The anniversary of the September 11 attacks is always an important occasion for anti-abortion whackadoodles, because it's their special day to trot out “Every Day is 9/11 for the Unborn” memes with tasteful messages like “God hates your fake memorials.” But this September 11 is a particularly giddy moment for the people who fall for hoax Planned Parenthood sting videos, as NBC Bay Area reports that a proposed California ballot measure to classify abortion as first-degree murder has qualified to begin collecting signatures to appear on the November 2018 statewide ballot.
The announcement that the very subtly named “California Abortion as First-Degree Murder Initiative” was buried in a late Friday afternoon news dump from Secretary of State Alex Padilla, according to the Sacramento Bee. The measure has not qualified for the 2018 ballot but it will appear on the ballot if its army of troglodytes can successfully gather 365,880 valid and verified signatures by March 5, 2018.
“We received our circulating title to gather signatures and work to get Abolishing Abortion on the November 6th, 2018 ballot through a state ballot initiative that would amend our constitution,” organizer Danny Ehinger wrote Friday night on his Facebook page. “Please pray for our efforts. JESUS!”
“JESUS!,” indeed. I took a look at the full text of this anti-abortion measure, and you’d better believe it’s so bad it makes The Handmaid’s Tale look like a Tura Satana movie. Since fundamental meanness is such a critical part of the pro-life movement, the measure specifically outlaws “abortion including cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the woman.” The proposal would also assign first-degree murder status to the use of “certain forms of birth control” (without mentioning which ones!) as well as “embryonic stem cell research, some fetal tissue research; and many in vitro fertilization procedures.”
Wait a second . the pro-lifers are against in vitro fertilization? That is a method of helping women conceive a fetus! Can anyone chime in to the Comments section on what the damage is with these wingnuts that they oppose in vitro fertilization? That doesn’t even make sense!
Now perhaps I’m just giving these trolls too much oxygen by reporting on their kabuki theater publicity stunt. After all, even if the measure makes the ballot, it is hilariously doomed when 71 percent of Californians support abortion rights. Further, Chris Cadalego notes in the Sacramento Bee that the proposal “would undoubtedly be challenged on constitutional grounds because it eliminates a woman’s constitutional privacy right to end a pregnancy.”
But it’s the attempt to normalize language like “first-degree murder” with regards to abortion and birth control, with the crystal-clear goal of criminalizing reproductive rights. And if this abortion of an abortion ballot measure really does qualify for the 2018 election, then people, this is very much not a drill.
Still, if you could use some necessary perspective on what other bizarre, never-gonna-happen measures are also slated to receive title and summary to begin collecting signatures for the 2018 California ballot, consider that we also have the California Psilocybin Mushroom Decriminalization Initiative, California Three States Initiative, and the California No Taxes After Age 55 Initiative.