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Virginia Republican Makes Excellent Pro-Choice Argument

The other week, Senator Steve Martin (R – Virginia) received a generic pro-choice Valentine’s Day greeting from the Virginia Pro-Choice Coalition. While being offended and taking action due to that offense is widely reviled among conservatives as a dirty liberal trait, the Senator decided to take to Facebook and express his disgust.

Since the English option doesn't work, I used French, the most liberal of languages.

Since the English option doesn’t work, I used French, the most liberal of languages.

I don’t expect to be in the room or will I do anything to prevent you from obtaining a contraceptive. 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 to remain alive.

Martin later changed the wording to read “the bearer of the child,” but the damage was done, of course. He also failed to correct his post to reflect his voting record, which strongly suggests that he is indeed invested in preventing access to contraception.

I, for one, am happy that Martin used that term. As he expressed in his Facebook post that he is “not actually sure what that [the word ‘unintentional’] means”, I will assume that he has issues looking up terms. Taking into account that he also has trouble with with facts (he thought Planned Parenthood and the KKK were both created by the Democratic Party), I will happily cite some definitions for the word “host” for him.

As Martin is a Baptist rather than a Catholic, I believe it is safe for me to set aside the ecclesiastical definition of “host” (as well as the computer-related and secondary biological ones) and stick to these four.

  1. A person who receives or entertains a guest, particularly into the host’s home.
    This definition would imply that abortion rights are well within Republican policies on home defense and stand your ground. One might argue that aborting a fetus causes less pain and harm overall than allowing the fetus to develop into a person then shooting them to death.
  2. A person or organization responsible for running an event.
    Generally speaking, running an event, especially a private one, gives a person or organization full rights over who is in attendance. Republicans are known for supporting the rights of private organizations to be as exclusive as they wish.
  3. A moderator or master of ceremonies for a performance.
    As a veteran of many a well- and poorly-moderated panel and events emceed by individuals of similarly-varying quality, I can tell you that a good mod or MC cannot be afraid to kick out the more unwanted types.

    Choose life!

    Choose life!

  4. A cell or organism which harbors another organism or biological entity, usually a parasite.
    I have never heard a Republican — or anyone, for that matter — argue that any living organism ought to be made to harbor any other living organism, even if ejection of the latter from the host would cause its death.

Today, according to the New York Daily News, the pro-choice coalition plans to protest at the gallery of the Virginia State by sporting shirts reading “NOT A HOST.” If any pregnant people show up to join the group, I’d hope they would wear shirts reading “HOST BY CHOICE.”

Heina Dadabhoy

Heina Dadabhoy

Heina Dadabhoy [hee-na dad-uh-boy] spent her childhood as a practicing Muslim who never in her right mind would have believed that she would grow up to be an atheist feminist secular humanist, or, in other words, a Skepchick. She has been an active participant in atheist organizations and events in and around Orange County, CA since 2007. She is currently writing A Skeptic's Guide to Islam. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+.

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2 Comments

  1. February 25, 2014 at 11:05 pm —

    *applause* Nice post.

  2. February 27, 2014 at 5:34 pm —

    Beautiful post, Heina. Yeah, pregnancy definitely qualifies as being a host by any biological definition. (As an aside, on conservatives being offended, I’ve put up a Scumbag GOP meme saying “political correctness is stupid/’homicide bomber’, ‘death tax'”. I’m personally offended by linguistic determinism, for indigenous-related reasons, but pointing out the hypocrisy is worth it.)

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