Sen. Douglas Henry is claiming in an ad in the Green Hills News that he's "a strong supporter of women's rights," causing women all over his district to choke on their morning Starbucks. As everyone knows, Henry actually is a strong supporter of forcing women to have babies. If he's for women's rights, it's for their right to assemble on Tuesday afternoons to play bridge, nibble on finger sandwiches and sip mimosas.
"I about lost my goo when I saw that because I was so pissed," says the woman who alerted Pith to Henry's ad.
Along with his advanced age, Democratic women are the reason Henry might lose his primary election to Jeff Yarbro. As one insider told Pith when Yarbro announced his candidacy, “If Henry were 15 years younger and didn't have such a terrible rap with Democratic women, he would be untouchable, but neither of those is true. I do not know a single knowledgeable Democratic woman who will vote for him — none, zero.”
This antipathy toward Henry was aggravated last year by remarks he made on the Senate floor. (See the infamous YouTube video above.) During the debate on SJR127, the resolution stripping abortion rights from the state constitution, Henry outraged pro-choice constituents when he explained why he’s against adding rape as an exception to an abortion ban. Henry said:
“Because rape, ladies and gentleman is not today what rape was. Rape, when I was learning these things, was the violation of a chaste woman against her will by some party not her spouse. Today it’s simply, ‘let’s don’t go forward with this act.’”
Henry now says he was merely trying to state the evolution of state law against rape. “That’s what I tried to point out, but I don’t think I did it very articulately,” he admitted in an interview earlier this year, seeming not to understand why anyone might have taken offense.