In case you missed this one from last week, it’s a beaut.
A speech from a Georgia Republican state representative surfaced last week in which he compared women seeking abortions of stillborn fetuses to cows and pigs.
State Rep. Terry England was speaking in favor of HB 954, which makes it illegal to obtain an abortion after 20 weeks even if the woman is known to be carrying a stillborn fetus or the baby is otherwise not expected to live to term.
He then recalled his time working on a farm:
“Life gives us many experiences…I’ve had the experience of delivering calves, dead and alive. Delivering pigs, dead or alive. It breaks our hearts to see those animals not make it.”
Unbelievable. There are no more words to describe these people. It’s as if right-wing crazies all crawled out at the same time from behind rotting woodwork and are now in desperate need to make their presence known.
This is what happens when a political party with a strong history of evangelical lunacy and racism built into its core spends 30 years pandering to nutjobs, extremists and bigots within the party and then wakes up one morning to discover that their President is a black guy named Barack Obama. What you’re currently witnessing is the Republican party’s implosion as the fringe element goes mainstream.
Terry England is not some solitary whack-job talking about the voices he hears in his head which lets him know that pregnant women are no different than cows and pigs. Terry England is a Republican state congressman who is expressing the same type of condescending, dangerous and misogynistic beliefs held by Republican politicians (almost all male) in Texas, Alabama, Virginia, Idaho, Kentucky, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Arizona who wish to pass (or have passed) repressive legislation against women and their reproductive rights.
The insanity has gone viral in conservative and Republican ranks which is what led writer Soraya Chemaly to point out that, “The rest of the civilized world thinks this country has lost its mind.”
Not the entire country; just it’s right-wing. The question is whether enough Americans understand what’s going on before it’s too late.
Here is what a lost mind sounds like when given a bit of power and a microphone.