Don’t get me wrong, fighting the war to end slavery was a moral good, its just that sometimes I wish these people were from a different country so we weren’t associated with them.
From Alabama, surprise surprise, courtesy of ThinkProgress:
Alabama officials are currently seeking to prevent a pregnant prison inmate from obtaining a legal abortion by stripping her of her parental rights, in a case where a lawyer has been appointed to represent the interests of her fetus.
Because inmates don’t have rights, and women shouldn’t, of course. Come along and get depressed with me.
An unnamed woman, who is referred to in court documents only as Jane Doe, is asking for permission to travel to Huntsville to end her pregnancy. She says she was unable to get an abortion before she was taken into custody and is now feeling desperate. “I am very distraught, and do not want to be forced to carry this pregnancy to term,” she wrote.
Jane Doe — who has to get permission from the court to be transported to the nearest clinic because prison officials consider abortion to be a non-emergency procedure — is being represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, which argues that it would be “cruel and unusual punishment” for the state of Alabama to deny her constitutional right to abortion.
Yet another reason why, as poor as I am, I still give money to the ACLU. Forcing a woman to carry a fetus to term because she is incarcerated is, if not cruel and unusual punishment, at the least all kinds of fucked up. So, what tactics will Alabama use to force this women to incubate a baby for the state?
Now, as Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly prepares to argue against this request, he is asking the court to strip Doe of her parental rights so that she will no longer have the right to end her pregnancy. In a hearing to determine the outcome of the case, which is expected to be decided by Friday, the state court appointed an attorney — known as a “guardian ad litem” — to serve on behalf of Doe’s fetus.
Yep, they are attempting to take away her parental rights before the fetus is even viable outside the womb. And if you can manage to look past what this says Alabama thinks about women and their “rights,” it doesn’t get any better. This clump of cells will be better represented than Jane Doe would no doubt be, if not for the probable pro bono work of the ACLU, and definitely represented more effectively than every single “innocent until proven guilty” defendant who has to rely on a public defender. Unless, to be fair, this particular guardian ad litem happens to also be representing 300 other cell clumps each week. That would be quite doubtful in most states, but this is Alabama.
“It appears to me that what the state is attempting to do is turn Jane Doe into a vessel, and control every aspect of her life, forcing her to give birth to a baby, which she has decided she does not want to do,” Randall Marshall, one of Doe’s attorneys, told the Huffington Post. “The case has certainly moved to this new dimension, but welcome to Alabama.”
Hey, I finally get to use a slippery slope argument! If this tactic works, what exactly is stopping Alabama from forcibly impregnating all fertile female inmates? I mean, if it is in the interest of the state for fetuses to be carried to term in prison, and if women are nothing but incubators, which is what a decision for the state in this case would literally mean, then isn’t that the obvious next step? What’s that? This case is different because she needs to face the consequences of being sexually active? Fine then, only forcibly impregnate the sexually active female inmates. After all, Alabama apparently has a pressing need for unwanted prison babies.
Hell, that is less of a stretch than marriage equality leading to legalized pedophilia.
Hey, as long as you’ll let all your citizens immigrate freely to another state if they so desire, I’ll help you file the succession paper work. Think about it! No more Obama, no more Obamacare, no more pesky separation of church and state, and as a third world nation, think of all the sweet aid you’ll get from European nations and the UN! You can even fly that damn flag whenever you want. Do it now and we’ll let you take Mississippi and Georgia as well.