You might remember when The Onion jokingly described an imaginary Planned Parenthood ‘Abortionplex’, complete with a “state-of-the-art facility, which features an IMAX movie theater as well as multiple fetus incinerators.” Yes, it’s satire, but, as you might imagine, a conservative Republican congressman thought it was real. It was a pretty clear case of being primed to believe the ridiculous–after all, ‘abortionists’ (also known as ob/gyns) are immoral fiends who would murder babies for money, amirite?
We visit the Great State of Tennessee, in which the GOP is divided over the issue of whether pregnant drugs user should be jailed. Republican State Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver, august solon that she is, uttered the following:
Weaver has a dim view of these experts [the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists]. “It’s kind of frustrating to me, a lot of these people, the medical associations in their plush offices — and I am going to be blunt — they are just thinking about the prenatal monies they are not going to get.”
Yes, because there is so much money to made from drug-using women, a fair number of whom will be receiving Medicaid (the representatives from poor, rural Tennessee are the most concerned about this legislation). Besides, I though there was more money to made performing abortions?
Snark aside, this is dreadful public health policy. That aside, how does any sane person think that doctors want to work with some of the most difficult, frustrating cases for money? How far down the rabbit hole of rage and demonization do you have to be to believe this? What a horrible, ugly place. I’m not sure there’s a balm in Gilead for that sin-sick soul.
The only difference between this madness and the spittle-flecked ravings of someone on the subway is that our august solon has better personal hygiene. And in writing that, I am giving these views the respect they deserve–which is to say, none at all.