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A recent LTE in the Washington Missourian called for “tough” abortion language in the federal health care/insurance reform bill and read like a memo from Bart Stupak.  How did we allow anti-abortion zealots to become so powerful?  They can terrorize the entire Congress of the United States just by stamping their feet.

In my reply to the Missourian, I pointed out that these are often the same people who attend “freedom” rallies and spout nonsense about Obama being a socialist/fascist.  (Which is like being a vegetarian and a carnivore simultaneously)

But when it comes to things they don’t want the rest of us to do, “freedom” isn’t even part of the equation.  Their definition of freedom – good.  Anyone else’s definition of freedom – bad.

They want to tell women who buy health insurance with their own money that they can’t be covered for reproductive health services.  Can you imagine the howls of protest if someone told these jokers that they couldn’t buy something with their own money?

And now they want to change the definition of “person” by amending the Missouri Constiution.

A group called Personhood Missouri is circulating petitions that will ask us in November if we approve that

the term “person” shall apply to every human being from the beginning of the biological development of that human being.

You can see where this is going, can’t you?  If it weren’t so serious, this would make a great Far Side cartoon.  Remember the one where the “boneless chickens” are hanging all over the fences and barn doors at the “boneless chicken ranch?”  I can see globs of menstrual discharge sitting around a courtroom demanding their rights.

If fertilized eggs have rights, the women in whose bodies they hang out are mere incubators.  If I didn’t know better, and I don’t, I’d say the religious extremists who preach male dominance have a hand in this effort to return to the dark ages when wives were property and pregnant spinsters were witches.

I, for one, won’t sign this petition if asked.