Seance With Your Fetus Bill Comes Back to Life

By now you all know that Senate Bill 79 sponsored by Elizabeth Tori, Jack Westwood, Katie Stine, Gary Tapp Tapp Tapp and Damon Thayer was killed in committee on Tuesday, thanks to Tom Burch. Mainly because no one could figure out why on earth it was appropriate to force a seance with your fetus.

But last night Elizabeth Tori attached the contents of SB 79 to House Bill 241, legislation covering things like Botox and tattoos.

Why is this problematic? Because HB 241 goes back to the House today for agreement/concurrence and a full House vote. That means that if Greg Stumbo calls it for a vote, the bill will pass with the fetal seance amendment attached.

Frank Simon has called out his fellow bigots to get it passed:

This is at least a “minor” miracle! Senate Bill 79 – The Ultrasound Bill – was killed in Rep. Tom Burch’s House Health & Welfare Committee on Tuesday morning with an 8-8 tie vote. Last night, courageous senators attached the essence of SB 79 to House bill 241 that had cleared the House and was in the Senate. Today, it will be sent back to the House for “concurrence” (agreement) by a full House vote. If House Leadership let’s the House vote, it will pass!

This is major!!! Kentucky is already one of the nation’s leading pro-life states; this will help the nation as we offer more leadership to the pro-life faithful across the country.

So. If you think Simon is whack, aren’t keen on forcing a woman to have a seance with her fetus and think Elizabeth Tori is a first-rate hack for being so deceptive, get in touch with Greg Stumbo and let him know there’s no way this should be approved by the House.

Frank Simon Loves John Will Stacy

The militia folks have been clamoring all about Frankfort lately over HCR 168 filed by John Will Stacy. We’re pretty certain he filed it just to get somebody in West Liberty off his back. Because you know something is up when Frank Simon sends out an email blast praising him and the resolution.

Here’s the text of the resolution:

Declare state sovereignty over powers not given to the the federal government by the U. S. Constitution; demand the federal government to cease mandates beyond constitutionlly delegated powers; prohibit federal legialtion requiring state passage of laws under threat of penalties or sanctions; direct the Clerk to distribute copies of the Resolution.

And here’s Simon’s email:

Will you please click on the voter voice link at the end of this e-mail to send an enthusiastic “Thank You” to KY State Representative John Will Stacy for introducing House Concurrent Resolution 168 that makes Kentucky the 15th state to introduce a bill affirming the Constitutional Rights of the States? And also ask your state senator and state representative to vote for HCR 168.

Over the years, we have seen a continual degradation and undermining of the powers of the states. Attempts to usurp the role of the states in directing education through the ‘no Child Left Behind” legislation is just one example of an unconstitutional and an unfunded mandate being forced upon the states. That is why we need HCR 168.

Open the attachment to learn more about this issue.


Frank G Simon

Who really believes states shouldn’t have to abide by federal law? Anyone? The far right always ratchets this mess up when abortion or the gays are the hot ticket item of discussion.

Simon, who just loves the gays, non-whites and women is hosting a rally in Frankfort tomorrow at 11:00 A.M. It’s in honor of, well, we’ll just let you read his own words:

The Kentucky Legislature is currently considering legislation on the sanctity of life, public decency, family-friendly school testing, adoption reform, special needs alternatives and marriage.

That’s right. Adoption “reform” and “family-friendly” school testing. It’s always about families. The old man’s fear tactic. Let’s not forget that the rally is also in opposition to scary “interlopers” who seduce our white women, impregnating them against their will! You know, the fathers who want to support their children.

Fancy Guest Democratic Bloggy McBloggerson

This afternoon we’re treating (punishing!) you with some fancy anonymous Democratic guest blogging from, well, an unnamed Democrat who worked deeply on the 2008 general election. Because we’re in meetings and such all afternoon and into the early evening.

Here ya go:

There’s a bill in the state house right now–HB 28– that has religious conservatives up in arms. This is, in and of itself, not horribly unusual. Religious conservatives get up in arms over the thought that they’re being denied equal access to a godly license plate, so I try not to pay them too much mind (before you criticize too much, bear in mind that I’ve come over the past several weeks to view myself as a religious liberal, even– so this isn’t about the intervention of God in the story). Let’s go to the ususally-homophobic Marty Cothran for the tale of the tape…

The bill, House Bill 28, would allow the father of child born from an adulterous relationship with a married woman to claim parental rights to the child even after the woman had reconciled with her husband. The bill would effectively overturn the Rhoades v. Rickett’s decision in which the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled last year that the marriage prevailed over the biological father’s claim.

