Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Join The Holy Orgy Kama Sutra, SD Legislators** Or Not. You Won't Legislate It Away.

     Probably because for some of you, obsession with sexual behavior drives your lust to control it via stupid and intrusive legislation.  This just came up in SD's legislature with Senate
Why Not?
The SD Legislature Is In Session
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Bill 72
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which would "prohibit the abortion of an unborn child who is capable of experiencing pain and to provide a penalty therefor."  In original form it passed the Senate, then passed the House in amended form, so it's back in the Senate, where the amended version is being considered.  It's all happening as I write, but it will probably clear the Senate in its House-revised form.  If it does, Governor Daugaard should veto this clunker.  

     For one thing.  the purported "substantial medical evidence" that backs this bill is far from settled.  Section 1 of the bill says that according to that "evidence," a fetus is capable of experiencing pain at 20 weeks.  The collective mendacity of the bill's sponsors on that point is amazing, to the extent that I'm calling them on it--and calling them liars for not disclosing the full body of research and opinions on this. Exhaustive studies recorded by the Journal of the American Medical Association conclude that "evidence regarding the capacity for fetal pain is limited but indicates that fetal perception of pain is unlikely before the third trimester."  JAMA's conclusions were delivered in 2005.  More recently, in 2013, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists concluded that "the statement 'substantial medical evidence recognizes that an unborn child is capable of experiencing pain by not later than 20 weeks after fertilization' is not accurate . . . fetal perception of pain is not likely before the third trimester."
     Cherry picking medical studies that are not supported by the country's leading medical authorities is outrageous enough, but presenting this legislation as some sort of pushback to sexual behavior is disgusting.  That it comes from Republicans like Representative Scott Craig, who represents parts of Pennington and Meade Counties is all the more obnoxious, considering that
SD Legislator's Nightmare
Tell 'em, Janis
we Republicans are the party that enshrines personal rights and freedoms.  Does Craig think personal sexual behavior is exempt from that GOP principle?  Not if you listen to his overwrought speech in favor of SB 72 that denounces our "sex-crazed" society.  You can check out his Cotton Matheresque bombastry at 59:04 of the House discussion on this bill.  The phallus must stand tall in some people's imaginations.

     This bill's premise is a lie.  This bill's attempt at controlling people's behavior is intrusive, if not altogether futile.  It exposes the sex-obsession of elected officials and their need to gratuitously impose their moral standards on the rest of us.  If anybody's sex-crazed, it's the people pushing this unnecessary legislation. 
  



**Apologies to MacDermot, Rado & Ragni and their musical "Hair"

5 comments:

  1. This bill was about protecting a life, not about the sex that resulted in that baby. And if you don't believe that a life starts at conception and if you believe that an unborn baby is only a blob of tissue, there is nothing I can say to change your opinion. And if there is the slightest chance that an unborn baby can feel pain, how in the world can you justify ripping that baby apart via abortion?

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  2. South Dakota: where there's no money for teacher pay, infrastructure, health care, Medicaid, but there's always money for lawsuits.

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  3. For all my sins, I find arguments by anonymous persons less than compelling no matter what position they take.

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  4. I feel the same way, Jerry, but in the interests of advancing the discussion I allow anonymous posts.

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  5. I can't say whether or not a fetus feels pain, but I am positive the woman who must deliver a child only to watch it die fifteen minutes later because of complications detected in the 22d week will experience that condition. As I understand matters, that is exactly the circumstance this bill allows.

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