Burch: Tennessee leads Dark Ages revival

Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 9:05pm
By Michael R. Burch

It should come as no surprise to anyone that a Tennessean is leading the charge of the Dark Brigade in its latest attempt to return women’s rights to the Middle Ages. According to a Democratic Underground article, “Rep. Marsha Blackburn found herself at the center of an emotionally charged debate over abortion Tuesday, as she led Republican efforts to pass a bill prohibiting the procedure more than 20 weeks into a pregnancy.”

An Associated Press dispatch noted that the House passing the “far-reaching anti-abortion bill” was seen by conservatives as a “milestone” in their “40-year campaign against legalized abortion." Of course many conservatives see the bill as a steppingstone to eventually banning all abortions. After all, that has been the GOP’s official stance for years, and it was just reaffirmed at the last Republican presidential convention.

According to Blackburn’s medieval “logic,” in her own words, the bill is “an appropriate response to Kermit Gosnell’s house of horrors.” Now I am not going to defend Gosnell or any doctor who breaks the law of the land, especially the law against murder. But if my neighbor murders his children, I don’t launch an attack aimed at someone else’s wife. In the same way, there is no need to punish pregnant girls and women for Gosnell’s alleged crimes. Doctors should be held accountable to proper medical practices and the law of the land, but the crimes of doctors must not be used to rob other people of their rights.

According to Blackburn’s way of thinking (I use the term loosely), if a black gang member commits a crime, we should be able to pass legislation that strips black women of their constitutional rights. Of course that makes no sense. In the case of abortion, I believe there are two overriding questions. The first is: “Do women have the right to make decisions about their own bodies?” The second is: “Can abortion save unwanted babies from pain vastly greater than the brief pain of an abortion?” If the answer to both these questions is “yes,” we obviously don’t need legislation that makes abortion illegal, or puts a time limit on it.

To me it seems perfectly obvious that girls and women should have the right to decide whether they want to risk their lives, health, mental well being and futures by bringing children into the world. The decision to become a mother is a monumental decision, and I don’t think Marsha Blackburn, or anyone else, has the right to tell a young girl that she has no choice except to risk her life in childbirth, for a baby she doesn’t want.

And it also seems perfectly obvious to me that many unwanted babies born to mothers who are strung out on drugs and living with abusive men, are going to suffer vastly more than an aborted fetus. Life on earth can be incredibly difficult with the best of parents. It can literally become hell with neglectful and/or abusive parents.

Of course no caring, thinking person wants any baby to be aborted. Of course if there is going to be an abortion, we would all prefer for the abortion to happen before the central nervous system has developed to the point that a fetus can feel pain. But still, we have to carefully consider the nature of reality, the “nature of nature.” And the nature of this world is that it can be incredibly hard on unwanted babies. There is no law that can force a prostitute with AIDS, who’s strung out on heroin and being beaten by her pimp, to be a good mother. There is no law that can force her to be responsible, and seek an abortion in the first 20 weeks of her pregnancy. So why should there be a law that forces her baby to enter an incredibly difficult world, with a terrible disease and a terrible addiction, into the arms of an unfit mother and an abusive father? Why should multitudes of unwanted babies be punished, along with multitudes of American girls and women facing incredibly difficult choices, for the crimes of a single doctor, or a handful of doctors?

There are many girls and women who are unfit to be mothers. I would not want to be born to them. Would you? In my opinion, Marsha Blackburn is unfit to be an elected official, because she is working to strip American girls and women of their rights, while condemning unwanted babies to hell on earth.

Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com.

74 Comments on this post:

By: HoundDog on 6/21/13 at 5:25

Marsha Blackburn is one of the principal reasons that Tennessee is the political laughing stock of the United States.

By: yogiman on 6/21/13 at 6:27

To have an abortion is a personal matter. No one else' business. If a young girl, or adult woman doesn't want to have a child she shouldn't have intercourse with a man.

