Bubba And His Poor, Pitiful Women

Yesterday, a video leaked of Mississippi Representative Lester "Bubba" Carpenter (pictured above) gloating that he and his anti-choice cronies had passed a bill that could effectively put an end to safe, legal abortion in the state of Mississippi. The money quote:

It's going to be challenged, of course, in the Supreme Court and all — but literally, we stopped abortion in the state of Mississippi, legally, without having to — Roe vs. Wade. So we've done that. I was proud of it. The governor signed it into law. And of course, there you have the other side. They're like, 'Well, the poor pitiful women that can't afford to go out of state are just going to start doing them at home with a coat hanger. That's what we've learned over and over and over.'

But hey, you have to have moral values. You have to start somewhere."

And now everybody's reaching for their smelling salts because, oh my, a politician trying to outlaw abortion doesn't care if women die. You know what I say? Finally. Finally, someone willing to speak the truth. Finally, someone is willing to drop the bullshit about health, safety, and a "culture of life" and admit that he'd rather women die than abortion remain legal.

Instead of wringing our hands, we should be thanking Bubba for the much-needed history lesson; for reminding us that you cannot ban abortion without killing women. We should be grateful to Bubba for being honest about where he wants to take his home state of Mississippi — back to a time when women and young girls filled emergency rooms with serious complications, like perforations of the uterus, retained placentas, severe bleeding, cervical wounds, rampant infections, poisoning, shock and gangrene; when as many as 1.2 million women had illegal abortions every year.

But this shouldn't just be about Bubba. He may be crass (and, perhaps, a little reckless about what he is willing to say on camera) but it would be a huge mistake to think Bubba is some sort of outlier. There is no kinder, softer abortion ban. There is no abortion ban that protects women. There is no abortion ban that will not kill our mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters. Bubba knows it, and he's not alone. Every politician, candidate, and activist who would ban abortion knows it. And it's time the rest of us do too.

So, I say: Where Bubba leads, let us follow. Let's demand that politicians seeking to ban abortion tell us what they really think of women, families, and the sanctity of human life. Make them admit (like Bubba) that if they get what they want, if abortion is made illegal, then women will die and that is a price they are ready to pay. And if you don't like their answer, if Bubba's morals are not your morals, then whatever your views on abortion, maybe it's time to rethink whether we want to give politicians like him the power to make these decisions for us.

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tera powers

The unabashed lack of concern for death row inmates is perhaps understandable, but how these people get away with their vile rhetoric over a LEGAL procedure is beyond me.

Anonymous

I am just speechless. Arizona. Kansas. Mississippi. Why. WHYYYY?!!? Why are you doing this to us? Why can't you just mind your own business and focus on education, better access to health care, a safe place for families to live, cleaner neighborhoods, safer streets? There are so many things you can do to improve life - you don't have to attack women over the choices they make with their own bodies! YOU ARE ALL IDIOTS!

Mommy by CHOICE

What a pompous ass!

Anonymous

LMAO! Doesn't he know fetuses don't vote or pay taxes?

Anonymous

I'm shocked. I would never get an abortion but how dare them to judge other people. They are not God. Just because abortion are now illegal doesn't mean that abortion will not happen. They will happen and maybe just down the street where he lives.

Carolyn Bahm

The only religious values that politicians like this inspire in me is the desire to say, "Jesus Christ" with a certain exasperated TONE. Women throughout Mississippi -- and the U.S. -- should mail him a coat hanger with a note of sympathy that his mother didn't use it. His contact information per his official web page is P. O. Box 1018, Jackson, MS 39215.

Dan Schmidt

This is disgusting. These politicians are playing games with the lives of our daughters, mothers, sisters, and wives. It's unacceptable.
This governor, or the legislature, should be charged with "accessory to assault" or something like that, for every incident of injury that occurs because of a "coat hanger abortion."
The Supreme Court cannot intervene fast enough. It should be a crime for these legislators to be deliberately trying to circumvent the Supreme Court.
Finally, there is no morality in allowing women to maim themselves to save something that they do not want.

averygreenleaf

This man is, among other things, a sociopath. He clearly hates women. The cult of the fetus has got to stop. All of the Right to Lifers want to ban abortion; but once a baby is born, they give up on its welfare. They don't care if it's hungry or cold, has a place to live, a school to go to when it's old enough. The absolute lack of care for a woman and her health is, I think, tantamount to murder.

Anonymous

This article is so well written. I appreciate the persepective given because it's so true. It's so true that so many people really do feel just like Bubba but never really say what's on their mind. They are so entrenched in their conservative beliefs that they really don't care if women die. And just like the article says, whether or not abortion is legal, women will still find a way to terminate their unwanted pregnancies, regardless.

jhenry69

You know I don't mind it when Pro-choice people want to call themselves Pro-choice. It fits the definition, they claim they want the right to legally chose whether to have an abortion or not so if that's what they want to be called, okay. It's not like your a man who insists on being called a woman because he has severe mental issues, no you have a logical point to you're argument, it honestly makes sense to me. But I would like the same courtesy returned my way. I'm pro-life, it's that simple. It's basic biology I'm sure you've heard a thousand times before. I don't call myself anti-choice no matter how much you want to brand me as such. Neither am I anti-women. I'm a husband and father of two lovely, wonderful daughters. I've always encouraged them to be their best and not bow down to anyone but God. They are both class presidents( junior and sophomore class), honor roll students, athletes(volleyball, basketball, track & field, cross country, and golf. Plus both are varsity football managers) they are both headed to college with 3.9 and 4.5 GPAs and have the world by the tail. I've never discouraged them or allowed any racist(they are half Asian) or sexist talk to bring them down. My wife and I get constant praise from friends and teachers, always asking what our secret is, I answer,' Trust in the Lord and read Proverbs. '
And yet because I don't believe that children should be killed in the womb,I and those who think as I do are branded as anti-women, or anti- choice. It's pro-life. I have two wonderful daughters, 15 and 17 yrs old, if they had been aborted in the womb, they would be dead. Just as dead as if they were to tragically die today.
Support an unborn woman's rights! Vote for life!

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