Oh, Kleinheider, how I’d love to get you drunk and tattoo the following on your arm so that you can refer to it whenever you doubt my brilliance:
When two people’s rights come into conflict and you are working to pass laws that would require one person’s rights to always be abridged in order to protect the rights of the other, you are creating a situation in which the person whose rights can never be abridged, even if it infringes on the rights on another person, has special rights, because, as you are well aware, everyone else in this nation has rights only as far as they do not infringe on the rights of others.
Using the law to grant special rights to fetal people at the expense of the rights of women does indeed constitute using the law as a “tool designed control the lives of women.”
Quoting Shaun Groves as you do is also slightly disingenuous because Shaun Groves is a minister. Damn straight it’s his job to search his heart and consult with his god and then minister to his flock as to what the right course of action for them to take is. That’s his job. He’s in a position of authority over the pregnant women who come to him because he’s their fucking pastor. He’s supposed to guide them to do what he believes his god is calling them to do–to make sacrifices to preserve the life of the fetus.
So what? All this proves is that Shaun Groves doesn’t believe his god when his god says that killing a woman is murder and killing a fetus is a property matter (Exodus 21:22-23).
What Shaun Groves thinks his god wants has nothing to do with what the actual law of the land should be. The law of the land should be that a woman has control over her own body at all times and can do with it what she sees fit. The Church is more than welcome to argue that abortion is wrong and that women should, if they get pregnant, carry their babies to term. In fact, that seems like the exact right position for the Church to take.
But, we are not a theocracy and it is not the job of our laws or legislatures to enforce the will of the Church on people who don’t necessarily go to church.
And also, until you’re willing to tell me to my face that you believe that women who have abortions should go to jail for life, if not face the death penalty, don’t even bullshit me about how you believe abortion is murder.