When I made my symbolic run for the 27th District senate seat, I first had lunch with Jill Vogel to tell her why: that because she was a culture warrior, my conscience wouldn’t allow a coronation. Mrs. Vogel assured me she was not a culture warrior. So, I guess SB484, her abortion bill, wasn’t a calculated political move but was to ensure we had an adequate population to meet our needs now that we’ve scared off immigrants with religious bigotry and racial intolerance, gutted education and most of the other bootstrapping opportunities that gave us hope and class mobility.
Virginia is now in the grip of a conservative mania not unlike the Inquisition, the hallmark of which this time is the tried and true tactic of hypocrisy. Not Indulgences, but enough guns for those who’ll soon be defending the Alamo again, tax breaks for those keeping revenues offshore and outsourcing to places like the Foxconn suicide factory, and abortion guilt. “No government interference” is the battle cry. Except when it suits the conservative mania, like to restrict women’s rights, gay rights, labor rights, or any other rights except those of the religious right.
Senator Vogel patroned a bill that Governor Bob McDonnell (otherwise supremely able to cloak his mania except when it comes to gays or fornicators) will sign into law that requires women to have an ultrasound before they can have an abortion. Senator Vogel says this isn’t “infringement on a woman’s decision, or her autonomy”; or “invasive” – it’s just to confirm gestational age, and a list of agencies offering free ultrasound will (not must) be available. Or what, collect $200?
Abortion providers are so stupid they would otherwise be duped by women seeking abortion, or are all venal. And the list will be so current and extensive that there’ll be no delay in aborting and, neither Attorney General Cuccinelli nor AG hopeful Vogel will use this excuse for going after abortion providers with tame anti-abortion experts challenging gestational age conclusions.
So where does a woman get the free ultrasound – a defunded Planned Parenthhood? And where does a woman naïve enough to get pregnant (given all the alternatives and protections available) go for a second chance? And where does a woman faced with the deadend stress of an unwanted child go for gravitas and understanding so to raise that child in a loving and nurturing way?
It seems to me that when conservative religious beliefs prompt the state to force or intimidate a woman to bear an unwanted, unhealthy or criminally conceived child, then the state becomes the guardian ad litem and must provide for that child (food, education, etc) to square the circle.
And if the reasoning is that life was created and isn’t for a mere vessel (aka woman) to take, then if the child was unwanted, the act of creation of life was a felonious assault on that unwilling to become pregnant woman. And if life was created the moment the woman was fertilized, then every male capable of fertilizing a woman must either have the woman’s written consent to get her pregnant or be sterilized so no fertilization can occur without the woman’s written consent.
That should make Virginia the Place for Lovers that its ads claim it to be. And it should make conservatives pray fervently that the pendulum doesn’t soon swing the other way.
Mr. Marro ran as an independent candidate against incumbent Jill Vogel in the 2012 Virginia 27th District senate seat race.