Hot off their latest "prayer breakfast," North Carolina's Grand Old Patriarchy is gearing up for what promises to be a long and relentless assault on the rights of women. And why not? Everyone knows that women can't think for themselves. The weaker sex needs the government to ensure they are informed about their own bodies before they decide to terminate a pregnancy.
You see, women are especially stupid and ignorant when it comes to pregnancy. Just ask Taliban Stam. He has it all figured out. The government shouldn't be telling women about the importance of safe sex. That would be an insult to god. Nor should the government inform women about the risks of, say, brain surgery. Who cares about that? No, the only thing that really matters to Taliban Stam is passing a new law requiring women to understand that god wants them stay pregnant and have those blessed children no matter what. Plus, of course, he also wants to strip abortion coverage from insurance policies covering state employees and college students in the UNC system.
Bills to ensure that women don't get to think for themselves will most assuredly get through the General Assembly in the next few months. The same applies to cutting coverage for abortion for state employees. Which means that the only thing standing between North Carolina women and the Grand Old Patriarchy is Governor Beverly Perdue's veto pen.
If the Governor vetoes a bill, the bill is returned to the original house where 3/5 of present and voting members can vote to override the veto. If the original house votes to override the veto, the bill is sent to the second house where 3/5 of present and voting members must also vote to override the veto before the bill can become law.
It's a scary situation that our state is dependent on a single person, Governor Perdue, to stand tall and carry the burden sanity in the face of the coming right-wing assault. With history as a guide, I don't have huge confidence in her resolve. But it's the only defense we have, so let's make the most of it.
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