Some Tea Party douche in the Texas legislature shat forth an amendment so terrible that even some Republicans objected. (!!!) And here I thought there was no practical limit to the amount of shitweaselry the Texas legislature could get up to.
Rep. Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler) put forward an amendment that would make it illegal to terminate a pregnancy after 20 weeks, even if a fetus “has a severe and irreversible abnormality,” effectively forcing families with wanted, but unsustainable pregnancies to carry to term at the behest of the state and against the advice of their doctors or their own wishes.
And to think some people actually balk whenever I call these assholes Forced Birthers. Hey, why don’t we ask Savita Halappanavar what she thinks of this idea? Oh wait, we can’t. Because she’s dead, having been denied an abortion during the miscarriage of her non-viable, 17-week-old fetus. See, that’s how “pro-life” works.
Anyway, this Schaefer d00d was not quite finished being an epic asshat just yet:
Schaefer said, during debate over his amendment, that suffering is “part of the human condition, since sin entered the world.”
WHAT. There is of course no such thing as sin entering the world. But suffering is indeed very much part of the human condition—and this turns out to be especially true wherever conservatives abound. That is just a fact.
I am inclined to agree with a Facebook acquaintance, who said:
I’d like to introduce an amendment that would make it illegal for Matt Schaefer to seek medical attention for any reason, because suffering is part of the human condition.
Except that unlike Mr. Schaefer, I do not relish the thought of causing or increasing the needless suffering of other people. Nor would I ever flippantly justify my violent sadism by citing a sadistic fairy tale. I mean, how nasty a piece of work are you when even some of your fellow Texas Republican legislators condemn your anti-abortion amendment?
Even some Republican lawmakers opposed Schaefer’s proposal, casting it as a cruel and unnecessary intrusion into the lives of grieving Texans.
“Why should the heavy, blunt hand of the government come into that most heartrending decision?” said Rep. J.D. Sheffield (R-Gatesville), a medical doctor.
“Because I just loooove the idea of pregnant Texans suffering horribly and possibly even dying for absolutely no reason whatsoever!” said Rep. Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler).
NO HE DID NOT SAY THAT. I totally made that up. Or perhaps I accurately translated his thoughts and actions into words, hmmm? Not enough Republicans objected to Schaefer’s amendment—it passed. Fortunately, a Democrat used a procedural block that put the legislation back in review, no doubt to rise from the dead and plague us again another day.
Rest assured that while ensconced in the Palace Abattoir, Mr. Schaefer will receive all the extra-special attention he deserves. We just want to help him get more in touch with the human condition.