Friday, March 10, 2006

WARNING: This is a Rant

This is a rant. A major rant. I don't normally rant online. I’ve tried unsuccessfully to cool down before posting. If you don’t want to read it, switch to another webpage now. You’ve had fair warning.

South Dakota, already the state with the strictest abortion regulations, has passed a controversial law that prevents doctors from performing an abortion except in cases where the mother's life is in danger.

Bill Napoli, a Republican state senator for South Dakota insists that exceptions “might” be made for rape or incest under the provision that it protects the mother's life. When asked for a scenario in which an exception for rape or incest may be invoked, he responded.

BILL NAPOLI: “A real-life description to me would be a rape victim, brutally raped, savaged. The girl was a virgin. She was religious. She planned on saving her virginity until she was married. She was brutalized and raped, sodomized as bad “as you can possibly make It”, and is impregnated. I mean, that girl could be so messed up, physically and psychologically, that carrying that child could very well threaten her life.”
link to news coverage

I'm so upset about his comments I can barely even speak. Essentially he is saying he only believes in abortion for "religious virgins" who've been brutalized “as bad as you can possibly make it”. How brutal? Just being raped isn't enough? What does the rapist have to do, cut off your tits for you to qualify? Or maybe even that is not enough. What if you are only brutalized “almost” as bad as you can possibly make it? Does your rape not qualify? Many incest victims would not qualify at all.

If you are married, divorced, non-religious or otherwise a non-virgin no option could even be considered for you. What if you are a virgin who wasn’t planning on saving herself for marriage, but hadn’t had a relationship that was special enough for sexual relations at the time you were raped? Would the fact that you "might" have had sex in the future throw you out of the pool for consideration of your case? Would you have been any less raped or brutalized? What is a virgin anyway? Someone who has never had sex, or someone who no longer has a hymen? There are many ways to lose a hymen that have nothing to do with sex. If you were raped once before, would all future rapes not qualify for help of any kind?

Religious? By whose definition? And “why” should religion have any impact on if you are considered a serious rape victim or not? Whose religion? Only his? What about pagans, Jews, Unitarians, Buddhists, Hindus? What if you're atheist, or a deist? Are church attending lesbians considered non-religious? How do you even measure how religious someone is? Only God knows that. Is this man God now? Heaven forbid that a woman miss a single Sunday of church. That might disqualify her.

What kind of insensitive, chauvinistic, patriarchal pig is this idiot? He doesn't have a clue what rape is.

I've counseled with rape victims. His cold stance shows not one iota of mercy or compassion and is victimizing women even further. What do you bet his next bill will be to take support money away from “greedy sinful women” who have children out of wedlock. (We already have a law that says that pharmacists by conscience could refuse to fill a prescription for contraceptives. There is a move from some groups who have worked on this to say that there should be no contraceptives, that sexual intercourse is for the purpose of reproduction. Or that only married women should have access to them.)

Before this legislation, South Dakota was already perhaps the most difficult place in the country to get an abortion. There was a 24-hour waiting period and mandatory counseling to discourage the procedure. The law required parental notification in cases where the patient was a minor. Only one clinic, Planned Parenthood in Sioux Falls, offered the procedure. Often patients, including rape and incest victims, had to go past picketers in order to gain access to the facility. (No medical privacy at all)

I don't think any sane human being is "for" abortion. Most Americans appear to be somewhere in the middle on the issue. I do feel that only the woman is capable of making that critical choice. Would any of us want a decision this serious going before a governmental or judicial committee if the rape victim was our daughter, our mother, our grandmother, or ourselves?

Not me.

At best the government does a bungling bureaucratically constipated job of handling the most basic of domestic services. God forbid that they end up the decision makers in something this serious.

South Dakota now has the same abortion restrictions as the Taliban:
Summary of Abortion Law Around the World

A new term for extreme brutality:
Napoli definition


Blogger Dana Pollard said...

Aren't you glad you don't live in South Dakota, but then again, hardly anyone does. Doesn't lighten the situtation though.

My rant? It's not as serious as yours, but it's still a rant!

We live out of town, no the sticks, but still out of town. It's a subdivision though. We like to walk in the evenings with our kids. It's one mile all the way around our little corner of the world. There is a house in the right back corner that has THREE HUGE DOGS that run wild. Now, one of these dogs is a rotwiler (msp) that looks at you like you're his next snack. We've had to pick up big sticks and toss them to keep these dogs at bay. Last night, these three dogs come barking, snapping and running at us. Jeff has nothing to throw, so what does he do? He picks up the gravel on the road and throws it. It worked.

I'm calling animal control today. They have two choices... 1) Take care of the situation legally. 2) I'll walk down with the hubby's glock and blow their f___ing heads off. The dogs heads... hehe.

9:06 AM CST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard about this on the news last night, Betty :0 I couldn't believe it. My mother and I had our mouths agape over THAT one.

9:28 AM CST  
Blogger Heather Dawn Harper said...

Can they have him removed from office?

He's a disgrace.

9:29 AM CST  
Blogger Betty S said...

It's like they've declared an open season on women. I can't imagine any woman wanting to live there.
I can certainly understand women haters and rapists moving there. Any hurt they might inflict on women would have a much greater and long term impact.

