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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Andy & I Agree Yet Again...

Twice In One Week, At That!

Politically, I tend to lean towards the right, but idiotic crap like this is why I steer clear of the Republican Party whenever possible despite my mostly-conservative principles.

What's got me upset? In a nutshell, Indiana Republicans are drafting a law that would require prospective parents seeking reproductive assistance to be licensed by the State. In addition, it calls for criminal penalties for those who bypass the process and go the turkey-baster route.

Here's some tidbits from the story:

Republican lawmakers are drafting new legislation that will make marriage a requirement for motherhood in the state of Indiana, including specific criminal penalties for unmarried women who do become pregnant "by means other than sexual intercourse."

According to a draft of the recommended change in state law, every woman in Indiana seeking to become a mother throu gh assisted reproduction therapy such as in vitro fertilization, sperm donation, and egg donation, must first file for a "petition for parentage" in their local county probate court.

Only women who are married will be considered for the "gestational certificate" that must be presented to any doctor who facilitates the pregnancy. Further, the "gestational certificate" will only be given to married couples that successfully complete the same screening process currently required by law of adoptive parents.

As it the draft of the new law reads now, an intended parent "who knowingly or willingly participates in an artificial reproduction procedure" without court approval, "commits unauthorized reproduction, a Class B misdemeanor." The criminal charges will be the same for physicians who commit "unauthorized practice of
artificial reproduction."

The change in Indiana law to require marriage as a condition for motherhood and criminalizing "unauthorized reproduction" was introduced at a summer meeting of the Indiana General Assembly's Health Finance Commission on September 29 and a final version of the bill will come up for a vote at the next meeting at the end of this month.
OK, you mouth-breathing Hoosier lawmakers... Let me peel back the Foreskin of Ignorance, and apply the Wire Brush of Enlightenment.

When you attempt to apply legislation to innate biological imperatives, it makes you look like complete and utter morons. No, scratch that. That's an insult to morons. At least they generally keep their noses out of other people's affairs.

Laws like this are the reason the lefties call you "Rethuglicans", and "Repugs", and burn you in effigy at Streisand concerts. When you pull crap like this out of your collective paleo-conservative bungholes, you make it almost impossible for me to attempt to reason with Lefties on other issues.

Quit pulling this crap! I'd call y'all a bunch of Nazis, but I hate violating Godwin's Law this early in the day...