At first, I thought this was just a journalist poking fun. I thought it was a cheeky explanation of the video I was about to watch. Surely no one would really say “But hey, you have to have moral values. You have to start somewhere, and that’s what we’ve decided to do,” as a response to critics saying your new law to “literally [stopping] abortion in the state of Mississippi.” Because you do realize what’ll eventually happen, right? That it would bring the return of coat hanger abortions? And no one in their right mind would consider something like that, yes? Especially not a State Representative! … Right?
Wrong! That is exactly what Mississippi Republican State Representative Bubba Carpenter said. That was his actual response! All of this was caught on video and posted on YouTube, but if you try to view the video now it, of course, has been taken down by request. Me, I’m virtually speechless. I have no words to express how idiotic, loathsome, and just downright unfathomable this behavior is. Even those words don’t feel like enough.
His exact speech was:
“We have literally stopped abortion in the state of Mississippi. Three blocks from the Capitol sits the only abortion clinic in the state of Mississippi. A bill was drafted. It said, if you would perform an abortion in the state of Mississippi, you must be a certified OB/GYN and you must have admitting privileges to a hospital. Anybody here in the medical field knows how hard it is to get admitting privileges to a hospital. … It’s going to be challenged, of course, in the Supreme Court and all — but literally, we stopped abortion in the state of Mississippi, legally, without having to [deal with] Roe vs. Wade. So we’ve done that. I was proud of it. The governor signed it into law. And of course, there you have the other side. They’re like, ‘Well, the poor pitiful women that can’t afford to go out of state are just going to start doing them at home with a coat hanger.’ That’s what we’ve heard over and over and over. But hey, you have to have moral values. You have to start somewhere, and that’s what we’ve decided to do. This became law and the governor signed it, and I think for one time, we were first in the nation in the state of Mississippi.”
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again … your values do not have to be everyone else’s values, because, quite frankly, that is not part of the government’s job. If we’re speaking in generalizations, then I’m sorry, Mississippi, but you have no values and no morals. The only thing you have is an agenda and it’s a poor one, at that.