Last week, Missouri Rep. Chuck Gatschenberger (R) got some backlash for comparing the decision to have an abortion to the decision to buy a car. But that hasn’t stopped his colleagues from making their own automobile-related analogies. At a legislative hearing on Tuesday, another member of the state legislature compared women’s reproductive health resources to cars.
The comments came during a hearing on House Bill 1613, a proposed measure that would make it more difficult for women to access abortion services by forcing them to wait three days after receiving a mandatory “counseling” session. In response, opponents attached an amendment to the bill that would impose the same restrictions on “crisis pregnancy centers” — right-wing facilities that seek todissuade women from choosing to end a pregnancy — that are forced on abortion clinics. Rep. Kurt Bahr (R) didn’t agree with that amendment, and turned to cars to make his point.(Think Progress)
And what was Rep. Bahr’s response to this? Another chance to compare women to cars:
“I’m trying to understand the need for this amendment…We’re saying a pregnancy resource center, that doesn’t provide abortions, should be held by same standards as an abortion facility?” Bahr said in an exchange that was recorded by Progress Missouri. “It’s kind of like saying a model car shop has to abide by the same standards as actual auto mobile repair place. They’re two totally different things that do two totally different functions.”(Think Progress)
For the record, Mr. Bahr, they’re still businesses that can be regulated under state law but that’s not the point to be made here…for all the talk Republicans have made in regards to trying to rebrand the party in order to win over the votes of women across America, they still keeping tripping themselves up again and again.
It’s as if they just don’t know what to do…or it could be that voters that figured out how to shut that whole thing down, if you know what I mean.