Quote of the Day

[Trigger warning for violence; denial of agency; denial of bodily autonomy; miscarriage.]

"My point has been and remains that is still a life."Nebraska State Senator Mike Flood (R), sponsor of the Nebraska anti-choice law that prohibits abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy, asked to comment on the case of Danielle Deaver, a woman who suffered anhydramnios in her 22nd week of pregnancy, causing fatal birth defects, but who was denied abortion nonetheless because the fetus "still had a heartbeat and because her own life was not immediately jeopardized." She gave birth 10 days later to a 1-pound, 10-ounce girl she and her husband named Elizabeth, who spent 15 minutes trying to breathe air into undeveloped lungs before she died.

The bill "is based on the disputed argument that a fetus may feel pain" at 20 weeks, despite the fact that "the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says it knows of no legitimate evidence showing a fetus can ever experience pain." But, presented with evidence that his fucking bullshit law actually caused an infant to spend all 15 minutes of its life dying miserably, all Senator Flood can do is say it's "still a life."

There aren't sufficient words to convey the depth of my contempt.

[H/T to Shaker Mod Aphra_Behn.]

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