It's getting harder and harder for me to ignore the fetus fetish crowd. Every time I turn on the television or radio lately I'm subjected to somber warnings concerning Amendment 1 here in Tennessee, and the newspapers have been running editorials and letters on the subject for weeks.
Amendment 1, for those of you who aren't fortunate enough to live in the Volunteer State, is a GOP sponsored dog whistle wedge issue on the midterm ballot designed to help our rosy red legislature make abortions impossible to obtain in Tennessee. That's not how it's being sold, of course, because the majority of people still support legal and safe abortion rights in this country. No... it's being sold as a compassionate way to make sure women aren't subjected to unregulated or unsafe clinic conditions when they go in for a procedure. It's all very slick, what they're trying to do, but if you know what time it is it's pretty obvious they're simply trying to find a way to circumvent Roe v Wade here in cracker country. Reproductive clinics in Tennessee are very tightly regulated, and they're as safe as any hospital anywhere... but if they can sell this Amendment as an effort to protect those "poor women in their time of need", well, there you go.
On top of the constant barrage of anti-abortion noise from the right concerning this amendment to our state's constitution, now I'm reading that some folks are upset because potentially lifesaving Ebola vaccines are being developed from embryonic stem cell lines.
Oh, perish the thought!
There's a group out there called Children of God for Life that is organizing petitions and protests, because discarded unborn zygotes from fertility clinics are WAY more important than actual post-birthed sufferers all over the globe. Seriously. They're opposed to an Ebola vaccine if it's developed from an embryonic stem cell line.
Let me end this little rant as quickly as possible, because I'm beginning to get pissed...
Let's see how quickly the average fetus worshiping conservative changes his or her tune once they (or someone they love) contracts Ebola. My guess is they'll take their oozing orifices to the nearest Ebola clinic and push their way to the front of the line for one of those embryo soup injections just like those of us who DON'T spend all of our time and money worrying that every sperm is sacred.
These gung-holier-than-thou assholes make me wanna hurl. They moan and groan over a clump of cells the size of a Tic Tac, but turn a blind eye to actual children who are dying of this disease in Africa. It's hard for me to get my head around that. They'll stand out in the rain and sing to save the life of one unborn baby, but won't lift a finger to save thousands of living, breathing, walking, talking children who could use their compassion and concern right fucking now.
There really should be a name for the psychosis that makes that possible.