The anti-choice evangelicals are at it again.
Cheers filled the San Diego courthouse yesterday as the jury announced their astounding verdict: Scott Peterson will spend the rest of his life on Death Row. But is Peterson really guilty of murder, or is he merely the victim of a right-wing plot to undermine Roe v. Wade and ruin everyone's good time?
Make no mistake: Peterson was a jerk. However, condemning him for the murder of what Christian extremists call an "unborn child" will only give the anti-choice zealots the ammunition they need to completely abolish a woman's constitutional Right to Choose. By making it a double-felony to murder a pregnant woman, Bush's preposterous Unborn Victims of Violence Act was the opening salvo in his immoral war against women's reproductive rights. Now with the Peterson verdict, we find ourselves on a dangerously slippery slope to a Handmaid's Tale world of forced breeding and big, silly hats.
Sadly, Scott Peterson's isn't the only blood Bush has on his hands. The Shrub is solely responsible for the mysterious death of Peterson's wife, Laci, as well. From the moment she discovered that she was stricken with pregnancy, Laci Peterson began behaving as if the lifeless lump of goo inside her were actually alive. She named the goo. She bought clothes for the goo. She had a goo shower. Totally oblivious to the feminist's 40 year struggle against male hegemony, she strutted around town like some sort of expectant mother. In reality, she was a brainwashed automaton, programmed since birth to look forward to marriage, pregnancy and motherhood. Programmed, ironically, by the very same "family values" ilk who think sex is "dirty" and preach abstinence to their children!
It's enough to spark a murderous rage.
Laci Peterson's death was tragic, but let's be realistic. We can all feign shock and horror over the thought of a mangled fetus being picked at by crabs on the beach, but it doesn't change the fact that if abortion were safe, legal, and mandatory, Laci Petersen would be alive today.