Holy Shit – This Has to Stop

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Cursing in a title, how unprofessional you say. Well, yes it is, but damn it, this has to stop. By now, you are all aware of the inanity surrounding the abortion and women’s health debates. It seems we can’t turn around without another new reality defying piece of legislation coming to the fore.  From the Always Pregnant in Arizona (HB2036)  to the single-celled persons in the US Congress, one has to ask:  has everyone lost their flipping minds? Apparently, not yet; we have still to reach the nadir of bottom-feeding, reality-denying, logic-bending oblivion.

Just this week a female legislator in New Mexico proposed a bill to prevent abortion in the case of rape or incest lest critical evidence for the rape be lost. Really? Really?  Have you absolutely no understanding what DNA is? Obviously not.

House Bill 206, proposed by Republican Representative Cathrynn Brown, makes abortion in the case of rape and incest a third degree felony of tampering with evidence punishable by up to three years in prison. The thought being that one most carry to term the offspring of the rapist in order to gather critical evidence linking him to the crime. Hmmm.

Laugh as we might at the ignorance of biology pervading legislatures across the US, this absolute fealty to an ideological end game, one willing to legislate unreality, to rename its truths, is dangerous with ramifications far beyond the abortion debate.

Are there no longer adults in this world, capable of understanding human biology and policy making at the same time; capable of thoughtful and reasoned debates or legislation regarding abortion?  It seems not. Or maybe, that is not the point. Maybe reality is passe.

What a wonderful delusion to legislate away inconvenient truths. Where else could this trend lead. Gravity is certainly annoying, perhaps we should start there. Or better yet, as some jester suggested, the mathematical Pi is too complicated– let’s simplify.

I, however, like the sacred sperm act, though not technically reality-defying, it certainly takes the ‘life’ debate to its reasoned absurdity. Ye shall spill no sperm except to impregnate and should ye fail to impregnate, felony feticide awaits. Should ye spill that life giving juice, charges of child endangerment are a must. I see a science fiction movie here: caged humans, milked for their life-giving proteins. Bwahaha!

Snark and humor aside, ignorance is no longer an excuse. Silence is not acceptable. This shit has to stop. Reality exists, facts matter, laws of physics and human biology apply. These things cannot be legislated away to serve a political or religious aim – unless we let them. Malleus Maleficarum anyone?

Chandler Marrs MS, MA, PhD spent the last dozen years in women’s health research with a focus on steroid neuroendocrinology and mental health. She has published and presented several articles on her findings. As a graduate student, she founded and directed the UNLV Maternal Health Lab, mentoring dozens of students while directing clinical and Internet-based research. Post graduate, she continued at UNLV as an adjunct faculty member, teaching advanced undergraduate psychopharmacology and health psychology (stress endocrinology). Dr. Marrs received her BA in philosophy from the University of Redlands; MS in Clinical Psychology from California Lutheran University; and, MA and PhD in Experimental Psychology/ Neuroendocrinology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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