Here’s something on a legislator who doesn’t stink from the infrequently-updated blog at Bitch Magazine. I’m gonna quote most of the post, none of this is mine (and for the record I hate the phrase “anti-choice.” I think abortion should be legal and am frightened and angered by recent movements to overturn Roe v. Wade, and/though I think there are plenty of places in which people who identify as pro-choice and people who identify as pro-life actually have a lot to say to each other about what a healthy, whole society might look like, and using language that polarizes the positions doesn’t help anything.) Anyway, cool state rep here:
Am I allowed to vote for a Kentucky legislator even though I live in New York? If so, Iâ€™d like to cast my ballot for Representative Mary Marzian (D-Louisville). Sheâ€™s introduced a bill to honor Margaret Sanger; she was one of only 16 state legislators to vote against a â€œmarriage amendmentâ€ banning gay marriage and civil unions; sheâ€™s pushed for expanded access to abortion for low-income women.
And thank goodness for these efforts. As in many other states, Kentuckyâ€™s right wing is gathering steam, chipping away at reproductive rights through such measures as mandatory waiting periods for abortions, â€œconscience clausesâ€ allowing health providers to refuse services, and so-called trigger laws that will outlaw abortion in the state should Roe v. Wade be overturned.
Anti-choicersâ€™ latest ploy: hitting the streets, literally, via the production and sale of â€œChoose Lifeâ€ license plates. Legislation authorizing the plates was introduced in 2003, but stalled until a federal court ruled in March that a similar Tennessee statute was legal (this despite the fact that the Tennessee Legislature rejected a â€œChoose Choiceâ€ plate option in 2002). Brings a whole new connotation to John Hiattâ€™s â€œTennessee Plates,â€ doesnâ€™t it?
Marzianâ€™s response was to introduce the following amendments to the Kentucky plates bill:
â€œRetain original provisions exceptâ€¦
â€œâ€¦change â€˜Choose Lifeâ€™ to â€˜Choose Senior Prescription Drug Medicare Benefitâ€™ and specify that [the] plate bear the likeness of the symbol of prescription drugs as â€˜Rxâ€™.
â€œâ€¦change â€˜Choose Lifeâ€™ to â€˜Choose An Increase in the Cigarette Tax Instead of Cuts to Human Servicesâ€™ and specify that [the] plate bear the likeness of a wheelchair.
â€œâ€¦change â€˜Choose Life” to “Choose Gamblingâ€™ and specify that [the] plate bear the likeness of a slot machine.
â€œâ€¦change â€˜Choose Lifeâ€™ to â€˜Peace is Patrioticâ€™ and specify that [the] plate bear the likeness of a dove.
â€œâ€¦change â€˜Choose Lifeâ€™ to â€˜Choose Pre-Emptive First Strike Doctrineâ€™ and specify that [the] plate bear the likeness of a cruise missile.
â€œâ€¦change â€˜Choose Lifeâ€™ to “Choose No Death Penaltyâ€™ and specify that [the] plate bear the likeness of an electric chair with a red circle and red â€˜Xâ€™ superimposed on the electric chair.
â€œâ€¦change â€˜Choose Lifeâ€™ to â€˜Choose Corruption by Special Interest Moneyâ€™ and specify that [the] plate bear the likeness of a dollar sign superimposed on the Capitol Dome.â€
Read the â€œChoose Lifeâ€ bill and Marzianâ€™s amendments here; you can also check out Marzianâ€™s overall voting record. â€”Juliet Eastland
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