A friend of mine sent me a link to an article by Texan, Kurt Eichenwald, who was in the midst of a health scare. His wife had just been diagnosed with breast cancer during the rancorous debates over a draconian bill that not only takes away women’s rights to make decisions about their own bodies, but puts their health at risk.
The bill was submitted by Texas Representative Jodie Laubenberg. During the debates, many of which I listened to live, it was evident she did not have a clue as to what was in the bill, the repercussions of the bill, or the grassroots movement that would grow from the attempt to pass and the passage of the bill.
This representative revealed her incompetence and ignorance when, on the House floor, she said that rape kits used by law enforcement to collect evidence can prevent pregnancy. She played the part of being unaware of the ultimate consequences of her bill. Mr. Eichenwald did not. He states categorically the following.
“You, Rep. Laubenberg, will be a murderer, no different than some street punk who shoots up a liquor store. His weapon is a gun; yours, a smug satisfaction with your limited understanding of health policy. If Theresa and I were among the rural poor, she would now almost certainly be one the may people you would kill as a result of her inability to gain access to breast screenings. And for that, you deserve not only our contempt, but the contempt of every decent human being with the humility and intelligence to recognize the impact of the legislation you have “written,” yet aren’t bright enough to understand.” [Source]
For those who may think his statement is uncivil, they should read the bill. It is is more than an ideological document for the uninformed; it tacitly creates the potential for high profit abortion centers even as it claims to want to stem abortions.
The following statement by Mr. Eichenwald is prescient.
“Many Republicans, either out of self-delusion or deceit, deny they are causing any such thing. But there is no question that, in their obsession with zygotes, embryos, and non-viable fetuses as part of their supposed pro-life stance, they are effectively murdering real, walking, talking women – mothers and daughters, grandmothers and sisters, all sacrificed on an altar of Pecksniffian hypocrisy and contemptible disregard by people who have the insurance, connections, and available health care to feel certain their politics won’t kill their loved ones. Perhaps Theresa and I are re-directing our anger from the cancer, but so be it; our rage has focused on the financially comfortable, morally blind, and arrogantly self-righteous who tyrannically conspire to rob poor women of years of life they might otherwise have. It is for this reason that Theresa is willing to disclose her condition, in hopes that, in doing so, we will help highlight how politicians are blithely choosing to kill women who are not as fortunate as she is.” [Source]
He need, however, not despair. Much of the evil that has been placed into law in Texas – restrictions on women’s rights, restrictions on women’s reproductive rights, concessions to business over concessions to humans, and denial of healthcare for the poor and working poor by refusing to accept Medicaid expansion in the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) – has awakened the sleeping giant of Texas progressives. Sometimes a kick in the stomach is needed before a populace gets off their rear end and engages positively in the body politic. They have been awakened.