The Heartbeat goes on

On May 7th when Governor Kemp signed HB481 the abortion debate intensified despite the legislation not going into effect until January 1, 2020. Demonstrations and movie studios re-evaluating their Georgia investments continue to dominate the news cycle.

This morning the House Judiciary Committee opened a hearing entitled “Threats to Reproductive Rights in America”. Ranking member and 9th District Congressman Doug Collins had an eloquent opening statement that included in part,

“Contending an unborn child has no life to lose becomes impossible when we reflect — even momentarily — on what an abortion entails. . .. Let us not speak of abortion as a victimless choice. At best, abortions aim to ease one person’s suffering at the expense of another person’s existence. We must cultivate compassion and practical support for women who find themselves pregnant under difficult or oppressive circumstances, and we must protect the most defenseless humans among us — those living in the womb. One person’s reproductive right cannot outweigh another person’s right to live.”

Video of Congressman Collins’ complete opening statement is available here. He spared little in calling out his Committee Chair’s hypocrisy at the close of his statement.

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Grindelwald
Grindelwald

We must cultivate compassion and practical support for women who find themselves pregnant under difficult or oppressive circumstances But we shouldn’t do anything to make oral contraceptives or IUDs more accessible or affordable and we certainly shouldn’t do anything to provide women with better access to affordable pre-natal healthcare if they do become pregnant. We certainly shouldn’t do anything to prohibit private health insurers from labeling pregnancy a “pre-existing condition” and using it to discriminate against women in the provision of health insurance. No no no, can’t have that. All for cultivating compassion, but not at the expense of ‘Merican… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Make contraceptives more accessible or affordable? The Republican objective has been the opposite. And where’s the perfunctory mention of thoughts and prayers?