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Oklahoma representatives restrict rights in the name of God

by Kristina Livingston - Managing Editor
Tue, Apr 4th 2017 10:40 pm
Photo taken from Muskogee Politico on Twitter

Oklahoma Congressman George Fraught proposed a bill to defund abortion as a legal medical procedure, regardless of whether the pregnancy is a result of incest or rape. His proposition asserted that the situation as a whole should be seen as an act of God.
Photo taken from Muskogee Politico on Twitter Oklahoma Congressman George Fraught proposed a bill to defund abortion as a legal medical procedure, regardless of whether the pregnancy is a result of incest or rape. His proposition asserted that the situation as a whole should be seen as an act of God.

 I've heard many a vile slew of words pour out of the mouths of conservative Christians, yet claims that pregnancies resulting from instances of rape and incest being the will of some divine entity have to be the most outrageous and despicable I have ever heard and have no place being discussed in a United States court. 

Oklahoma State Representative George Fraught proposed a bill which would outlaw abortions founded in preventing a child being born with life-debilitating genetic issues Tuesday, March 21; the bill passed overwhelmingly, according to The Washington Post article, "Oklahoma lawmaker defends pregnancy from rape and incest as 'beauty from ashes'" by Kristine Phillips. 

The purpose of this article is not going to even touch upon abortion ethics; I merely want to touch upon what a metaphorical slap in the face it is to survivors of rape and incest, most of which are women, to declare that if the suffering they endure at the hands of their abusers with the cost of unmeasurable trauma results in a pregnancy by chance, then surely it was worth it.

I don't care who you are. Be you the Queen of England or the Pope himself, the word of one person and the faith they have in a religious deity does not add a silver lining to sexual abuse.

Fraught's comments on the topic came about when a Democratic representative criticized him for not including an exception for pregnancies which result from the horrors previously mentioned, according to The Washington Post article. 

"Obviously if it happens in someone's life, it may not be the best thing that ever happened," Fraught said, referring to acts of incest and rape. "So you're saying that God is not sovereign with every activity that happens in someone's life and can't use anything and everything in someone's life and I disagree with that."

Take your conservative Christian politics and get them as far away from the courtroom as possible, Representative Fraught. This kind of thinking is so unspeakably disgusting in how it frames survivors of rape and incest; what really riles me is the phrasing that "it may not be the best thing that ever happened." 

I can't even articulate how infuriating the lack of empathy from men in such positions of power is. Is it not ridiculous that the people restricting access to abortion are deeming a human life someone did not ask for as a bright and shiny lining on terrible violations of their autonomy? 

Was God in the courtroom when you overwhelmingly passed a bill further restricting the rights of women who do not wish to be pregnant, Representative Fraught? Did he personally vote and give you his input? Or does it just give you an immense power trip to sit amongst your white, male peers and deny women access to maternity services and healthcare coverage?

According to the Esquire article, "In Other News, an Oklahoma Lawmaker Has Determined the Will of God" by Sarah Rense, "God is everywhere, always, by this argument, including situations of rape and incest in which people—usually women—are victimized and abused. What a strange interpretation of the God's benevolent interest in human life."

Conservatives who get their grubby hands involved in politics have one interest, and I repeat, only one. That is to further perpetuate patriarchal control over the minds and bodies of women. If you are seen as subhuman, as a vessel for carrying the spawn whose purpose it is to further your family lineage, there is no place for you to speak in government. 

As that was obviously sarcasm, it would delight me if, within my lifetime, these type of men who tend to populate our legislative boards dwindle in numbers. We do not need men who rely on religious texts to decide a woman's future. 

So yes, Fraught did have his bill passed, overwhelmingly so by the Oklahoma House and women who wish to have abortions based on genetic abnormalities they believe will severely impair their child's quality of life or are not equipped to raise such a child can no longer receive legal abortions on such claims in the state of Oklahoma. Even if they were raped or a victim of incest. 

Dangle a Chick-fil-A giftcard out the window as a distraction and get those government employees of the state far, far away from a place they do not belong so we can start putting women first. 

 

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