Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Even Orwell Would be Shocked



I just read a post on The Republic of T. (link takes you to the post itself) that has left ME, of all people, speechless.

In brief, Republicans in Indiana are trying to enact legislation to prevent any unmarried woman from becoming a parent through means other than "getting busy". Any woman seeking IVF or other forms of assisted reproduction would be required to obtain a "gestational certificate", proving that she is married. And the married couple has to be screened in the same way that prospective adoptive couples are. (Which is all well and good, but couples who get pregnant the old-fashioned way are automatically going to be Parents of the Year?)

What the hell is going on in this country of ours... the "land of the free, and the home of the brave"? Well, maybe there's something to that. We have to be pretty brave to live in a place that is, as T. points out, going the way of The Handmaid's Tale.
(Note that there is no provision for MEN who participate in what they call "unauthorized reproduction". Of course, those guys don't add to the single parent "problem" because they often leave the scene of the sperm deposit, never to be heard from again.)

It is not an overstatement to say that this sort of thing scares the bejeezus out of me. And wait a second, aren't these the same folks who are always whining about "no more big government"? News flash: It doesn't get much bigger than this.