My personal beliefs are the only reason a female should have an abortion is if they are raped or made pregnant by incest.

But the "murder" of the unborn child should be immediately after the intercourse, not after weeks or months of its pregnancy.

By: govskeptic on 6/21/13 at 6:38

"The brief pain of an abortion"? I don't think even the defense attorney for the
murdering Philly doctor would have used that statement to describe the victims
of his actions. Neutering rapist and those fathers of many unsupported children
would be brief pain as well, but that would be/and has been considered far to severe by those on the left, yet here we have an OK to " finish off" a live birth on the delivery
table. While the Senate will have no part of it, the bill pushed by Rep. Blackburn
did pass the house by a pretty large margin.

When are we going to get a Friday Editorial on the sorry actions and statements
of that great Tennessee Representative from the 9th District?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/21/13 at 7:36

Blackburn is a disgrace.

By: yogiman on 6/21/13 at 7:46

A man who knowingly has incest, especially with his daughter, deserves a helluva lot more pain than 'cutting' him would give.

Hell, how much pain has any male animals shown when they were [cut]? His testicles should be squeezed with a pair of pliers when they're pulled out. And don't cut the cords, just pull them out.

By: yogiman on 6/21/13 at 7:50

[Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder], B2. Blackburn is a disgrace to you because she doesn't "follow your thoughts".

The people in her district apparently seem to think she's doing a good job. At least for them, and aren't they the ones she's representing?

By: BenDover on 6/21/13 at 8:26

Who the hell supports late term abortions?

They should have been banned decades ago.

Burch even says he's against it in his article.

To paraphrase, "I don't like late term abortion but Marsha Blackburn sucks!".

He builds a strawman by expanding the discussion to all abortion then goes off in a frenzy as if there will every be enough political support to ban abortions since we passed the 19th amendment.

Very sophomoric today.

By: BenDover on 6/21/13 at 8:28

every -shb-> ever

By: budlight on 6/21/13 at 8:46

The first is: “Do women have the right to make decisions about their own bodies?” The second is: “Can abortion save unwanted babies from pain vastly greater than the brief pain of an abortion?” If the answer to both these questions is “yes,” we obviously don’t need legislation that makes abortion illegal, or puts a time limit on it.

A woman's body is her own. But the baby inside the body is not "part" of her body. The baby is a totally separate individual with DNA of its own, with a heart of its own, a brain of its own and separate nervous system, lymph system, blood system and it is a totally unique individual that deserves to live. A woman's body is merely the vehicle in which the child's life is stored and then transported into this world. So no one has the right to KILL anyone just because they don't want the inconvenience of a child. AND rape and incest are rare compared to the number of consenting sexual acts that go on.

"Brief pain of abortion"? Are you insane Burch? How do you know that the pain is brief? Have you been aborted? Have you had an abortion? Do you know the psychological affects that abortion (killing a child) have on some women? And some women become sterile even with legal abortions. Some women commit suicide after they have an abortion.

You say "There are many girls and women who are unfit to be mothers. I would not want to be born to them. Would you?" So you got lucky and had a fit mother, but you fail to mention fathers. There are some men who have been deprived of the chance to raise their child because the woman carrying the child decided for him that she and she alone had the right to abort. What about the pain of those men? Where do you place a father's rights in this? After all, he's ONE HALF of the problem and may end up being ALL of the solution if given a chance.

Killing is wrong. And 20 days after conception, there is a heart beating.

This is my question to you and the abortion screamers: Why didn't your own mothers abort you? Would you rather she had aborted you because your life is so miserable that you want others not to get the chance to experience life? Do any of you have children? Why didn't you abort them? Are they miserable having you as parents? Are you encouraging them to have casual sex and using abortion as birth control?

It's not cut and dry. It's a child's right to be born. Just as it was YOUR right. And if you don't believe your life has been worth the risk, then just off yourself after you read this cause we don't want you to suffer any more pain in your useless life. Now that sounded cruel and harsh, just the way you all sound when you scream "KILL THE BABIES", BUT LET THEIR MOTHERS LIVE! Shame on you all.

