Let's just retire the lie about conservatives being all about small government. They like small government when it comes to taxes, but when it comes to women, they like their government big, stinky, vile and evil.
Mary Pilcher-Cook is a forced-birth extremist. Once that egg and sperm unite, the vessel carrying them should get a number and their own government watchdog to make sure they do absolutely nothing but grow those cells into a human being. And if it fails? Well, then the vessel had best be ready to report that failure to local government with a damn good reason for why.
HB 2613 initially sought to provide an alternative to the state’s current stillbirth certificate, which some parents believe over-emphasizes their child’s death in an emotionally painful way. Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook (R), one of the most ardent abortion opponents in Kansas,added the miscarriage reporting requirement last week. Now, the bill’s original author is withdrawing his support from his own legislation.
“I can’t support the bill as it was amended,” Kansas Rep. John Doll (R) told ThinkProgress. “I think it waters it down and makes it into a political statement. I wanted a bill to help give closure to some families — I didn’t want it to have anything to do with pro-life or pro-choice issues.”
But Pilcher-Cook frequently wades into these issues. The lawmaker has also attempted tooutlaw surrogacy, weaken the state’s sex ed requirements, levy a sales tax on abortion procedures, and prevent the state’s abortion restrictions from including exceptions for rape and incest. She once pushed for a mandatory ultrasound bill on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade by performing live sonograms on the Senate floor. It’s perhaps unsurprising that she’s turning her attention to a first-of-its-kind state law to regulate women’s miscarriages.
I'll bet this lunatic thinks she's a Christian or something, too. Evidently the point of extreme intrusion into women's most intimate and painful moments is a way to advance the theory of fetal personhood:
“The whole point is to further the idea of the fetus as a person. It’s a way of establishing the groundwork for making abortion harder to get, and eventually illegal,” Nash explained. “This is one tiny piece of that overall effort. At the end of the day, this is not the way to go to provide support for a woman who has had a later miscarriage. This doesn’t make up for the loss of a wanted pregnancy, and could also end up infringing on abortion rights.”
Several other attacks on reproductive rights are also looming large in Kansas. A six-week abortion ban has carried over from the state’s last session, and “personhood” activists in Kansas are also attempting to outlaw all abortions by defining life as beginning at conception. The state has already spent more than $1 million defending its stringent anti-abortion laws over the past three years.
There is no end to the extreme lunacy from these people. It's as if they uncorked the crazy and poured it all out on Republicans everywhere.