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.
- 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.
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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