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Virginia Republican Says A Pregnant Woman Is Just A 'Host,' Though 'Some Refer To Them As Mothers'

Posted by on Feb. 25, 2014 at 5:04 PM
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A pregnant woman is just a "host" that should not have the right to end her pregnancy, Virginia State Sen. Steve Martin (R) wrote in a Facebook rant defending his anti-abortion views.

Martin, the former chairman of the Senate Education and Health Committee, wrote a lengthy post about his opinions on women's bodies on his Facebook wall last week in response to a critical Valentine's Day card he received from reproductive rights advocates.

"I don't expect to be in the room or will I do anything to prevent you from obtaining a contraceptive," Martin wrote. "However, once a child does exist in your womb, I'm not going to assume a right to kill it just because the child's host (some refer to them as mothers) doesn't want it."

Martin voted for Virginia's mandatory ultrasound bill and supported a fetal personhood bill, which would ban all abortions and could affect the legality of some forms of contraception. The Virginia Pro-Choice Coalition had sent him a Valentine's Day card asking him to protect women's reproductive health options, "including preventing unwanted pregnancies, raising healthy children and choosing safe, legal abortion."

Martin reacted strongly to their letter.

"If it's your expectation that I should support such nonsense, I will be breaking your heart," he wrote. "You can count on me to never get in the way of you 'preventing an unintentional pregnancy.' I'm not actually sure what that means, because if it's 'unintentional' you must have been trying to prevent it."

Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, told The Huffington Post in an email that Martin's rant reveals the "contempt" that anti-abortion lawmakers have for women.

"Sen. Steve Martin obviously has zero understanding of the reality of reproductive choice and what it means for women to have control over their bodies, families, and lives," Keene said. "His remarks demonstrate what exactly these extreme lawmakers mean when they talk about 'personhood' - that pregnant women are no more than vessels. Even more outrageous, he also fails to understand how he as a lawmaker can help empower women to reduce unintended pregnancies -- something that should be a common goal for all."

UPDATE: 3:10 p.m. -- Sen. Steve Martin edited his Facebook post on Monday afternoon to refer to the woman as the "bearer of the child" instead of the "host." He did not immediately return a call for comment.


http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/4847959?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000013

by on Feb. 25, 2014 at 5:04 PM
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-Celestial-
by Pepperlynn on Feb. 25, 2014 at 5:04 PM
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....so does that make the embryo/fetus a parasite...

angelenia
by Silver Member on Feb. 25, 2014 at 9:53 PM
Technically? Kind of:/

Quoting -Celestial-:

....so does that make the embryo/fetus a parasite...

jessilin0113
by Platinum Member on Feb. 25, 2014 at 9:58 PM
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Personhood bills are self-defeating.  You can't have two people in the same body and allow them the same rights, so by assigning "personhood" to one of the entities, you take it away from the other.

This guy is a douche.  Ladies, just remember you are walking incubators, nothing more. 

cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Feb. 25, 2014 at 10:06 PM
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So women are just hosts, huh? Men are just sperm donors, then. 

AdrianneHill
by Platinum Member on Feb. 25, 2014 at 10:08 PM
putz.
SunshneDaydream
by Silver Member on Feb. 25, 2014 at 10:21 PM
SMH...another winner from my wonderful state...*eyeroll*
Casera
by on Feb. 25, 2014 at 10:26 PM
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Why would you liberal pro-death abortionists have a problem with this terminology? Doesn't it work with your "it's not a baby" ideology? If it's not a baby, you're not a mother. If it's just something living off of you, you're just the host, right? So...no big deal to kill it right? 

Oh, but.....you don't like being called a "host". That somehow makes you less than you are? Devalues your life in some way? 

Interesting. I find it a lot easier to think a host would kill a parasite than a mother would kill a baby.

PinkButterfly66
by Gold Member on Feb. 26, 2014 at 7:04 AM
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Another woman hating congressman we need to kick out of office.

Seasidegirl
by Gold Member on Feb. 26, 2014 at 9:36 AM
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That line sounds like something from the Margaret Atwood book The Handmaid's Tale, a book I highly recommend.

LaughCryLive
by Silver Member on Feb. 26, 2014 at 9:36 AM
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