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Oklahoma legislator Justin Humphrey is making the news rounds after telling the Intercept that pregnant women aren’t people but rather “hosts.” How progressive of Humphrey not to use ‘hostess’, or maybe this was about referring to women as non-human objects, which, in the English language, aren’t gendered? The question up for discussion in the Oklahoma legislature — whether a male partner can veto an abortion — lends support to that possibility.
While they were not quite guests of honor, self-identified pro-life feminists were among those marching for women’s rights on Saturday. This Friday in D.C., a March for Life will put anti-abortion activists’ concerns front and center. We might as whether now, with abortion rates at their lowest since Roe v. Wade, is the moment, but as anyone whose fetus days are long behind them knows full well, there are those who think abortion is evil and those who do not, and for those in the former category, fewer abortions is still too many.
We have, on the one hand, an Ohio legislator, active in getting an anti-abortion “heartbeat” bill approved, offering the following response, in 2012, to a reporter who’d asked him why he imagines women opt to get abortions: “It’s a question I’ve never even thought about.”
New rules in Texas — not proposed rules or rules speculated in the abstract in a philosophy seminar, but actual, real-life rules — require medical facilities that perform abortions to treat fetal tissue as dead bodies, either burying or cremating the tissue in question. A chilling sentence from Tracy Clark-Flory’s Vocativ piece on the story reads: “In response to concerns expressed by activists and the general public, officials have clarified that fetuses will not be required to receive death certificates, and women who miscarry at home do not have to ceremonially bury the tissue.” The rule will, however, apply to the products of miscarriage, should that miscarriage occur at a medical facility.
It can seem almost quaint to think that once, when liberals feared the GOP, we concerned ourselves with things like reproductive rights, as versus OMG IMPENDING FASCISM. But the thing with Trump is, we don’t really know whether he’ll be as fascist as we fear (although I’m team I think he’ll be quite fascist). We know how frightened many are, including but hardly limited to American Jews.