Consult your local school board and city council for all your medical decisions

Getting surgery is a lot like requesting a zoning change, you know.

Once again, Oz has opened his mouth and willingly given Fetterman a delightful bon mot for his campaign.

A woman can’t possibly decide to get an abortion on her own! She must have a doctor who decides for her, and a small troop civil servants and bureaucrats crowded into the clinic to vote on the procedure. The authorities must be involved in every step of a pregnancy!


  1. gijoel says

    This is going to turn into a Brazil (the movie, not the country) like dystopia.

    “Well, you should have applied for your abortion six years ago. There’s nothing for it, your request is denied. Good day.”

  2. wzrd1 says

    Based upon CNN’s reporting, the Mercy Rule should’ve been invoked because Fetterman had occasional problems due to his stroke.
    So, gimps should just stop and wait for the gas van to arrive for them.
    I guess I can just cancel that emergency vascular surgery and the valve repair then.

  3. mamba says

    Doctor? Sure, that makes sense as their might be complications and they can explain the specifics of the procedure. Unless your doctor is Dr. Oz of course, in which case…RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN TO ANOTHER!!!

    But involving anyone else? Unless you’re the father you have no say whatsoever, and even THEN you literally only have a say but far from the final vote. Political opinion is irrelevant. Religious opinion is irrelevant. They won’t be dealing with the pregnancy/kid/dead cell tissues so they have no say in the matter.

    Why this is complicated for some people will be a mystery to me forever.

  4. Akira MacKenzie says

    @ 1

    Well, the private prison system is already making inmates pay for their incarceration. So…

  5. raven says

    What are the qualifications of those “local political leaders” to have any say in someone’s abortion decision?
    They have none.

    What right do those “local political leaders” have to say anything about someone’s abortion decision?

    As PZ’s title implies, do you have to get local political leaders’ permission to have your appendix out, back surgery, a vasectomy, or cancer surgery?
    You do not and for good reasons. They are irrelevant.

  6. Akira MacKenzie says

    @ 6

    I remember when I was a young conservative and I recall the “response” to that argument: “No! Criminalizing abortion is an example of LIMITED government, because the so-called “right” to an abortion doesn’t exist! Government’s can’t create rights, only GOD can! The government aiding and abetting the murder of a child, a violation of their constitutionally protected RIGHT TO LIFE, is government intrusion and therefore BIG government!”

    Yeah, it doesn’t make sense, but’s what they believe.

  7. blf says

    The mildly deranged penguin points out this makes perfect sense: Along with your local religious kook, to whom you tithe, the local dictator requires his (usually) bribes. Failure to pay either is punished, albeit nowadays torture dungeons are not routinely built below the guildhalls, so they resort to more extreme methods, like validating all your votes as being for thugs (repuckicons, or, in teh “U”K, teh nasty party), whether or not you voted, are alive, or even ever existed.

  8. birgerjohansson says

    blf @ 9.
    The tories would certainly want such a society but the silly buggers are too split and too incompetent to enforce their vision of fascism after the clever ones were denied a place in parliament 2019
    (Bojo demanded total servility to him in the Brexit issue so rebels were not allowed to run for parliament).

  9. moonslicer says

    It could be worse. E.g., if you’re a transgender person wanting to transition, that’s between you, your doctor, the members of your country’s parliament, somebody’s god, and any Tom, Dick and Harry who wants to put in his two cents’ worth.

    And people say we trangender people are confused.

  10. Louis says

    1) An abortion kills a single baby (or small number of babies), preventing that life from blossoming for Jebus (TM).
    2) Silly lady persons who satanically kill babies this way need to consult local politicians beforehand to see if it’s okay first.
    3) Men wanking kills millions of potential babies, preventing those lives from blossoming for Jebus (TM).
    4) Therefore men, as satanic mass murdering baby murderers, should have their cocks imprisoned until a local politician approves their release for baby purposes.



    P.S. No. To all of this. Just no.