I wanted y’all to see what Representative Favors did yesterday, because it’s important. She stood up in front of her fellow legislators and said, “I was there when the women came in … dead on arrival or hemorrhaging.”
Rep. JoAnne Favors, D-Chattanooga and a registered nurse, passionately objected to the resolution and told committee colleagues that “it disturbs me that we spend this much energy on something we can’t prevent. If we reverse Roe v. Wade tomorrow, it will not stop abortions; if we amend our Constitution, it will not stop abortions.”
And Representative Vince Dean said, “I respect her opinion. I have my position. And my position is in line with the wishes of my constituency.”
I want you to think on that just a little, because it takes a second to get past the condescending bullshit of the first part of Dean’s comments, where he dismisses Favors’ eye-witness testimony as so much “opinion.” But just think about what this means.
Conservative legislators in this state now know (as if they didn’t before) that outlawing abortion will not end it and that it will indeed lead to the deaths of Tennessee women. They have heard it from a person who has seen the maimed and dead.
And, in the face of that, Dean says, basically, “That’s the wish of my constituency.”
According to Dean, if you have an abortion and it kills you, that’s a knowable and acceptable outcome to him and the people that vote for him.
One wonders, of course. Really? If a 15 year old girl’s step dad is raping her and she gets pregnant and self-aborts and dies, that’s okay? She basically deserved it? If a stay-at-home mom with three kids discovers she’s pregnant at the same time her husband loses his job, we’re all fine with her dying and leaving him with no job and three kids to raise on his own?
This is the pro-life position in this state? “Well, if some women have to die so that there aren’t any legal abortions happening, that’s okay”?
That’s the pro-life position? “Eh, so some women die. That’s okay with my constituents.”
Hello?! “Pro-life”=”some dead women”?!