Mike Pence’s dream of a Handmaiden’s Tale Theocracy was dealt a hard blow on Thursday. (Hard Blow.) A federal court judge ruled that an anti-choice law signed by Mikey when he was just the little ole’ Governor of Indiana was unconstitutional. Boy oh boy, is Mother going to be cross!
The law was reviewed by Judge William J. Bauer who confirmed a previous judge’s injunction that the policy was unconstitutional. Judge Bauer found that provisions, like requiring aborted fetuses to have a funeral and blocking a woman from having a legal abortion if it’s suspected that there may be a disability, violated the constitutional rights of women. Part of Judge Bauer's ruling stated:
“These provisions are far greater than a substantial obstacle; they are absolute prohibitions on abortions prior to viability which the Supreme Court has clearly held cannot be imposed by the State."
Another shady way the law sought to block women from controlling their own bodies was to block abortion unless women could somehow prove they just never wanted to be pregnant in the first place. In other words, a woman couldn’t change her mind. "Nothing in the Fourteenth Amendment or Supreme Court precedent allows the State to invade this privacy realm to examine the underlying basis for a woman’s decision to terminate her pregnancy prior to viability." These guys literally want to force a woman to carry a fetus she doesn’t want.
The Indiana Attorney General, Curtis Hill, was not happy at all, and the party that consistently seeks to cut Medicare for people with disabilities, and embraces open bigots, tried to use those minorities as a pawn in their battle to oppress women. Hill said, “By declaring unconstitutional a state law that would bar abortions based solely on race, sex or disability such as Down syndrome, a federal judge has cleared the path for genetic discrimination that once seemed like science fiction.”
Jane Henegar of the Indiana ACLU said, “This ruling is a victory for women and another repudiation of attempts by Indiana politicians to restrict — and even ban — access to abortion care. Deeply personal decisions about abortion should be made by women in consultation with their doctors — not by politicians or government bureaucrats.”
Suck it, Mike Pence. No... really. Maybe if you did, you’d stop being such a homophobic woman hater.
By Being Liberal contributor: Sarah Ficca