Science-Challenged Alabama Republican Explains Reproduction

Alabama State Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin

Alabama State Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin

WARNING: Please don’t drink any liquids before reading this post.

Via Jezebel, the Montgomery Advertiser is reporting that the Alabama House of Representatives is scheduled to

take up abortion legislation Tuesday that supporters claim will protect patients in clinics and opponents claim will close down abortion providers.

The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin, R-Pelham, would require physicians at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at local hospitals; require clinics to follow ambulatory clinic building codes and make it a felony — punishable by up to 10 years in prison — for a nurse, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant to dispense abortion-inducing medications.

You can read the text of the bill here. According to McClurkin the reasoning behind enforcing strict regulations on abortion is that the fetus is a large “organ.”

“When a physician removes a child from a woman, that is the largest organ in a body,” McClurkin said in an interview Thursday. “That’s a big thing. That’s a big surgery. You don’t have any other organs in your body that are bigger than that.”

Funny how when you have other organs removed–like say your appendix–they don’t stay around expecting you to feed and clothe them and pay for their educations. Katie J.M. Baker of Jezebel writes:

My liver, heart, and skin are all very excited that we are now giving organs personhood rights, although the latter is slightly upset about losing out on its “largest organ in the human body” rep.

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Of course the sponsors of this and other such anti-abortion legislation claim that they’re just trying to make the procedure safer for women–never mind the fact that abortion is one of the safest medical procedures available. But it’s difficult to see how this part of the bill would accomplish that goal:

McClurkin’s bill includes a provision that requires physicians to ask patients younger than the age of 16, the name and age of the father of the child, and to report to law enforcement if the father is two years older than the minor.

If the patient is younger than 14, the clinic would be required to report the incident to the Department of Human Resources.

But then safety isn’t really the point, is it? The point is to eliminate abortions or at least make them as difficult as possible to obtain. That will lead to women seeking out dangerous illegal abortions or resorting to do-it-yourself measures.

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18 Comments on “Science-Challenged Alabama Republican Explains Reproduction”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    Do any Republicans study biology? Is this the result of home-schooling?

  2. Fannie says:

    I’m speechless……..fuck a duck.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Is it as bad as the link you put up about Missouri on the last thread? These people are beyond belief.

  3. janicen says:

    Remember when being that stupid would end one’s political career?

    • bostonboomer says:

      If Dan Quayle misspelled potato today, he’d probably be cheered by the GOP for not being an elitist intellectual.

  4. Ah, this latest crap from the mouths of PLUBs is in line with what Arizona is pushing for:

    In New Push for “Personhood,” Arizona Anti-Choicers Push Bill to Track Every Embryo – RH Reality Check

    A bill quietly wending its way through the Arizona legislature would create a database to track every embryo in the state created through Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), defined in the bill as: “Any procedure, treatment or medical or scientific intervention provided for the purpose of formation of a human embryo with the intent to produce a live birth.” It has nine Republican co-sponsors.

    The proposed legislation, (SB 1376), was written by the Center for Arizona Policy (CAP), which bills itself as “Arizona’s leading pro-life, pro-family organization.” CAP pushes anti-choice legislation (including legislation to confer the full rights of personhood on fertilized eggs), opposes gay marriage, and seeks to promote “religious freedom.”

    Gotta put a tracking device on those big organs!

    • bostonboomer says:

      That’s creepy. I guess they want to eliminate in vitro fertilization now? Or maybe they want to jail doctors/women who abort some of the embryos after one implants?

    • bostonboomer says:


      Brian O’Connor, who owns four pistols and three rifles, said he target shoots only a couple times a year at a friend’s house. But he spoke at the public hearing to express his view that the ordinance was an overreach for the rural town and that guns and shooting are part of the heritage of America.

      “I just said that gunfire reminds me of freedom,” O’Connor said later at his home. “If it’s a beautiful autumn day and I’m hearing that, it’s just almost like this feeling that we live in a great country. We have the freedom to do that, because if you look historically at the countries where you can’t even own weapons, those aren’t usually countries where the people are very free.”

  5. jany says:

    As the mother of a child with a genetic birth defect, I know how many people in this country have no idea about pregnancy, child birth etc. I have so many people who think that the only way you can get a child with birth defects is if you have tried to get an abortion and it failed to ‘take’. They also seem to believe that there is a window in the uterus so you could see that the child was going to be handicapped.(this was before ultrasound) And an awful lot of so-called christians believe these children should be put somewhere they are never seen. We need REAL sex education in schools. As in, how babies grow in the womb.

  6. dakinikat says:

    Okay … it can keep getting worse …

    Rep. Joe Heck agrees with local radio host: Gabbby Giffords is a “prop” …” who can’t even clap her hands”

  7. dakinikat says:

    North Dakota Senate passes “personhood” bill granting legal rights to fertilized eggs … /craaaazy

  8. dakinikat says:

    An Oklahoma bill would protect schools, teachers & students who push faith-based “theories” over scientific ones:

  9. RalphB says:

    BB I’m almost glad this time it’s a woman who is the total doofus for a change.