Wednesday, October 5, 2005

Today’s Nutsery

Once again a member of the party that claims they stand for smaller government and more freedom want to regulate the most private choices of the people they don’t like.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) | Oct 4, 4:18 PM

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.

Sen. Patricia Miller (R-Indianapolis) said state law does not have regulations on assisted reproduction and should have similar requirements to adoption in Indiana.

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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.

What is it with the right wing’s preoccupation with sex? Perhaps, as B. J. Hunnicutt noted, it’s a lack of occupation with sex.

Ken Falk, legal director for the Indiana Civil Liberties Union, said his office began hearing about the bill Friday, a day after the rough draft was discussed by the Health Finance Commission.

He said it sets up a clear discrimination that would be difficult to uphold in court, and considers the bill to be unique nationally.

“My question is ‘What is the danger that we are legislating against?’ Are we saying that only married persons should be able to be parents, which is certainly a slap in the face to many same-sex couples but also to many who do not have a partner but have undertaken being a parent,” Falk said.

Miller said the state often reacted to problems and that she wanted to be proactive on this issue.

“We’re not trying to stop people from having kids; we’re just trying to find some guidelines,” she said.

Guidelines for having kids? How about doing something about the straight teenagers that are out there making babies when they’re in Grade 9 instead of fretting about the gay couples who want to adopt a child? And why is it that all the people who want to set guidelines for birth control are the ones whose parents should have used it themselves?