By: sickofit on 6/21/13 at 8:47

If Marsha would do her job and actually worry about things that are important to the people of Tennessee instead of riding on the GOP/TP war on women, then I might think differently but everything I have seen is Marsha doing the bidding of the Conservative madness that has taken over. This Congress is the most do nothing, obstructive Congress EVER. We are a laughing stock. We have made The Daily Show, the Colbert Report and provided other comedians with plenty of material. She blasts the President and now she is trying to take away my choice of whether I want to have a child? Go ahead Marsha, keep it up. There are many people in Tennessee that don't agree with you. You can't legislate morality and you need to actually do something that benefits the people. We pay your salary. Sick to death of it.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/21/13 at 8:48

Incest;

Where did Cain fine a wife, if his parents were the only two humans?

By: budlight on 6/21/13 at 8:51

Oh and I forgot, it has it's own set of totally unique fingerprints, it's own eyes, ears, mouth, nose, fingers, toes, organs. So how is it "PART" of a woman's body? It is not a gangrene thumb or toe that needs to be cut off; it is not a decaying tooth that needs extracted; it is not a cancerous tumor that needs to be removed. A baby is a separate, unique individual human being that needs to be given the same chance as the mother (and father) got to have life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Besides that, if given a chance, the child might find a cure for cancer some day, or the answer to autism, or a cure for any of the numerous diseases we have. Or it might grow up to be an honest person who becomes President.

By: budlight on 6/21/13 at 8:58

sickofit said "She blasts the President and now she is trying to take away my choice of whether I want to have a child? "

Your choice is not taken away. You can use birth control pills properly for less than $10 a month. You can now take a morning after pill purchased over the counter with no prescription. You can use a condom. And you can figure out when you ovulate and only have sex when you are NO T ovulating.

That's 4 choices, each of which work from 50% to 95% of the time. Combine them all together and you probably have a 99.9% of not conceiving.

Too hard for you to do all that cause you want spontaneous gratification? Well, get over yourself and start thinking of that life you might create. Last choice: Buy a vibrator - it's 100% safe and probably not as likely to cause STD's.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/21/13 at 9:11

http://www.politifact.com/personalities/marsha-blackburn/

Marsha Blackburn lies. That's not an opinion, that's fact. She is a poor choice for a representative.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/21/13 at 9:13

Government waste.

By: bfra on 6/21/13 at 9:24

bud sure know all about having & not having children to have NOT had any!

By: Captain Nemo on 6/21/13 at 9:26

Thanks for that link, Blanket.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/21/13 at 9:31

I only have second hand knowledge about it, but my wife felt very much that the baby inside her, was apart of her body for 9 months. She also believed that a woman had the right to choose.

By: budlight on 6/21/13 at 9:44

bfra, I have family and friends who have had children so I know something about it through their experience. AND you men on here have never had a baby.

Nemo, it's in her body for 9 months and is still a totally separate, unique individual. The right to choose starts with the right to choose safe sex. That could eliminate all the killing of innocent babies if people were smart and humane about their choice.

And you all never talk about the father's rights. Why is that?

By: bfra on 6/21/13 at 9:50

9:44AM comment proves - Bud didn't learn much from someone else's maternity experiences.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/21/13 at 10:05

Then you get pregnant, bud and then see if you think same.

If anything, bud babies are parasites.

By: budlight on 6/21/13 at 10:21

Captain Nemo on 6/21/13 at 10:05
Then you get pregnant, bud and then see if you think same.

If anything, bud babies are parasites.

And old FrrrTS LIKE YOU ARE PARASITES. Nemo, is your mother living? Why didn't she abort you? You and others like you deny "everyone" the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. WHY? My answer is "because you think you all can play God and decide who can live" much like ObamaCare with panels who will decide on viability of individual healthcare (ie, death panels).

