How hypocritical is it that now that the election is over, the majority faction of the MT GOP – which finds most of its supporters pronated at the feet of TEA Partier Wendy Warburton (R-Havre)– doesn’t seem to have a problem with the government interference it railed against during the election?
Warburton wants the government to mandate, in the constitution: you get pregnant, you keep your baby – even if it kills you. Even if you were raped. Even if you were a victim of incest. Even if you were too young to sign a binding legal document – a contract – when you got pregnant, you’re old enough to agree to keep the baby.
In the Montana legislature, the situation is even more absurd. According to legislation that is speeding past the Governor’s veto pen because it a constitutional referenda referred by the legislature directly to voters, you could soon risk going to jail for having a miscarriage.
Warburton’s proposal is so poorly worded (hopefully not intentional) that it would force the state to investigate women who miscarry a pregnancy (which happens 20% of the time). Yes, the government can now decide that you fell down those stairs intentionally – in order to trigger a miscarriage.
Similar proposals have failed to pass year after year, session after session, under both Republican or Democratic control. The idea is so unpopular that its bedraggled supporters failed four years in a row to even get the signatures necessary to qualify this amendment to the constitution on the ballot as an initiative.
If their strategy is based on the fact that the current legislature is profoundly more
stupid hypocritical then the voters at large, I’d have to concede that point.Tweet