The GOP's Crusade to Punish Women Gains Steam: Alabama Is Trying to Make Abortion Illegal, Without Any Exceptions Whatsoever

Over the weekend, Ted Cruz responded to a question regarding his one-time support for banning the sale of dildos, vibrators and artificial vaginas in his home state of Texas. When asked whether he’d move to ban retail sales of sex toys if elected president, Cruz backpedaled


“Look, of course not, it’s a ridiculous question, and of course not,” Cruz told Sliwa on Friday. “What people do in their own private time with themselves is their own business and it’s none of government’s business." [Via Steve Benen]

Great! So, the government shouldn’t interfere with private, personal activities, says Mr. Cruz. Logically speaking, therefore, “private time” could include activities such as smoking marijuana, participating in a same-sex marriage, or, say, having an abortion. All of these activities occur during “private time,” and Cruz clearly said “it’s none of the government’s business” what people do in that time.

Well, then, case closed.

Of course, Cruz doesn’t really believe anyone should have the constitutional right to an abortion. The Republican Party’s small government conservatism ceases to exist when they believe the private activity is a sin against God and his messianic offspring, Ronald Reagan. As the saying goes, Republicans believe government should be shrunken to a size just small enough where it can still lord over the privates lives of American women. 

Such is the case in Alabama, where voters this November could be given the opportunity to ban (or not) all abortions, without exception, by the Alabama state legislature.

NBC News reports:

[T]he Personhood Amendment would allow Alabama voters to answer the question of whether or not life begins at conception through a referendum vote on the November ballot. If enacted as is, Williams says the bill will totally ban abortion at any time during pregnancy with no exceptions.

He does expect amendments to be added to the bill to address situations of pregnancy resulting from rape or pregnancies that pose life-threatening complications for the mother.

Yes, voters in Alabama, known for their obvious expertise in theology, fetal biology, gynecology and philosophy will have an opportunity to exercise their knowledge on those topics while voting in the November general election. This is not unlike asking voters whether, say, neutrinos make up the majority of interstellar dark matter, or whether neutrinos aren’t involved because they generally move about the universe quickly and are therefore incapable of maintaining cohesion—you make the call.

Voters are absolutely not experts in such matters and therefore should be deferred to expert study and debate. Indeed, whether life begins at conception is a vastly complicated medical and ethical issue which is still being hotly contested by supremely educated experts with knowledge in embryonic development, as well as those with advanced degrees in theology. Banning abortions across the board because voters said so is ludicrous on its face, which is clearly why the Republicans want the referendum to be on the ballot. 

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