One change of subject: A polygamist group is now going to pursue legalization of polygamy in the US because they believe they are entitled to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness".

Then when they win, the Pedophile Society of America, the Incest Society and the Beastieality Society are all seeking legalization.

By: MamaG on 6/21/13 at 10:32

By: budlight on 6/21/13 at 9:44
Nemo, it's in her body for 9 months and is still a totally separate, unique individual. The right to choose starts with the right to choose safe sex. That could eliminate all the killing of innocent babies if people were smart and humane about their choice.

The right to choose starts with not having sex at all. Knowing the consequences of your actions if you do have sex and if you do become pregnant.

I bet all you anti-abortionists are all proponents of the death penalty, aren't you?

Also, 'budlight' a child is not a totally separate thing. It is part of both parents, and grows inside a woman. (See, that's what makes their bellies get bigger, it's a baby growing inside them.) It totally depends on the mother for life support until it is ready to come out (still attached, I might add) or until it is cut out, like a tumor or decaying toe. Not until it is born and the cord is cut does it become a totally separate living thing.

By: MamaG on 6/21/13 at 10:34

Bud, do you believe in the death penalty?

By: MamaG on 6/21/13 at 10:35

Do you support the death of criminals is what I'm asking.

By: bfra on 6/21/13 at 10:44

MamaG - Bud doesn't know anything about babies.

By: MamaG on 6/21/13 at 10:46

bfra-I think you may be right, but she certainly has opinions on them! LOL

By: BenDover on 6/21/13 at 10:48

I'm against the death penalty... and hopefully no one is 'for' abortion with many being against it and others seeing it as a tragic reality with which our society must contend.

I'm certainly against late term abortion which is the position Burch has found need to criticize here today.

By: bfra on 6/21/13 at 10:49

MamaG - Weird opinions from what she has put on the board!

By: brrrrk on 6/21/13 at 10:51

Why is it that we don't use the same standards for "life" at the beginning of life as we do at the end?

By: Captain Nemo on 6/21/13 at 10:53

I love my children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren and they are total parasites in the beginning and become lest so as they grow up. But the fact that I love them is something you will never understand, bud. You will never know the lost of a good nights sleep because of them. You will never understand what it is like to see the world again through their eyes. But through it all they were total parasites for nine months and still are to some degree today.

By: bfra on 6/21/13 at 10:54

Ben - I'm certainly against late term abortion which is the position Burch has found need to criticize here today.
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Show where Burch criticizes being against late term abortion.

By: budlight on 6/21/13 at 11:10

By: MamaG on 6/21/13 at 10:34
Bud, do you believe in the death penalty?
Not for unborn babies.

I know exactly what it is like to see the world through the eyes of a child. I actually WAS a child before I became one.

Life at the end brrrk? You mean dying with dignity?

Nemo, my parents nor grandparents ever called me a parasite. What an awful thing to say to a child who is forming it's opinion of itself (self-esteem). What a terrible thing to think about a precious life.

Again I ask you all: WHY DIDN'T YOU ABORT YOUR CHILDREN IF YOU THINK IT'S SO COOL AND ALRIGHT?

No one answered. Didn't think so. You are all like Gosnell: It's OK to kill THEM, but you all want to live. Why did he plead out? SO HE COULD LIVE.

Life is valuable and precious for everyone.

And if the law says that certain CRIMES are punishable by death, then why would anyone commit that crime, knowing the penalty is death? Only stupid people do that. Kinda like the Stupid guy who killed his doctor wife in the Governor's Club. Stupid, stupid, stupid and useless.

I don't speed cause there are consequences; I don't steal - consequences; I don't commit murder - Consequences.

If you don't like the death penalty for certain crimes, CHANGE THE LAWS. It's possible, you know. But it takes dedication and work. Something you can't do if you're typing on this site all day long.

By: budlight on 6/21/13 at 11:11

I know exactly what it is like to see the world through the eyes of a child. I actually WAS a child before I became one.

