Cory Gardner, Asshole of the Day for October 1, 2014
by TeaPartyCat ()
Personhood bills and amendments are designed to give clumps of fertilized cells in a woman’s uterus the same rights that fully-realized humans have, with the purpose being to make all abortion illegal, as well as many forms of contraception. For example, the Personhood bill that was introduced in Congress in 2013 says:
The bill, according to the summary, “declares that the right to life guaranteed by the Constitution is vested in each human being beginning at the moment of fertilization, cloning, or other moment at which an individual comes into being.”
So, as you might imagine, something as extreme as giving clumps of cells the same rights as the woman that is carrying them, and thereby taking away control over that woman’s body from her is unpopular with a lot of voters. Which is how we get to the point where Rep. Cory Gardner denies he’s ever supported a Personhood bill, to the point of claiming it doesn’t even exist:
"There is no such thing as a federal personhood bill," Gardner said, more than once, despite the objections of Fox 31 Denver’s Eli Stokols.
But of course there is a federal personhood bill. He is a co-sponsor of it!
He has not renounced his cosponsoring of the bill; he merely wants to pretend it doesn’t exist until he can win this Senate election in Colorado. He wants people to vote for him as a reasonable, non-extremist, except he won’t walk away from that extremism. Guess what he’ll do when he gets to Washington?
So, for pretending a bill he co-sponsored doesn’t exist, Cory Gardner is the Asshole of the Day.
It is Cory Gardner’s first time as Asshole of the Day.
Full story: Talking Points Memo.