In yet another extremist call for the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade and turn America into the GOP’s “Handmaid’s Tale” fantasy, Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) literally referred to women as “earthen vessels” on the House floor.
The six conservatives on the high court appear poised to strip women of their reproductive rights. And Republicans are all foaming at the mouth at the possibility that they will be able to oppress women and force them to give birth against their will.
On Friday, Cawthorn took it a step further by spouting religious extremist tones as he attempted to compare pregnant women to a Polaroid camera while referring to them as “earthen vessels sanctified by almighty God.”
“You have a Polaroid camera and you snap a beautiful picture, and a great photo prints out the front,” he said. “You hold it and shake it, waiting for the picture to appear, but suddenly someone walks by and snatches your photo, ripping it to shreds. “You cry, ‘Why did you destroy my picture?’”
Cawthorn said that the passerby claims that it’s “not a picture” because it “wasn’t fully developed yet.”
“All of us in this room realize how asinine that reasoning is,” Cawthorn continued. “One day, perhaps when science darkens the soul of the left, our nation will repent.”
Except that women are not Polaroid cameras. Fetuses are also not pictures. In fact, they can’t even survive outside the womb until the third trimester, a period of time when abortion can be restricted according to the 7-2 decision in Roe v. Wade, a decision that was guided by science and is still supported by science. Also, abortion is a woman’s choice, not something that is being forced upon them as Cawthorn is suggesting.
Understandably, Americans were disturbed by Cawthorn’s remarks.
Truly one of the most disturbing things I’ve witnessed in a long time. A Congressman, in a bid to overturn Roe V Wade and deny American women reproductive rights. Publicly referred to them as “Earthen vessels, sanctified by Almighty God.” Give me strength. pic.twitter.com/LvYM46GRVN
— Dr. Jennifer Cassidy (@OxfordDiplomat) December 3, 2021
Madison Cawthorn’s speech about women’s bodies is excruciating & ensures that I will never return to church again
He called us “Earthen vessels sanctified by Almighty God” & compares fetuses to photos
“Science darkens the souls of the left”
Religious extremism is our downfall
— Lindy Li (@lindyli) December 3, 2021
Madison Cawthorn: Abortion should be illegal because women are “earthen vessels, sanctified by Almighty God.”
If those vessels don’t flood the polls in 2022, it’s time to shop for a red cape.
— Duty To Warn 🔉 (@duty2warn) December 4, 2021
Hey @CawthornforNC ~ I am no one’s “earthen vessel” you misogynistic imbecile.
— 🇺🇸Transcendentalist🇺🇸 (@WitHasTruthInIt) December 3, 2021
Someone please remind Madison Cawthorn that this is America and NOT the Handmaid’s Tale.
— Mayo (@MayoIsSpicyy) December 4, 2021
The same guy that was accused of sexual assault by several women is now denying women of their reproductive rights.
Madison Cawthorn is anti-woman and a coward.
— Avenger Resister (@AvengerResister) December 4, 2021
Women are “earthen vessels” of God, made to carry babies, according to Madison Cawthorn, earthen vessel of bullshit. pic.twitter.com/5Rg2VNKDtz
— Middle Age Riot (@middleageriot) December 3, 2021
Imagine you’re a Black woman making a personal decision about abortion, and Madison Cawthorn, a 26-year-old white guy from the former slave state of North Carolina, tells you that you can’t control your own body because our nation “was born in freedom.”pic.twitter.com/szwgYXpYET
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) December 4, 2021
But that’s not all. Cawthorn went on to double down on his remarks on Twitter.
Science favors the rights of the unborn.
The Constitution favors the rights of the unborn.
The Bible favors the rights of the unborn.
What more do you need to hear to convince you to be pro-life?
— Madison Cawthorn (@CawthornforNC) December 4, 2021
And every word he said is complete bullsh*t.
Science agrees that fetuses can’t feel pain until the third trimester around 27 weeks, blowing away false Republican claims that fetuses can feel pain at 20 weeks or earlier. Furthermore, what Republicans refer to as a “fetal heartbeat” at six weeks isn’t really a heartbeat at all, and the “fetus” isn’t even a fetus at six weeks but is a mere embryo.
The Constitution also does not apply to the unborn. The 14th Amendment makes it clear that it applies to “all persons born.” Abortion was widely practiced during colonial times and was even legal in most states.
As for the Bible, even that religious text suggests that fetuses are not persons and do not possess a right to life. Also, the Bible has no bearing on American law since we live in a secular society just as the Founding Fathers intended.
The evidence is clear that abortion should remain a legal right. By stripping this right away from women, they would be deprived of their rights to due process and liberty, which are actually protected by the Constitution.
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