Rep. Roger Hunt (R-10/Brandon) continues his crusade to enact into law his conviction that women are stupid creatures who require constant correction and protection by the state. His bill to enhance South Dakota's anti-abortion coercive counseling law passed the House yesterday by far too large a margin (I'm looking at you, Patty, Frank, Bernie...).
But that's not the only atrocity Rep. Hunt is revisiting. Last year the Brandon misogynist floated a bill to ban surrogate mother agreements in South Dakota. With an unthinking ideologue's arrogance, he asserted on the record that men know more about surrogacy than the women who make such agreements and bear such children. House Judiciary killed Hunt's 2011 surrogacy ban, but he's trying again this year with HB 1255. And this year, Hunt's abuse of women's rights squeaked out of House Judiciary on a 7-5 vote.
Let's review: a woman can provide a vital service to a couple who can't conceive a child. All parties involved are able to come to a rational agreement about the value of that vital, wholly moral service. They sign a contract protecting the interests of all parties involved.
Roger Hunt can make only two justifications for interfering in such an agreement, both equally foul:
- The woman offering to carry the child, or maybe just women in general, are incapable of rational thought.
- Once there's a well-joined sperm and egg in a woman's body, she no longer controls her destiny. Her womb is a vessel of the state over which she has no authority.
Today is crossover day in the Legislature: bills must pass their house of origin by the end of the day, or they're done. HB 1255 thus should come before the full House today. Please call your legislators and ask them why they would want to wage war on women who want to become moms and other noble women who want to help them attain that blessed goal.
Or just skip the rhetorical questions and tell them to kill this misogynist bill.