Dear Senator Finney,
Just tell me this. The next time a 12 year old girl in Carroll, Gibson, or Madison Counties gets raped and impregnated by her step-dad, will you be willing to look her in the face and tell her she has to carry her rapist’s baby to term? Or what about the mother of two in Carrol, Gibson, or Madison Counties who desperately wants another child, but is carrying an ectopic pregnancy? Are you going to look her in the face and say you don’t think she has the right to abort that pregnancy, but needs to just let it run its course, even though it means certain fetal death and likely the loss of her ability to reproduce? What about the man who is sitting in a doctor’s office listening to the doctor tell his pregnant wife the she needs to start cancer treatments immediately if there’s any hope of her living out the year? Are you going to tell him that those treatments have to wait? What about the mother who’s pregnant with triplets and the doctor says that she isn’t able to carry all three babies to term? Do you feel like you have the right to say to her that it’s better for her to lose all three babies than to give one the best shot she can?
I mean, frankly, just who the hell do you think you are? Would you like it if I drove over there and followed you around and found the worst, most terrible moments of your life and then encouraged my state senator to get involved with passing a constitutional amendment establishing that you don’t really have the right to make your own decision in that moment? I bet not.
Listen, trumping a policy that establishes that women have no constitutional right to make our own difficult decisions and especially no right to make them without considering what you, a stranger, might think is best might win you votes.
But it is wrong.
And, frankly, I think you know it.
Which makes it worse. If you aren’t going to stand up in front of your voters and say, “You know, I think abortion is wrong, but I’m not going to go to Nashville and let them pass laws that say I know better than you your personal business” then why are you a Democrat? If you can’t have principled disagreement with your constituents, then you aren’t a leader.
I was going to dog on you for not bothering to submit one piece of legislation that would make ordinary women’s lives easier–nothing that helps us get the prenatal care we might need, that helps us get time off from work, that helps us afford to take kids to the doctor’s, that expands sex education in schools, etc.–that does anything to help women choose not to have abortions and to end up with kids in good homes. But then I saw the chunk of legislation you did submit all aided to help prosecute child abusers and I am dumbfounded.
You know what shitty parents can do to a kid. You want to protect kids from shitty parents who abuse them and their other parent and then try to claim “parental alienation syndrome” during the divorce. You want to redefine “serious bodily injury” to include broken bones in kids 8 years old or younger. In fact, you’re doing a ton to increase the severity of punishment for child abusers.
So, you know.
You know that some people should never bring a child into this world. You know that they aren’t going to have a baby and then give it up for adoption. You know that when a woman like that finds out she’s pregnant, if she carries that pregnancy to term, that kid is in for Hell on earth.
How do you reconcile that with your vote on SJR127?
The next time someone in your area kills their kid, are you going to look in the mirror and say that was a better outcome than if they’d just never had the kid to begin with?