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There be monsters among us

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Jim Opionin by Jim Powers
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Men In Black was a movie released in 1997 starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones (among others) which chronicled the work of a secret organization policing extraterrestrials living on earth disguised as humans, animals, and insects. To the average human, they looked like anyone else. The Men in Black, though, who knew the truth that there were tens of thousands of space aliens living on earth, were the only ones who could recognize them for what they were. The film (and its sequel, Men in Black 2) has become a cult classic, despite its ridiculous premise. Surely it would be obvious of monsters walked among us.

Three days after the Supreme Court overturned Roe V Wade in the Dobbs decision, we learned of a 10-year-old in Ohio, a rape victim, who was six weeks pregnant, and was denied an abortion in her state of Ohio, after Ohio’s six-week trigger ban on abortion went into effect.

The girl was forced to travel to Indiana, where abortion hasn’t yet been restricted (but will be after the next legislative session there) to get the abortion.

Let me be blunt. Anyone who would deny an abortion to a 10-year-old rape victim is a monster. That denial shows a complete lack of humanity, empathy, and compassion. No Christian should support such an atrocity. I shouldn’t even have to list the reasons why; but here we are.

A child’s body is not mature, it is using its resources to sustain the child as it grows and matures. Under the best of circumstances gestation and childbirth put enormous strain on an adult woman’s body. There are hormonal and physical changes that occur as the pregnancy progresses that sometimes result in lasting consequences, including gestational diabetes and high blood pressure. Hormonal changes cause psychological problems for many women.

A 10-year-old is unlikely to deliver a baby vaginally, so there will probably be a caesarian performed when the pregnancy doesn’t go to term. And then a recovery, all the time the 10-year-old child does not completely understand what is happening to them.

And then the child has the baby of their rapist to…what? Raise a baby? Children raising children? Who’s going to financially support the child and her child? Well, just put the baby up for adoption. And then you are left with a physically and psychologically damaged child. You’ve destroyed a living person’s life to save a group of cells.

South Dakota Republican Governor Kristi Noem, asked if the child should have the baby, seemed to have no problem with the idea. She said that “every single life is – every single life is precious. This tragedy is horrific. But, in South Dakota, the law today is that the abortions are illegal, except to save the life of the mother.” It seems to me that Noem doesn’t really think the 10-year-olds life is precious. She is willing to destroy that child’s future to save a six-week-old group of cells.

This is the kind of atrocity we are going to see over and over now that Roe is overturned. Those who overturned Roe are monsters and those who support these state laws void of compassion and empathy are monsters. It seems to be that cruelty has become, not a side effect of the Christian Right's zealotry, but the point of it. 

What kind of country tolerates 10-year-old children being abused like this in pursuit of Christian theocracy?

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    Mr. Spiffy · 1 months ago
    P.S.: Every time one of these clowns makes a statement like  “every single life is – every single life is precious" what they really mean is every single White Christian Republican life is precious. It's all about maintaining their symbolic order.
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    Mr. Spiffy · 1 months ago
    That being written, the whole TaliBaptist angle is just smoke and mirrors to appeal to simpleminded voters who think their representatives are appointed by God. The cretins in power could care less about any sort of religious faith. Raw power is their religion.
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    Mr. Spiffy · 1 months ago
    It's all about control. Most reasonable people do not want to control others. I don't. I could care less of how others live their lives, and going on the material in your columns, I know you are the same way.