“At a time when we need to be strengthening the legal status of marriage, this bill weakens it,” said Martin Cothran, senior policy analyst with The Family Foundation of Kentucky. “A marriage does not automatically end when one party to the marriage commits adultery, but that would be the legal effect of this bill.”

He continues later in the day to assert that his opposition is based in part on the fact that the passage of HB 28 into law would allow rapists to assert parental rights. Yes, because prior to Rhoades v Ricketts there were rapists asserting parental rights willy-nilly. We could really get in the weeds here, as Carey allows himself to do– rapists are asserting parental rights? Really? But there are bigger fish to fry, because as a straight, not always chaste man, I’m more than a little upset about the loss of paternal rights here.

You see, there has been, for some time, quite a bit of righteous outrage over women’s bodies, and the rights that come along with being able to use those bodies to create another living being. But men have been off the hook, more or less because we don’t have to carry the child. That argument, however, comes with a clear-cut expiration date. And this is going to open a very large can of worms: the date of fetal viability. Yeah. HB 28 isn’t just about adultery and rape and holding down the gays like Marty Cothran wants you to think. It’s also about aboriton. But what did I say? I’m not getting in the weeds. There are multi-million dollar organizations that talk about aborition on both sides of the aisle. But what about paternal rights and responsibility? Martin Cothran’s organization has an agenda–they’re pushing against this legislation because it helps the chances that teh gays and teh sluts will never get what they want–but what about those of us outside the universe of right-wing hate?

It’s like this: marriage and childbirth are not, despite the many assertions of The Family Foundation/Focus on the Family/etc/etc a binary set. One can, and frequently does, happen without the other, and when that happens, it’s not neccesarily a bad thing (see also: Sweden, where some 70% of children are born out of wedlock). In the event of one happening without the other…we need to protect the rights of the father as much as we do the rights of the mother. So yes, the citizenry should be aflame for what the rejection of HB 28 could potentially mean for gay rights and abortion down the road. But in Kentucky, I don’t trust that that will meet muster. So try this: men who believe that they would be responsible fathers, even under the worse circumstances– this bill is for you.

Interesting Notes From Frankfort Today

There was a hearing in the Senate Transportation Committee this morning that could only be classified as… interesting. Bryan Wickens, head of Reclaim Our Culture Kentuckiana (ROCK), was appealing the Transportation Cabinet’s decision to deny his application for an “In God We Trust” license plate.

J. Todd Shipp, who is an attorney for the Cabinet, testified that ROCK’s application was denied solely because of faith-based prohibitions (separation of church and state) set by the legislature.

Naturally, that didn’t sit well with some blowhards. Transportation Committee chairman Ernie Harris (Republican from Crestwood) then lost his cool, and rattled off something about the Cabinet having a predisposition to deny the application and it was lucky to have found an “excuse” to do just that.

And then there was lots of typical ACLU-bashing.

Exciting ways to waste taxpayer time and money in Frankfort, kids. Exciting times.

Tom Riner is Still Embarrassing Kentucky

Is this really the image of Kentucky we want New York Times readers to have?

On Saturday, the paper did a lengthy story about Tom Riner’s efforts to incorporate his religious beliefs into everything he does in state politics.

Tom Riner looks for God everywhere, and in places he does not find him, he tries to put him there.

For more than 30 years, Mr. Riner’s singular devotion has been to inject God into the public arena. It has guided him as he preached the Bible in the countryside of Nicaragua and Jamaica. And it steers him as he proselytizes the formerly homeless and drug-addicted people who live with him at his ramshackle church in one of the poorest sections of this city.

But this unrelenting mission has also frequently taken Mr. Riner and the Kentucky legislature, where he has been a Democratic representative for 26 years, across the constitutional barrier between church and state.

Not surprisingly, his efforts have cost the Commonwealth of Kentucky a ton of money in legal fees over goofy issues. Issues like requiring state law to acknowledge God’s role in protecting us.

Next up, Riner will turn his family of eleventy billion children into an army that will eat every small child in his gerrymandered House district. Then his wife will rig another legislative district election, in a van, with a bunch of white people who probably aren’t even from her district.