As a woman your human value is obviously not much higher than being a human uterus with legs.

9:39 AM CST  
Blogger Betty S said...

Just added this link to the post: Summary of Abortion Law around the World. South Dakota now has the same law as the Taliban in Afganistan. Isn't that compassionate?

12:12 PM CST  
Blogger Amanda McCabe said...

Thanks so much for posting this, Betty. I'm afraid I've been SO angry about this horrible, mysoginistic man and his ridiculously backward state that I can't be articulate at all. I just end up sputtering and stamping my feet!

12:56 PM CST  
Blogger Betty S said...
So I go to the website of the South Dakota legislature to learn more about this man. What do I learn?

Senator William M Napoli
Party: Republican
Term: Incumbent
District: 35
Counties: Pennington
Occupation: Antique Car Museum (Owner)
Committees: Appropriations

He collects antique cars!!!
Those are his qualifications for playing hell with the lives of every woman in South Dakota!!

God help us all.

10:10 PM CST  
Blogger Dana Pollard said...

Not that I'm taking up for the man, but you do have to consider there isn't much of a population pool South Dakota has to pull from.

We lived in Fargo, ND for a while. Longest blasted nine months of my life. Those people's brains are frozen.

9:44 AM CST  
Blogger Rinda Elliott said...

Well I left a really good comment and it's gone. Bummer. Anyway, the basics were, The movie Fargo was cool. I have a serious problem with animals running wild in neighborhoods, too. Oh, and the good thing to come out of the Napoli thing is women, both pro life and pro choice, have been coming together all over the Net to protest that a woman is worthy of respect and safety no matter what her age or religion or sexual state.

3:48 PM CST  
Blogger Betty S said...

I LOVE animals, but pets with attitudes shouldn't be allowed to intimidate others. It is inconsiderate, un-neighborly, and makes others feel violated.

It is great that women are coming together on this. One of the things I have agonized over the last few years, is how harshly divided we have all become. It isn't healthy.

4:31 PM CST  
Blogger Dana Pollard said...

Rinda, you summed it up nicely. It is good that women are coming together on such a touchy issue.

5:18 PM CST  
Blogger Betty S said...

While you see and hear from women on both extremes on the issue of abortion, I think the majority of women are more tolerant when it comes to the issues of rape, incest, etc..

The real hot button topic is "abortion on demand" as a matter of convenience. Quite honestly, I can see, understand, and agree with both sides of this one. It's one of those everybody is right and everybody is wrong situations. I would like to see a study done relating the age, birth control method, philosophical-religious-sexual views, etc. of women who have abortions. Most women, even liberals, don't "want" to have an abortion. Circumstances place them in a situation where they have to make a decision. (That's when the issue gets violent and merky. Everyone feels passionately that their opinion is the right one.)We need to take a serious look at those "circumstances" that brought them to the point of having to make the decision.

The problems stems from those circumstances which occur prior to the pregnancy. As women, we need to gain an understanding of that in order to find a solution.

5:33 PM CST  
Blogger Michele said...

Wow! I hadn't heard about this.
Great rant though.
He sounds like a bad character in a story..."women should be seen as arm decor and nothing else. Property with no rights or consideration." Those kinds of characters (in books anyway) get their just deserts, and went out of "fashion" in the 19th century. Would that this man get his comuppance. A public dressing down would be a start.
Kicked out of office, another.
And excuse me, but religion, gender, virginity as a criteria for worthiness to have an abortion is so, ass-backwards. What a moron!
Rape is degrading and the forcing of one person's vile will on another without consent or acceptance is a violent crime on anyone, at anytime, anywhere. Period. No other way to look at it.
Excuse me, but guys can get raped too. So...that's OK? True, they don't have to worry about abortion, but since that guy was talking about the criteria for rape -as though those criteria were the ONLY classification for rape to be recognized -is crazy!

That guys' little prim, prudish and backwards speech is ludicrous. What is he doing in a position of power anyway?? He's causing ripples of damage to all vulnerable victims in the state.

Your rant is well voiced, appreciated and spot-on. Since I hadn't heard about it, I'm glad you didn't "calm down", otherwise I wouldn't have heard about it, and without your passionate response, not understood how far this donkey's butt had insulted women as a whole.

8:36 AM CST  
Blogger Betty S said...

I don't think he was giving that as the definition for rape. I think he was saying that rape and incest would not qualify as criteria for an abortion UNLESS it also met those conditions.

Buzz Flash pointed out that the only exception was the life of the woman. Women who's health would be severly damaged would still be forced to carry the pregnancy to term. The only exception would be if it was certain it would kill her.

9:40 AM CST  
Blogger Michele said...

What a dinosaur!
I hope enough of an outcry against that guy produces better results!

Oh! Thanks for visiting my blog!

10:07 AM CST  
Blogger Betty S said...

I actually visit your blog a lot, I don't always leave a post. I've sent links to it to friends because you come up with some of the best pictures.

10:12 AM CST  
Blogger Michele said...

Really? Wow! Thanks!
**ahem**, did you see the link on my blog today? *wink*
It's a bit embarassing.
I mean, if you like that "sensitive" man stuff, then you'd be in heavan. just end up giggling a lot.

7:43 PM CST  
Blogger Betty S said...

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10:39 PM CST  

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