Virginia’s crazy GOP attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli, is running for governor, and I’d just assumed that Virginia’s next attorney general would inevitably be saner.
Meet the GOP’s nominee to replace Cuccinelli, state senator Mark Obenshain. In 2009, he proposed a bill that would require women to report a miscarriage to local or state police within 24 hours, or face up to a year in jail and a $2500 fine. So now what — you have to turn yourself in to the police when your period is late?
Wouldn’t this guy be better suited for attorney general in, oh, I don’t know, Iran, North Korea? A galaxy far, far away?
Could the EPA please check the water in Virginia because something is very f***ed up there?
Like many all over the world, I am saddened and outraged by the death of Savita Halappanavar, who was killed in a Dublin hospital because of a refusal to treat her miscarriage, dooming her to die of blood poisoning.
In addition to anger at her death, I am angry at how it is being framed, as the denial of an abortion. She arrived at the hospital with her fetus miscarrying. There was no way to save this fetus, either inside her body or outside. The fetus was doomed. The issue was providing proper care for her miscarriage, so that she would not die as well.
If we start thinking and talking about basic, established medical care for miscarriages as “abortions,” simply by using this terminology, we are caving to the crazies.
In Ireland, they just unnecessarily murdered a young woman under the sick and twisted guise of being pro-life. If it were up to Paul Ryan and others in the GOP who share his extremist views, the same thing would happen to American women.