Fourth post of the day. I'm thinking of revising and expanding the "wild oats" piece below to make it more coherent.
I've been playing Shakira's Laundry Service over and over again lately. My beautiful and wonderful wife has nothing to worry about, mind, but like so many other folks out there, I'm totally captivated by the gal from Barranquilla. I can't think of any other "top 40" pop artist in recent years whose music I've enjoyed so much, so consistently.
Though I'm no longer a member of Feminists for Life, I still get their email alerts. Today, in regards to SB 403 (dealing with the ability of minors to cross state lines to get access to reproductive services), I got this:
Dear Feminist for Life:
We have a final opportunity for the 109th Congress to pass legislation that would protect minors from being transported across state lines to obtain an abortion without parental notification.
I am asking that you contact both of your U.S. Senators today and urge them to support passage of the Child Custody Protection Act or CIANA (Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act), S. 403.
This newly passed version is an even more comprehensive version than the original House-passed CIANA. Some of the highlights include:
- making it a federal offense to transport a minor across state lines to obtain an abortion;
- the requirement that every doctor performing an abortion notify at least one parent before performing an abortion on a minor who resides in a different state;
- and the bipartisan Senate-passed amendment—included in the new House version—that makes it a separate federal offense for a parent who impregnates a daughter to transport that daughter across state lines.
- It also bars a parent who has impregnated a daughter from benefiting from the right to sue those who violate other provisions in the bill.
Okay, let's leave aside the merits of the bill. What's up with the section I've put in bold? Newsflash, my friends at FFLA: no girl has ever been impregnated by her mom. Not one. The only parent that can impregnate a daughter is the father. In this instance, it's patently absurd to use the term "parent" when it clearly only refers to fathers.
Feminists for Life lost a lot of its credibility with me when it stopped actively campaigning against the death penalty as well as abortion (something it did throughout the late 1990s). It's really just another anti-abortion organization whose actual positions have become virtually indistinguishable from the generally anti-feminist Christian Right. And using the term "parent" here smacks of an eagerness to avoid offending those who might feel as if fathers were being unreasonably singled out.
Clearly, the secular left no longer has a monopoly on politically correct language.