They’re Coming for Your Uterus
Make no mistake, Constitutionalists, they’re coming for your uterus.
Alaska Republicans, who seem to believe that their beloved Constitution stops with the Second Amendment, are doing all they can to chip away at the ninth, the fourteenth, and the fourth – you know, the ones that tell you that you have a right to be left alone, to your privacy, to enjoy personal liberty without the interference of the state, and to be secure in your person. I guess by “person,” they mean “man.”
New Senate Majority Leader John Coghill addressed a crowd of about 100 people on the Capitol steps in Juneau today on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. It was not, however, to celebrate a woman’s right to choose, nor the fact that Alaska legalized abortion years before that based on strong privacy rights in our state Constitution.
No, the father of last year’s ill-fated mandatory vaginal probe bill is gnawing away like a termite at a woman’s and doctor’s right to privacy. He announced he will put forth a bill to more strictly define what “medically necessary” is. Apparently a doctor’s opinion is no longer good enough for lawmakers.
And the crowd on the steps who fears the “shredding of the Constitution by liberals” applauded.
After years sitting in the corner, in a self-imposed minority of four, Coghill now finds himself with power, and the agenda of the conservative members of the State Senate no longer has the firewall of a bipartisan majority. Welcome to the Brave New World of social conservatism on the formerly Libertarian Last Frontier. Last year, Coghill, Dyson, Giessel and Huggins were outliers. Now, they are steering the ship.
Keeping the government out of our lives, and small enough to drown in a bathtub clearly only applies to important things like taxes and assault rifles, and not actual human women. Perhaps they think the government has to be super teeny small to get past our cervixes.
But Coghill’s bill won’t affect women who can afford medically necessary abortions – just the poor ones.
The Alaska Supreme Court has held that the state must fund medically necessary abortions if it funds medically necessary services for others with financial needs. A legislative legal opinion last year said it’s not clear what constitutes medically necessary, and that it’s likely only further litigation will provide greater clarity.
Don’t believe for a second that this has anything to do with “state funding” or that Coghill is anything but radical in his beliefs on the subject.
Alaska Family Action says of Coghill, “When it comes to helping advance conservative, pro-family values in the Legislature, Senator Coghill is a workhorse who just never quits.” Here’s how the workhorse answered the following question on the Value Voters survey..
1) LEGAL STATUS OF ABORTION
Please indicate which of the following statements most closely reflects your belief as to when the law should permit and/or prohibit abortion:
- Abortion should be legal for any reason, at any time during a pregnancy.
- Abortion should be legal for any reason, but not after the first six months of pregnancy.
- Abortion should be legal for any reason, but not after the first three months of pregnancy.
- Abortion should be illegal except when necessary to save the life of the mother, or when the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest.
- Abortion should be illegal except when necessary to save the life of the mother.
- Abortion should be illegal in all circumstances.
- Other (please explain):
A: (R) John Coghill: 6
John Coghill not only believes that the state shouldn’t fund medically necessary abortions, he believes all abortions should be illegal, even if the mother is going to die. If you or your wife, or daughter, or sister, or friend is happily married with 5 kids, and finds out that her sixth is an ectopic pregnancy? Too bad, so sad. Guess she’s going to have to die. God works in mysterious ways. And hooray for Family Values!
And he’s got no patience for all those moderates who talk about rape and incest exceptions. They’re soft on crime.
No abortions, no exceptions, says the lawmaker with no uterus.
Of course, the number of women having abortions in places where it is illegal is pretty much the same as the number of women having abortions where it is legal. The big difference is that the illegal ones are less safe, and result in more deaths. Nevertheless, the new and radical Alaska State Senate is marching down the trail.
I wonder what they’d think of a bill that tackles this thing at the source and charges a man with the crime of reckless endangerment unless he signs a statement that he’ll be completely responsible for any child that might be the result of a sexual encounter. No exceptions.