When Petard Hoisting Goes Horribly Wrong
It seldom ends well when stupid people try to be clever. The latest case in point involves some Democrats in the Georgia legislature:
This afternoon, the House Judiciary (Non-Civil) Committee will take up HB 954, a measure that would prohibit abortions on women who are more than 20 weeks pregnant. Current law prohibits abortions after the second trimester, or about 24 weeks.
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In response, House Democrats have scheduled a 3 p.m. Wednesday hearing at the state Capitol, to propose a bill that would ban Georgia males from seeking vasectomies. From the press release:
“Thousands of children are deprived of birth in this state every year because of the lack of state regulation over vasectomies,” said Rep. Yasmin Neal, author of the bill. “It is patently unfair that men can avoid unwanted fatherhood by presuming that their judgment over such matters is more valid than the judgment of the General Assembly, while women’s ability to decide is constantly up for debate throughout the United States.”
House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams added, “The Republican attack on women’s reproductive rights is unconscionable. What is more deplorable is the hypocrisy of HB 954’s author. If we follow his logic, we believe it is the obligation of this General Assembly to assert an equally invasive state interest in the reproductive habits of men and substitute the will of the government over the will of adult men.”
What really needs to be addressed here is the failure of the Georgia education system. Apparently, these people were mistakenly allowed out of junior high without learning the difference, in terms of the life cycle, between an unfertilized gamete and a viable fetus. I realize that I just used some words the the authors of this bill probably don’t understand so allow me to illustrate the difference between the two in pictures: this and this are fundamentally different in the eyes of both science and the law, and always have been, for reasons that should be obvious to anyone in possession of a human brain.
But there’s yet a more fundamental stupidity at work, here. Let us suppose that the authors of this bill are correct that a woman should have the right to not be pregnant by any means she chooses and at every stage of the reproductive process. See if you can spot the logical error in accomplishing this by outlawing vasectomies.
I’m betting you can.