Before I became an adult, that is.

By: MamaG on 6/21/13 at 11:14

LOL, Nemo!

By: bfra on 6/21/13 at 11:14

Bud - Knowing how your brain works, did you peep out thru the naval?

By: MamaG on 6/21/13 at 11:17

Budlight, you're missing the point. IT'S A CHOICE.
You said:
By: MamaG on 6/21/13 at 10:34
Bud, do you believe in the death penalty?
Not for unborn babies.

That wasn't my question. I asked if you believe in and do you support the death penalty. My immediate post after this should have clarified that for you. Answer the question, hypocrite.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/21/13 at 11:24

Once again bud in your 11:11 post, you left out a key word in my post. I said through their eyes again. Again being that key word. Not from you ancient dead past.

By: brrrrk on 6/21/13 at 11:24

budlight said

"Life at the end brrrk? You mean dying with dignity?"

No, I'm referring to the definition of life. When a person ceases to have a certain level of brain activity, they are considered dead. So, why not use that standard at the beginning as well. What difference does if make if that lack of brain activity is at the beginning or the end? As George Carlin used to say, "I'm just looking for some consistency here."

By: Captain Nemo on 6/21/13 at 11:28

bud is a prim example of government waste.

By: pswindle on 6/21/13 at 11:49

When Marsha Blackburn speaks, I say WHAT! I have heard her speak in person and believe me it is no better. She just doesn't make sense because she is not up to par on subject matter or knowledgeable about most issues. A bunch of white men and Marsha do not have the right to make decisions about a woman's body or anything concerning health issues. That is between she and the her doctor. I do not understand whey the people of her distract want someone this dense to represent them.

By: MamaG on 6/21/13 at 11:54

By: bfra on 6/21/13 at 11:14

Bud - Knowing how your brain works, did you peep out thru the naval?

She must have, bfra, she apparently had cognitive thoughts in the womb!

By: brrrrk on 6/21/13 at 11:55

pswindle said

"When Marsha Blackburn speaks, I say WHAT! I have heard her speak in person and believe me it is no better."

And don't you just love the way the right trotted her out on stage when Franks blew everything to hell? It gives you an idea as to what the right thinks of voters (and particularly women voters); that they would believe that everyone would just buy all this crap because it's being presented by a women. It's an insult our intelligence.... or maybe more importantly an indicator of how dumb they think their own supporters are.

By: bfra on 6/21/13 at 11:59

MamaG - Trolls create all types of imaginary situation for themselves & eventually it would seem, they start to believe their own shams.

By: MamaG on 6/21/13 at 12:10

LOL-bfra! She must be 'working' right now. ha!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/21/13 at 12:14

pswindle, she hates Obama and that's all it takes (obviously) to get elected in her district. BTW, she doesn't agree to equal pay in the workplace either. I don't know how any woman could support her.

By: brrrrk on 6/21/13 at 12:20

Maybe Blackburn is part of this group.....

www.christiandomesticdiscipline.com

By: Captain Nemo on 6/21/13 at 12:32

Now people you know bud loves the attention. She thinks that rising is like training a dog. I for one am glade she doesn’t have children. Darwinism works in this case.

By: brrrrk on 6/21/13 at 12:50

HoundDog said

"Marsha Blackburn is one of the principal reasons that Tennessee is the political laughing stock of the United States."

And then you have guys like Fincher. Here's a scripture recitin' man who wants to cut food stamps to the needy while getting thousands in farm subsidies. In Tennessee the average food stamp recipient gets $4.40 a day, and often the recipient is receiving money that is used for the entire family. And how much did Fincher receive each and every day in farm subsidies in 2012? $193 per day...... DAMN, how can you live on $193 a day?

By: bfra on 6/21/13 at 12:55

Golly yogi gets farm subsidies & he doesn't even own a farm, just a few acres of up & down land and lots of rocks. I am sure that isn't the way it is reported to the government.