I've been in a charitable mood lately. I've been trying to bridge the often narrow gaps that divide people in this country and preaching it's time for a change. I've been workin' real hard on living the life I'm preaching.
Then Becks sends me this little nugget of idiocy.
For those of you to lazy to go follow the link (hey don't feel bad, I'm normally just as bad) let me give you the leading paragraph
An interim legislative committee is considering a bill that would prohibit gays, lesbians and single people in Indiana from using medical science to assist them in having a child
Yeah you read it right. Want to go the in vitro route to have a child? Best get yourself to the JOP and get hitched. If you aren't married and want to have a child - well then I'd suggest moving to a state that is less regressive, say Texas or Alabama.
The state representative responsible for this piece of water closet refuse is Patricia Miller, a life long Democrat and - no just kidding. This kind of invasion of personal privacy can only come for the Holier than Thou branch of the Republican Party. Ms. Miller seems to think that the state should have "similar requirements to adoption in Indiana" for any non intercourse preganancy.
I checked the calendar - it isn't April Fools. This lady is serious.
The bill defines assisted reproduction as causing pregnancy by means other than sexual intercourse, including intrauterine insemination, donation of an egg, donation of an embryo, in vitro fertilization and transfer of an embryo, and sperm injection.
It then requires "intended parents" to be married to each other and says an unmarried person may not be an intended parent.
Oh yeah - and doctors are not allowed to perform the procedure unless a couple is certified.
Worse, it's not even just whether your married or unmarried - it's a complete workup of your family background, your fertility background, income, medical history, oh and what you do for fun - like go to church or not. The (not so) Great State of Indiana would be in the business of deciding what womb is fit and what womb isn't. What's more - this isn't just for state funded procedures - it seems to apply to every woman who may need medically assisted impregnation.
Can anyone say the Hoosier Handmaiden's Tale?
Representative Miller claims that she modeled the bill after the type of background check that one would go through to adopt a child. Problem is, that that is a lie. She forgets to mention that you can be a single woman in Indiana can adopt a child. DOH. Kind of an oversight there I think. Or, maybe not an oversight - maybe an intentional ommision to garner sympathy from folks to lazy too go learn the facts.