Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Anti-Abortion Zealots Launch Campaign of Deception

Posted By on Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Social conservatives are gearing up to trick voters into amending the state constitution next year to strip away abortion rights. Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey helped fill the campaign's kitty at a fundraiser this week. In a sit-down with reporters beforehand, he gave a sneak preview of the talking points.

Pro-lifers have no intention of trying to take away women’s rights, Ramsey said, batting his eyes innocently. Oh no. All they want to do is fix the constitution, which was wrongly interpreted by some liberal state Supreme Court justices, so the legislature can add a few reasonable, commonsense restrictions on abortion. Who can argue with that?

“It cannot do away with abortion in the state of Tennessee. Roe versus Wade is still the law of the land,” Ramsey said, adopting his most reassuring tone. “But I think that most citizens in the state of Tennessee would agree with things like waiting periods … and informed consent, just as you’d have with any other medical procedure to say these are the consequences both pros and cons if you decide to go through with this procedure.”

He also mentioned requiring late-term abortions to be performed in hospitals, not outpatient clinics. “I think that makes perfectly good sense,” he said.

We asked Pith in the Wind’s team of savvy political analysts whether Ramsey is sincere, and they still are rolling around on the floor holding their bellies and laughing. We think that means no.

That’s the flaw in the pro-life crowd’s strategy. When you think of our Republican supermajority, the words “commonsense and reasonable” do not spring to mind. If our constitution is amended, the frothers and maniacs who populate our legislature will do exactly what they're doing in every other red state. They will enact a lot of outrageous laws to humiliate women trying to exercise their rights. A sampling of proposals from around the country:

* Giving grandparents the right to sue for damages if the mother has an abortion.

* Requiring doctors to falsely inform women waiting for abortions that it would give them breast cancer.

* Requiring women who use their health saving account money for abortions to tell their employers.

* And the new favorite of many anti-abortion zealots, requiring women to undergo an ultrasound via vaginal probe before having an abortion.

State Sen. Jim Tracy, trying to bolster his pro-life bona fides before running for Congress, introduced the ultrasound bill last session. But he withdrew it when pro-lifers realized it would hurt their campaign to amend the constitution. They need to contain their inner crazy until after next year’s referendum.

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