When a candidate for office, like Democrat Juan Rodriguez, uses the term “pro-life” to define himself, here is what he is saying: He’s saying, “Unlike other Democrats, who want babies to die, I want them to live.” That’s the exact statement he’s making. What he’s also saying is that he knows absolutely nothing about reproductive rights issues in this state and nation, Whatever bullshit he does think he knows he has learned from some other men just as stupid as him. He believes that voters are equally ignorant and he thinks that just labeling himself as “pro-life” will get him points with “moderate” democrats. He doesn’t even know what it means. He hasn’t thought for a minute about what it means in any way, not in what it literally means, not in the rhetorical situation is creates, not in the groups he is associating himself with and the crimes they have committed against women and the pain and suffering they have caused.
He thinks it’s moderate to declare himself “pro-life.” I suppose he believes extremists stand up for the right of a woman to not be raped by her government. You see? The people he is insulting with his “pro-life” bullshit–the people he is labeling as murderers are literally nothing to him. I’m not exaggerating. I have looked at this man. No one can see me and not understand how deeply and personally HURT I am by his use of this one fucking word. He does NOT care. He doesn’t care. He doesn’t feel bad as a politician or as a human being. I am a non-person to him. And if you have a vagina, so are you. He looked in my eyes. Then he looked over my head. He said, “This is Oklahoma.”
I bet he has no idea of the kind of attacks women have been subject to because of the idiocy he’s buying into. With his insistence on INSULTING us with his “pro-life” branding. the consequences of electing stupid politicians who label themselves as pro-life in an effort to gain the support of people and organizations who lobby for laws that will shame, punish, torture and oppress women. It’s likely he has not thought at all about those laws that he will mindlessly vote for, like Randy Bass and Joe Dorman have, and many other Democrats. Like them, he knows that the idiotic anti-abortion laws he’ll vote for will be defeated in the Supreme Court at tax-payers expense. That’s the beauty of it. He will gladly participate in a political theater that will show how pro-life and pro-Jesus he is without ever having to take responsibility for the terrible consequences of those laws–because THEY KNOW those laws will be challenged and defeated in court. SEE? They use our human rights–the human rights of women in the State of Oklahoma as nothing more than a theatrical flourish–branding. You know how some cans of Tuna say they are Dolphin Friendly so that people will buy them. This is like that except instead of dolphins it’s women and instead of “friendly,” it is pure disdain. And instead of Tuna, what you’re buying is a spineless, useless, scumbag of a politician who would step on a woman’s throat if it means making his contributors happy.
That’s what he’s saying when he says he’s “pro-life.” I don’t think he knows that. I keep trying to explain it to him, but I can’t do it without yelling at him, and he won’t listen anyway. Maybe someone else can tell him. He doesn’t have to use that word. He doesn’t have to invite that conversation that he is clearly intellectually unprepared to carry out. He can just SHUT THE FUCK UP about his goddamned stupid non-ideas about abortions, and that would be enough to at least make me not want to vomit every time I see his stupid signs.
I would not vote for this man. I would not vote for any man or woman who proudly wears a “pro-life” label. Never. There is nothing about him that is good or useful enough to cause me to cast a vote for a person who promises to absolutely thoughtlessly vote away my basic human rights. And that IS what will happen. Some moron will come up with another personhood atrocity and he will vote for it. He’ll do so knowing that he’ll face the anger of people like me. He doesn’t care. I am less than human to him. I am nothing to him. None of us are. Don’t kid yourself about that, women friends. You are shit to this man.