Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Plus, it will make you go blind

I love that Democratic state senators across the U.S. are finding creative ways to frustrate attempts by right-wing extremists to pass radical "personhood" constitutional amendments. Basically, these laws would define life as starting the moment the egg is fertilized. When put to a referendum last year in ultra-conservative Mississippi the amendment failed to win enough votes.   

Last month, I wrote about State Senator Janet Howell's (D)  introduction of an amendment to Virginia's version of a "personhood" amendment that would require men to undergo rectal exams in order to get prescriptions for Viagra.
Now, let me introduce you to Oklahoma State Senator Constance Johnson (D):
 Undaunted by the monumental failure of Personhood USA's push to declare fertilized human eggs exactly the same as grown ass adults in Mississippi, conservatives in Oklahoma have pushed forward with their own Personhood Bill. But one Democratic smartass isn't having it, and she finds the whole thing so absurd that she tacked on an amendment of her own that would outlaw the spilling of semen in any location other than a woman's vagina. State Senator Constance Johnson of Oklahoma City has served Oklahoma's 48th Senate District since 2005, but it was yesterday's introduction of Senate Bill 1433 that really pushed her over the edge. The bill sought to define human life as beginning at the moment of conception, before it's even implanted in the womb, and offers full legal protection to those tiny multicelled lumps. In the words of the bill, "the unborn child at every stage of development (has) all the rights, privileges, and immunities available to other persons, citizens, and residents of this state." 
Johnson's amendment:
"However, any action in which a man ejaculates or otherwise deposits semen anywhere but in a woman's vagina shall be interpreted and construed as an action against an unborn child."
Loooooooooove it!!!

Since I'm not in the U.S. and have to miss out on all the fun, what are the attitudes of average Americans towards fundamentalist bullshit like the "personhood" amendments? Are people even aware just how crazy the extremists really are?

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