And speaking of the bottomless barrel

unbranded-bullshit-stampThe “torture/abortion” meme, illustrated by the moronic cartoon I posted about the other day, seems to be the new anti-choice talking point making the rounds. The latest batshit-crazy whackadoo to buy that ticket and take her readers on the ride is fetusfan Naomi Lakritz, who commences foaming her way through a column in yesterday’s Calgary Herald thusly:

Barely 10 days before his inauguration, President Barack Obama appeared on ABC’s This Week program to remind Americans that “I have said that under my administration we will not torture.”Well, Mr. President, if you are a man of your word, and you find torture abhorrent, you cannot also go ahead with passing the Freedom of Choice Act. If waterboarding at Guantanamo is torture, then so is the piercing of a full-term infant’s skull with a scissors and the suctioning out of its brain in a partial-birth abortion. If it is inhumane to subject a suspected terrorist to a simulation of his own drowning death, how much more so is it to torture and kill a helpless baby at the moment of birth?

Obviously there’s No Time To Waste, as babies are being Tortured even as we speak. FIRST paragraph in and the bullshit is already thick in the air like locusts”.

Bullshit the first: The procedure Naomi so spittle-fleckingly describes is never done, as “full-term infants” are never aborted. I don’t think it’s going out on a limb to suggest that most doctors, confronted with a 9-months-pregnant woman who’s suddenly snapped and no longer wants the baby, would advise waiting a few more minutes and adopting it out.

Bullshit the second: The Freedom Of Choice Act would only prohibit government restrictions on abortion up to the point of fetal viability (with the usual exceptions for medical emergencies). It maintains the status quo with regard to late-term abortion, including the infamous “partial-birth” abortion ban.

These and other anti-choice lies and propaganda about FOCA are debunked by Snopes, here.

But that doesn’t stop the demented Naomi from continuing her psychotic rant:

If the mother is such a ditz she can’t decide after 40 weeks of pregnancy what to do about it, there is no reason why she should reserve the right to abort up to the last minute.

Never mind the “up to the last minute”, which any sane person knows is utter tripe. “Such a ditz” — yes, that’s definitely how I’d characterize a woman (and her family) faced with the heartbreaking decision of terminating a pregnancy that was wanted and joyfully anticipated but by some cruel whim of nature, was not to be.

If I believed in Hell, I’d be sure that there’s a special corner table reserved for hideous self-loathing misogynists Naomi Lakritz and Barbara Kay.

(h/t – Calgal in the comments)

15 Responses to “And speaking of the bottomless barrel”

  1. 1 DaisyDeadhead Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 11:59 am

    Check out my story here… in SC, forcing pregnant women to view ultrasounds of fetuses before abortions along with a 24 waiting period.

    Several of my commenters were like “huh?”–I had to explain to them that the intention is that the forced-ultrasound-viewing will make the woman change her mind. (The bill has passed in the SC House.)

  2. 2 JJ Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Great post Daisy, what on earth is going on down there? I’ve also read other states are looking at this kind of obstructionist action as well, with waiting periods and ultrasound.

    The ultrasound is stupid — what are they going to do, strap the woman into a chair, restrain her from moving her head and keep her eyes open with toothpicks? What a waste of money! Who’s supposed to pay for it?

    I also don’t understand the “waiting period” — presumably the woman has thought things out well in advance of the procedure, so it’s kind of redundant. Just another reason for the government to somehow be involved in women’s business that they have no place in, IMO.

    You guys need a little of Canada’s reproductive anarchy 8) Hopefully with FOCA you’re on your way.

  3. 3 fern hill Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    I just did a little round-up of what the USian fetus fetishists are getting up to. And have a look at what mattt found in Utah.

  4. 4 Calgal Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    One of the problems with this kind of irresponsible bullshit, is she is whipping up the troops. And she knows it of course.

  5. 5 JJ Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    fern hill – Good post over there, well done. It is absolutely frightening what they get up to down there. This is the problem with abortion being a legal rather than a strictly medical issue — anti-choicers are a lot more free to fuck with it by pushing for all these shit-headed little obstructionist laws and ballot initiatives.

  6. 6 JJ Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Calgal – It’s absolutely irresponsible journalism, if you could even call it “journalism”. I’d argue that anything so full of incendiary bullshit as Lakritz’s column is nothing but straight propaganda — it’s the same stuff SUZANNE writes, day in day out.

    Thanks again for the link.

  7. 7 deBeauxOs Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Exactly. Do you remember when Blob Blogging Wingnut was all like, abortion is to slavery what fetus are to blacks?

    No opportunism was too cheap for HER to exploit, no turn of phrase too trite to play on, no bait and switch too simple-minded to blog.

    Now that the African-American pro-choice Barack Obama has been elected, you don’t see SAINTE-NITOUCHE use that ploy much anymore.

  8. 8 JJ Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    deBeauxOs – Oh, she’s started using it again. There was a thread last week where she was quoting from some other fetusfetishist that was comparing slavery to “fetal slavery” (wish I had an eyerolly emoticon).

    Then her wacko commenter Ken put in his 2 cents worth and they discussed how history will look upon those who oppressed the fetus, so I chimed in with “Some day a fetus will be president of the United States”.

  9. 9 deBeauxOs Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Gee, I don’t know about that, JJ. You need a US birth certificate to become US president. Would a pre-born qualify?

  10. 10 JJ Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Sure, they’d even have drivers licenses in the world according to BBW. They’d probably only be able to drive SmartCars, though.

  11. 11 mouthyorange Sunday, February 1, 2009 at 3:17 am

    “You need a US birth certificate to become US president. Would a pre-born qualify?”

    Wait a minute. Doesn’t the fact that a fetus becomes a citizen of the country its ambulatory incubator happens to be in at the moment it is born reflect the historical wrong of fetuses not having legal personhood? To correct this, ambulatory incubators could be forbidden from leaving the country they are citizens of once it’s known that they are pregnant, until after the fetus is born there. But what if they’re travelling when they find out they are pregnant? And, worse, what if they *conceive* while they are travelling? Better put laws out to make sure women don’t fuck anyone, including their husbands, when they’re away from their own country. Or maybe if they fuck only their husbands then the freshly conceived fetus could be considered to be a citizen of its married parents’ own country after all; but doesn’t it encroach upon the rights of the fetus to have its citizenship decided by its parents’ citizenship? And what if one of the married parents has dual citizenship? I guess the only solution is to not allow women to fuck when they’re not in their own country. The state should lock some kind of chastity belt on them whenever they’re leaving to lie on a beach somewhere else. It could become part of the routine of going through airport security.

    On the other hand, the problem of fetus citizenship could be better solved by dissolving all national citizenships and granting all fetuses nation-transcending world citizenship right away. That’s my progressive solution to the problem.

  12. 12 Pregnancy Information Monday, February 2, 2009 at 7:37 am

    Pregnancy is a divine gift that only women are endowed with, and the right must remain with them to accept that gift or not.

  13. 13 Beijing York Monday, February 2, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    If the mother is such a ditz she can’t decide after 40 weeks of pregnancy what to do about it, there is no reason why she should reserve the right to abort up to the last minute.

    Aside from the fact that it’s a bullshit statement, this fetus fetishist reveals like so many of her ilk that they just don’t understand the concept of “rights”. Rights aren’t earned, they are universally enshrined.

  14. 15 mabby Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 4:42 am

    like yer style dude

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