by Teri McGrath
TW Shannon told me that government has always controlled people and should. I don’t know if he necessarily said that he can make up whatever rules he wants, but I know he said something to a friend of mine in an email that might suggest that.I think Shannon and others will feel that this legislation is an effort to protect lives. They think that voting “No” will mean that they are not interested in protecting innocent children. The underlying assumption here seems to be that women in the state of Oklahoma are so prone to aborting their fetuses, government must intervene. The problem is this legislation will do much more harm than any good it could possibly do–in terms of limiting the number of abortions performed in this state This legislation makes TW Shannon’s daughters and wife the property of the state and will force them to bear children regardless of their circumstances.The implications of this bill are horrifying. I think we should write letters about it, but I think the first thing we must do is ensure that everyone, including Shannon and all of our representatives, know exactly what they’re voting on. For some people the question this bill seems to pose is, “Do you love babies ?”We need to make sure that the questions they’re really answering when they vote on this bill are questions like, “Should women be forced to bear children?” “Is it the job of government to monitor all pregnancies?” “Is it the roll of government to control people lives?”
No. No is the answer to all of those questions. NO.
The bill is not about abortion at all. We’re not going to ban or end abortion. If this legislation passes, it will be challenged in the courts, and it will be defeated. Is Oklahoma willing to spend a shit load of money on what amounts to political theatre? Is it in the best interest of our elected officials to participate in such theatre? I don’t think so. I think we’re going to start getting rid of all the puppets in our state legislatures really quickly. They’re going to have to start showing themselves to be useful, or they’re going to be out of their jobs.
I will believe that our leaders are interested in working for the people of this state when I see them producing legislation that promotes sex education and safe sex practices and when I see them promoting programs that protect and help pregnant women and families. Right now, they seem mostly focused on trying to control us.
I’m going to get a hold of a petition, or draft one if I can’t find one. And I’m going to write personal letters to each of our reps. I wonder if we could make this a letter to TW Shannon–an open letter. And send that in?
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