“If you don’t wanna get f*&ked this November, vote.”
That’s Lady Parts Justice’s message to voters. First, some context …
Much was made of the Republican takeover of the House of Representatives after the 2010 midterms. But the smart pundits at the time were quick to point out that the biggest electoral consequences would unfold at the state level, where Republicans picked up a net gain of more than 680 legislative seats.
State legislatures that had formerly been Democratic shifted to the right, and states that were already controlled by Republicans shifted even further to the right. That meant harsh illegal immigration measures. That meant anti-gay adoption laws. That meant drug testing welfare recipients. And, most dangerous of all, that meant passing bills aimed squarely at women’s reproductive rights. The result: a war on women.
Outnumbered, Democrats have fought back through … dark comedy. The three highest-profile tongue-in-cheek bills in response so far:
• In Virginia, Sen. Janet D. Howell offered an amendment to SB484 that read, “Prior to prescribing medication for erectile dysfunction, a physician shall perform a digital rectal examination and a cardiac stress test.” The amendment, which would have killed a bill that required women seeking an abortion to first undergo an ultrasound, nearly passed.
• In Oklahoma, State Senator Constance Johnson tried to combat a “personhood” abortion bill with an amendment that would ban beating off and wet dreaming, among other things: “Any action in which a man ejaculates or otherwise deposits semen anywhere but in a woman’s vagina shall be interpreted and construed as an action against an unborn child.”
• In Ohio, State Sen. Nina Turner introduced Senate Bill 307 in response to efforts like House Bill 125, known as the “Heartbeat bill,” which would prohibit abortions once the heartbeat is detected. Turner’s bill takes aim at men’s reproductive rights: “Before getting a prescription for Viagra or other erectile dysfunction drugs, men would have to see a sex therapist, receive a cardiac stress test and get a notarized affidavit signed by a sexual partner affirming impotency,” the Dayton Daily News reported.
Now, more laugh-til-you-cry comedy.
Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show and a must-follow on Twitter, has launched Lady Parts Justice. “Since 2011 there have been hundreds of creepy laws passed that strip away a woman’s right to privacy and access to healthcare,” her new site says. “This is one of them. For the sake of your lady parts, vote this November.” Watch the video above.
Read her kick-off op-ed on Boing Boing as well.