Mississippi State Senator Bubba Carpenter (R) sure is proud of himself.
[05/24/12 Edited to add: The Alcorn County GOP has restricted sharing on the video, so in order to see it, you will need to click through to You Tube. I recommend clicking through.]
Transcript from The Maddow Blog bold emphasis is mine.
“We have literally stopped abortion in the state of Mississippi. Three blocks from the Capitol sits the only abortion clinic in the state of Mississippi. A bill was drafted. It said, if you would perform an abortion in the state of Mississippi, you must be a certified OB/GYN and you must have admitting privileges to a hospital. Anybody here in the medical field knows how hard it is to get admitting privileges to a hospital…
“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. You have to start somewhere, and that’s what we’ve decided to do. This became law and the governor signed it, and I think for one time, we were first in the nation in the state of Mississippi.”
First, I’d like to congratulate Rep. Carpenter, and all other representatives in the state of Mississippi who voted for this legislation, for their tireless concern for the moral character of their state. It takes true courage to dismiss the REALITY of unsafe, and dangerous illegal abortions. It takes a fine patriot to learn that people will perform their own abortions with coat hangers (Yes, this happened. Often with tragic results.) and IGNORE the knowledge. It brings a tear to my eye, really.
Rep. Carpenter, all you’ve achieved is to limit safe access to a normal healthcare procedure. You haven’t stopped abortion, you’ve encouraged it to become a back-alley procedure which may very well be performed by untrained, unskilled, and unscrupulous persons who care nothing for the safety of their patients and only for the cash they will have in hand.
Abortion will always happen. It happened before Roe v. Wade, it has happened since Roe v. Wade, and it will continue to happen as states such as Mississippi stand around patting themselves on the back for their “moral values.”
Sen. Carpenter, (The link will take you to a graphic police picture Gerri Santoro dead in her hotel room after a self-induced abortion in the 60s) THIS is what you’re proud of.