights and individuals with disabilities.
the truth is, women and young girls are expected to check their civil liberties at the door when it comes to government services (even though they pay taxes that fund these services); like I said, it’s a conservative state. Administrators of the publicly funded Delhi Charter School seem to think civil rights laws don’t apply to their school, as RHRealityCheck reports (my emphasis):
“…According to its Student Pregnancy Policy, the school has a right to not only force testing upon girls, but to send them to a physician of the school administration’s choice. A positive test result, or failure to take the test at all, means administrators can forbid a girl from taking classes and force her to pursue a course of home study if she wishes to continue her education with the school.”
This is in blatant violation of federal law and the U.S. Constitution.
What kind of parents put their daughter in a school with a policy like that? And what kind of Governor allows this to go on in his education system?
In other reproductive rights news: Legal Cases
- Hope Medical Group for Women v. LeBlanc
- Challenge in federal court to a Louisiana law that exposes abortion providers to legal liability and exempts them from medical malpractice suit restrictions. Current Status: In March 2012, the U.S. District Court issued a permanent injunction against the law.
- Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region and Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee v. John J. Dreyzehner
- Challenge to Tennessee decision to stop allocating federal disease prevention funding to Planned Parenthood.
- ACLU v. Conti
- Challenge to North Carolina decision to issue a pro-life license plate, while refusing to approve a pro-choice license plate.