Oklahoma and Wyoming Republicans Agree Women Aren’t People

by Laura Clawson –

Republicans in Wyoming and Oklahoma are starting to drop the pretense that they consider women to be human beings. In Wyoming, the state Senate is considering three bills that would restrict women’s abortion rights. Two of them are being considered by the agriculture committee.

[Senate President Eli Bebout] said the labor and health committee is busy with a number of bills and the ag group had more time to thoroughly vet them.

Allegations that women are being equated to cattle are ridiculous, the Riverton Republican said.

Dude, you’re the one who handed the job of limiting what medical care women can get to the agriculture committee. In Oklahoma, Rep. Justin Henry isn’t trying to be even that subtle as he pushes a bill requiring women to get male approval for abortion. He’s ranking women somewhere below cattle:

Ultimately, he said, his intent was to let men have a say. “I believe one of the breakdowns in our society is that we have excluded the man out of all of these types of decisions,” he said. “I understand that they feel like that is their body,” he said of women. “I feel like it is a separate — what I call them is, is you’re a ‘host.’ And you know when you enter into a relationship you’re going to be that host and so, you know, if you pre-know that then take all precautions and don’t get pregnant,” he explained. “So that’s where I’m at. I’m like, hey, your body is your body and be responsible with it. But after you’re irresponsible then don’t claim, well, I can just go and do this with another body, when you’re the host and you invited that in.”

“I understand that they feel like that is their body.” Take a second with that one. “This is my body” is not a fact, it is a thing that women feel. In reality, though, women are merely “hosts.” And they should have realized that they were mere hosts before their birth control failed or they were raped or they or the fetus had a health problem that made abortion the best choice for them.

Also, when we talk about bodies being hosts, we’re usually talking about parasites, which isn’t super flattering to fetuses, either. That said, can someone get this guy a tapeworm or three?

 

Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos