ABOVE: Amelia Hamilton
Shorter Amelia Hamilton, Wingnut News:
The Coat Hanger Argument & The Flaws Therein
- Don’t talk to me about alleys and coathangers; bitches who have abortions after we make them illegal deserve what they get.
Another dispatch from the Republican non-war on women comes from Amelia Hamilton, esteemed author of a children’s book explaining to the little tykes, in insipid verse, how the Bill of Rights keeps children safe in their homws by allowing mommy to blow the brains out of anyone who wanders onto the front porch. Amelia, when not crafting rhyming couplets about Jesus and the right to bear arms, is taking on those Godless baby-killing Dems who are getting all whiney about back-alley coat-hanger abortions once the Republican peace pow-wow with women makes all abortion illegal.
Don’t want to risk an unsafe abortion? Don’t have one.
Don’t want to be raped by Uncle Lester? Don’t have an uncle! Don’t want to die in childbirth? Stop fucking!
Fearing perhaps that her argument needs a little more oomph, Amelia wanders off into analogy land, a dangerous territory in Amelia’s case
The argument seems to be that, as women will have abortions anyway, they should be kept legal for safety reasons. Robbery, assault, and domestic violence are some of the top crimes in America. They are all illegal, and they all happen anyway. Should they, therefore, be made legal to keep them safe? We hear stories of people defending their homes or lives from criminal activity in which the criminals end up injured. Surely breaking the law should not be so dangerous!
No, Amelia, this is not like requiring people to give their money to robbers when politely asked to make robbery a safe activity for criminals. The better analogy is that the woman is the one being robbed and you are the one justifying a law that women should not be allowed outside the home and, if they do, well, they deserve to get robbed. The other problem with this dumb-assed analogy is that there are indeed laws that protect criminals. You can’t shoot a robber in the back as he’s walking away from you.
Stick with the kiddie books, Amelia.