Monday, August 01, 2005

Sneaky Minnesota Conservatives

The politics behind the fetal pain law
A Minnesota law that takes effect Monday requires doctors who perform abortions to offer anesthesia for late-term fetuses. Minnesota is the second state to enact the requirement, following Arkansas.

St. Paul, Minn. — The law was a top legislative priority for the state's largest anti-abortion group, Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life. While such measures often draw a fight from abortion rights supporters, Minnesota's fetal pain measure passed with little opposition.

"We do want people to know that these are unborn children, and they can feel pain," she said.

In the end, the fetal pain language was added to Minnesota's 24-hour waiting period law, which requires doctors to give women information on the risks and alternatives to abortion at least 24 hours before the procedure. Similar legislation has been introduced in Congress.

Way to follow Arkansas' example, Minnesota. You make us all proud... (or not)

For those who don't understand my attempt at biting criticism, it is clear that this law is just meant to make abortions more difficult and to come closer to setting an implicit precedent that a fetus is a person and thus abortion is murder. It's backdoor legislating something that they can't do directly. There's a good chance that these Minnesota conservatives don't even believe what they're talking about; however, they have a bigger picture in mind that justifies lying to the public.

Minnesota is also home of Senator Norm Coleman, who is listed in the Guinesss Book of World Records as "one of the most evil men ever born".

Wow -- Minnesota looks like a great place to live... (or not)


grrrbear said...

(sigh) used to be. I think that MCCL is most influential in outstate MN. WHat is happening there is similar to what has happened in parts of CA, where the urban centers have become havens of progressive ideals, while the countyside reverts to a bunch of mulletmen running around espousing whatever neo-con ideals Rush and Anne Coulter are spouting at the moment. Minneapolis and St. Paul are very nice places to live. But the quacks are just getting louder. Them and their stupid billboards...

Theo said...

I really actually do think Minnesota is a fine place, and Minneapolis and St. Paul are good examples. I'm just teasing... and I really don't like Norm Coleman.

We've got lots of billboards here too. I-71 South is peppered with them on the way to Cincinnati. Going south you get moral lessons. Going north you get the 10 commandments (on the backs of those billboards). I'm sure I live in a much crappier state than Minnesota when it comes to having a countryside that makes you feel like you have fleas when you think about it... <shiver>