Sunday, March 12, 2006

Know Your Wingnut

Roger Hunt is the South Dakota state legislator who sponsored the bill outlawing almost all abortions in that state. An article in the Globe and Mail describes him as "a 68-year-old Baptist lawyer," which may mean he's a lawyer for Baptists, or that he's a lawyer who attends a Baptist church.

Quoting Herr Hunt:

"A lot of this discussion about back-alley abortions are myths that were created." "The fear that we're going to have women dying in coat-hanger abortions are largely figments of the imagination."

But here's the best part:
Mr. Hunt also does not think much of the complaints that the bill is too restrictive -- it would allow abortions only if the life of the mother were at risk. Doctors who perform abortions would be subject to fines of $5,000 and jail terms of up to five years.

In drafting the law, Mr. Hunt said he avoided an exception for threats to the mother's health because pro-choice advocates would seize on it to perform abortions on women with emotional, psychological or even financial problems. "It would be a barn door large enough to drive any abortion through it," he said.

The same goes for exceptions in the case of rape and incest. "Three months later, a woman could go into an abortion clinic and say she was raped," Mr. Hunt said. "Who's going to force her to prove it? It would be a fraud on the system."

Got that? The reason there are no exceptions for rape, incest, or danger to the mother's life is because any abortion performed citing those conditions would be a "fraud on the system." Obviously all women who have abortions and all doctors who perform them are lying bastards who can't be trusted to tell the truth.

Project Vote Smart has additional information about this wingnut. Hunt does NOT support:
• Expanding state funding for pre-natal and infant care programs available in the state, including immunizations.

• Providing child care services to welfare recipients who work or attend school.

• Increasing state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.

• Sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.

Hunt DOES support:

• Sex education programs which stress abstinence.

• Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff. (They're going to need space for all those lying sluts and bastard doctors.)

• Expand the use of the death penalty for additional circumstances relating to murder. (Evidently it is OK to kill once out of the womb)

• Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community. (But if that sex offender rapes a woman who then becomes pregnant, she'll have to go through with the pregnancy, but quite probably without much state support. Guess that means the woman should have prevented being raped.)

Roger Hunt: Wingnut.