The pompous idiots at our SC State Legislature have been going at it with gusto again this year. Liston Barfield of Horry County has introduced H 3324, which would create a commission to study the creation of an "unborn children's monument." We might consider this an adjunct to the ever popular H3323, Barfield's House version (same as the Senate version) of the Personhood Amendment.
Before we get all paranoid about the expansion of the right-wing-nut arm of the Christian movement, let me explain that these dudes have been offering these amendments every year for some time now. In fact, in 2009, our own Wendell Gilliard cosponsored the monument bill. Let's all hope that he has matured and understands the difference between right-wing-nut "freedom" and democratic "freedom."
The personhood bill would guarantee the right to life for all born and "preborn" human beings. Unlike a "preowned" used car, a "preborn" human being is a fetus without any miles on it. Basically, it's a ridiculous made up word to try to justify the belief that life is the same before birth as after birth. Be aware that the only thing this bill promises is the right to life. Not health care, not a roof over a woman's head while the fetus is growing, not a nutritious diet. Just "life."
The Post and Courier headline yesterday tells us that in Greater Charleston black infants died at a much higher rate than white infants in 2011, which researchers attribute to poverty and other sociological factors. The article talks about the number of children that die before their first birthday. For the state, there are approximately 8 deaths per 1,000 infants under one year of age.
Isn't it appalling that Barfield and the other idiots who brag on their Christianity are wasting so much of their positions of responsibility working to shame women who choose not to bear a child, rather than improve and maybe increase the chances of life among those babies who have been born?