Women’s Lives Are Worth More Than “But, Hey….”


Without court intervention, the state of Mississippi will lose access to safe, legal abortion as of July 1st. And to Mississippi Representative Bubba Carpenter, that’s just fine. Speaking to a group of local Republicans, Rep. Carpenter explains how the legislature knew when they passed the bill that the doctors would be unlikely to get admitting privileges and the clinic would be forced to close. Even if it drove women to dangerous lengths to have an abortion it would be worth it, for “moral values.”

Via Rachel Maddow:

“It’s going to be challenged, of course, in the Supreme Court and all — but literally, we stopped abortion in the state of Mississippi, legally, without having to–  Roe vs. Wade. So we’ve done that. I was proud of it. The governor signed it into law. And of course, there you have the other side. They’re like, ‘Well, the poor pitiful women that can’t afford to go out of state are just going to start doing them at home with a coat hanger. That’s what we’ve learned over and over and over.’

“But hey, you have to have moral values.”

His definition of “moral values” appears to be somewhat different than mine. 

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  • crowepps

    Every noticed how “moral values” seems to always be shorthand for “Punish her, punish HER!”

  • oak-cliff-townie

    The Name says it all.

  • purplemistydez

    A few dead bodies will show women to learn their place.  -Mississippi Rep. Carpenter

  • coralsea

    Let’s make sure that this video remains accessible.  Many of us have suspected/known for a very long time that some of the anti-choice folks have no problem with women dying–just so long as everyone knows it happened because she had sex.   It’s either misplaced religious zeal, a deathly fear of women (and a compulsion to control them lest they get too uppity), or both.