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And Afflict The Comfortable

To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Friday, July 30, 2021

Observercast

Back To The 19th Century

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The self-righteous, small government, keep government out of our business House Republicans, everyone of them including the ladies, just passed another attempt at further eroding women’s bodily rights as guaranteed under the 1974 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.

In the simplest terms, HB 1904, ironically authored by a woman named Rep. Cynthia Roe, R-Lindsay, says that if a woman wants/needs an abortion she must have it done only by a board certified OB/GYN doctor.

So for you pregnant gals out there in the boonies here’s your chance to also visit Penn Square for shopping while you are in the city shopping for an OB/GYN because you ain’t likely to find one in Gage or Garvin or Gotebo or Gans or Garber or any other Oklahoma small town regardless of the letter it starts with.

This wonderful, temporary, unconstitutional addition to the laws of Oklahoma comes to you courtesy of a Republican caucus made up of realtors, teachers, lawyers, active and retired insurance folks, farmers, of course, whether they really farm or not, bankers, maybe a candlestick maker but I doubt it and, of course, about 15 preachers of various sorts, one claiming a Phd from the College of Grand Miracles available on line for $25 not including postage. Prayer cloth also not included.

However, there is one specialty missing in the bunch. There is no doctor, regardless of training, and certainly not an OB-GYN, and now, to my knowledge, there is not a medical doctor in the entire Legislature.

But we’ve got dozens of play-like medical experts, both male and female, that claim to know even more than doctors do when it comes to being doctors because they endlessly write new laws dictating what the real sawbones can and cannot do.

Gosh, that’s reassuring to me and I don’t think I can even get pregnant.

And finally, listening to the rural boys talk about their women folk, what rights they should and shouldn’t have concerning their privates parts, makes me wish somebody would file a bill to regulate the use, frequency thereof, location, time and purpose for when they whip out and put into action their “piece.”

After all, none of them with an R behind their name seems to have any reluctance at all about directing the other sex in the what, when, where, how and end result when they activate their lady “piece.”

Well, nobody ever said life was going to be fair but, for God’s sake, I don’t understand why Republican women seem to enjoy letting Republican men put into law what they can do with their own reproductive organs.

That seems almost as stupid as defining a wife as chattel for the husband … which Oklahoma law did until 1983 when Democratic legislators abolished it … over the objection of nearly every Republican then serving in both the House and the Senate.

As I said in the beginning, welcome little women on The Oklahoma Political Right to the 19th century and don’t blame me.

You elect ‘em and keep electing ‘em so you must like it being second- or third-class citizens.

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Cal Hobson
Cal Hobson, a Lexington Democrat, served in the Oklahoma Legislature from 1978-2006, including one term as Senate President Pro Tempore.