Mississippi voters handily rejected a controversial bit of misogyny aimed at attacking Roe v. Wade by defining a fertilized egg as a legal person. Even in a state as conservative as Mississippi, voters baked at the prospect of a law so far-reaching that it could ban contraceptives that prevent implantation and even threaten the ability of a doctor to save a woman’s life by terminating a pregnancy. This would have gone far beyond enforcing consequences for irresponsible teens. It would have subverted a woman’s individual rights to those of another individual who is not, at least not in the sense of being able to exist separate from the woman.
Now, it’s no secret that I believe in wonen being free to make their own reproductive decisions with the counsel of those whose counse she would seek. I can see limitations around fetal viability and such, and if the pro-life movement were to advocate child-friendly policies: single-payer health care, paid maternity leave robust child care subsidies, etc., then there might be an extremely carefully crafted compromise to be had. But never would I advocate a policy that does not make exceptions for rape, incest, and the life or health of the mother.
But I digress…
In Ohio, in the main event of election night 2011, voters soundly rejected GOTP Governor John Kasich’s bid to repeal collective bargaining rights for state workers. This was the next front in the war to defend the middle class in the midwest, the successful recall of two state Senators in Wisconsin being the first. (By the way, a Republican assemblymember was recalled in Wisconsin!)
The next phase is the recall of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. The petitions are ready to go on November 15. It is likely that enough signature will be obtained and the GOP could lose a governor just as the clown car that is their presidential primary process is getting warmed up.
In Arizona, the GOP Senate leader who authored SB 1070 was recalled, although he was replaced with a fellow Republican.
In Kentucky, a Democratic governor was reelected.
Meanwhile, in Washington, the GOP lead House was busy telling the treasury to mint coins commemorating baseball and reaffirming “In God We Trust” as our national motto. Oh, and their friends in the Senate refused to debate another piece of the jobs bill. Keep in mind, they are the ones who campaigned on “where are the jobs.” They’ve offered no jobs legisilation.
Who know. Maybe they will learn and quit trying to undermine the President and instead pass the jobs bill.