In the "you-just-can't-make-this-stuff-up" category of the Grothmanesque, Glenn just voted against requiring hospitals to offer rape victims emergency contraception to prevent their getting pregnant from the rape.
No, I didn't make that up. Glenn voted against requiring hospitals to offer a way for women who've been raped to avoid getting pregnant.
Admittedly, sometimes ethical calculus can be a bit tricky, so here's a little quiz.
See how you do.
When a woman is raped, which one of the following is, ethically, the best course of action?
- A) Force her to conceive and become pregnant?
- B) Put her in the position of having to decide between an having abortion and having the rapist's baby?
- C) Prevent the pregnancy in the first place?
Did everyone get "C"?
An update from our colleague Clyde Winter next door in Cedarburg.
Wisconsin Legislature Votes to Protect Rights of Victims of Violent Crime
Wednesday the Wisconsin Assembly voted 56 to 41 in favor of the Compassionate Care for Victims of Rape bill, without amendments. Since that bill was overwhelmingly approved last spring by strong majorities of both parties in the State Senate 27 to 6, it will finally become law after a final reading in the Assembly and the Governor signs it, following five years of obstruction by a small but powerful faction. Thanks to all of you in the grassroots who persisted in struggling uphill for years, and to you who contacted your legislative representatives, your media, and your family, friends, and neighbors and urged them to support this bill.
Over 80 percent of Wisconsin residents approve this bill, so it is about time. Learn more about the issue, and the opposition to this law, here. This crime victims issue and initiative is a national one, and other states besides Wisconsin have either passed this law, or are considering it. Where do YOUR state legislators stand on this bill?
Thank you Clyde.
Glenn was in a minority of six members of the Senate who thought women should be forced to conceive and get pregnant as a result of rape -- or maybe, on a more positive spin, they believed it was some kind of evil social engineering for the government to require hospitals to offer compassionate care to rape victims.
Difficult and terrible dimensions surround the topic of abortion but, ethically speaking, allowing rape victims to avoid pregnancy is neither difficult nor terrible.
NOT allowing them to avoid such a pregnancy is both terrible and... well, insane.
Glenn's position boils down to helping the rapist finish the job.
Those opposed to this bill sometimes use slick logical fallacies to persuade people that "emergency contraception" is the same thing as an "abortion" but you can't terminate a pregnancy if you prevent it from happening in the first place.
Glenn's ideological commitments have once again overcome good sense and simple decency.
I suspect I'm not going to change his mind, so let's have a contest.
Please submit your suggestions for which circle of Dante's Inferno Glenn will have to suffer in the afterlife for this kind of behavior. I promise to post all results and then we'll vote.
I'll cast the first vote: I'm going with Hypocrites and the Fraudulent down in Malebolge [Circle 8].
In the meantime, Wisconsin's women are safe from Glenn's idea of family values.
And so it goes.
Pat Strachota, from whom I'm still waiting to hear, also voted against the Assembly version of this bill.
I note it in passing.