Anti-Abortion Male Republican: ‘Sacred Sperm’ Bill Is ‘an Egregious Attack on Personal Liberties from the Government’

A “personhood act” passed by Republicans in the Oklahoma Senate earlier this year would ban all abortions, including in cases involving rape and incest. If the bill passes out of the legislature and the state’s Republican governor signs it into law, control over the reproductive systems of Oklahoma women will effectively be taken from the women themselves and handed over to the law enforcement apparatus of the state government.

“There’s not another individual that knows what’s better for you than you.”
– Sen. Shortey

In response, a pro-choice Democratic senator, Constance Johnson, introduced an “every sperm is sacred” bill that would outlaw what she described as the “depositing of sperm anywhere other than in a woman’s vagina.”

Not surprisingly, anti-abortion male politicians do not like Johnson’s amendment. The Daily Show’s Al Madrigal interviewed one of these senators, the perhaps ironically named Ralph Shortey, who inadvertently revealed how truly clueless big-government Republicans can be.

Partial transcript:

SHORTEY: I think the Johnson Amendment is an egregious attack on personal liberties from the government. And quite frankly it’s embarrassing that this was even brought up because it’s a ridiculous notion. One, it would be a huge free choice issue. Basically, the government is telling a man what he can and cannot do with his body.


SHORTEY: There’s not another individual that knows what’s better for you than you.

MADRIGAL: And who are women to think that they can control our bodies?

SHORTEY: Right, just like there isn’t a man who thinks they can control a woman’s body.


SHORTEY: Um, well I don’t know, that would be, uh, you know, it’s not about the government trying to control a woman’s body. It’s about protecting a life. When you have life inside your body, it should be the government’s place to protect that life, even if it does infringe on your liberties.

MADRIGAL: But Senator Johnson’s view of when life begins is earlier than yours. Shouldn’t we play it safe?

SHORTEY: I don’t think it’s necessary. A single sperm cell on its own cannot create life.

MADRIGAL: So you’re all about protecting the product and not the ingredients?

SHORTEY: Right, yeah.

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  • Melissa
    April 19, 2012 - 6:04 am | Permalink

    Are you kidding me? who are we putting in our government? -_-

  • Ian B
    April 19, 2012 - 8:40 am | Permalink

    “MADRIGAL: So your all about protecting the product and not the ingredients?”

    Proof read your articles before publishing them…

  • Jessika
    April 19, 2012 - 9:07 am | Permalink

    Republicans. Is there any issue they are totally clueless about?

  • Joshua
    April 19, 2012 - 12:27 pm | Permalink

    Ian B – There is no need to correct the grammar in this circumstance. “Your” would be an incorrect replacement.

  • Ian B is super wrong
    April 19, 2012 - 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Ian B: “You’re” = “You are.” “Your” is possessive. If you’re going to correct someone, make sure you’re correct first. That way no one can make fun of your silly post.

  • Bh1136
    April 19, 2012 - 12:34 pm | Permalink

    ROFL at Ian B

  • Jim
    April 19, 2012 - 12:52 pm | Permalink

    Ian B: YOU’RE grammar is bad and you should feel bad!

  • Abby Rutledge
    April 19, 2012 - 12:56 pm | Permalink

    While Ian may be wrong about that, there IS a syntax gaffe present in the transcript:

    “SHORTEY: I don’t think it’s necessary. A single sperm cell on it’s own cannot create life.”

    Emphasis on the “sperm cell on it’s own.” It should be “its,” not “it’s.” “It’s” means “it is,” whereas “its” is a possessive.

  • MC
    April 19, 2012 - 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Everybody, there are bigger issues than grammar here.

  • j
    April 19, 2012 - 3:54 pm | Permalink

    To all that are grammar Nazi’s, read the damn article, stop correcting it. Its a quick article not a friggin college final exam.

    April 19, 2012 - 4:27 pm | Permalink

    I just wanted to comment on how stupid Ian B is.

  • Anonymous
    April 19, 2012 - 4:33 pm | Permalink

    “To all that are grammar Nazis, […] It’s a quick article, not a friggin’ college final exam.”

    Fixed that for you.

  • j
    April 19, 2012 - 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Fuck off anonymous stupid troll

  • Anonymous
    April 19, 2012 - 5:10 pm | Permalink

    You mad, bro?

  • Grammar Hitler
    April 19, 2012 - 5:20 pm | Permalink

    “Fuck off, anonymous stupid troll!”

    Anonymous, how could you have missed this one?

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  • TurboKitty
    April 19, 2012 - 11:33 pm | Permalink

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL … good … about time they’re on the receiving end!

  • anon
    April 20, 2012 - 2:59 pm | Permalink

    When I rise to power… you people talking about grammar, will be sterilized. Overlooking an issue like this? Are you fucking kidding me?

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