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State houses never get enough respect.   Your state representatives are often running in races where they can say and do anything because the amount of scrutiny on them is unfortunately low.   But when they do something remarkably stupid, you have to at least bring it up again.

DENVER – A Republican representative in Colorado has introduced a bill that would make abortion a class 3 felony in the state.

Rep. Steve Humphrey introduced House Bill 1133 on Thursday, a proposal similar to a measure he penned last year. The bill defines life as beginning at conception, and thus bars abortion for any reason, including in cases of rape and incest.

“I ran as a pro-life candidate and this is an issue that is important to my constituents. This should not be a surprise to anybody.” Humphrey told the U.S. Finance Post. “My constituents, whom I represent, feel strongly about this issue and I owe it to them to attempt to advance this issue. I realize this is an emotional issue and my intent is not to rub someone’s nose in the issue, but when we’re talking about protecting human life this is a discussion that we need to have.”

Humphrey is just one of twelve state representatives that are backing the bill. Seven senators have also signed on to the legislation.

What gets me isn't that this proposal gets made, it is the zeal and fight for it that the Christian right is currently putting on.  They continue to mount these efforts in state after state, under the belief that going full-on-right winger is the real secret to winning over the American voter.   And, if they can't win over the voter, they will just run their most odious, illegal proposals by candidates who win in races that people aren't paying enough attention to.

If you're not paying attention to your statehouses, you're missing out.   From setting up congressional districts to proposing nutbar legislation, they are giving you a real insider look at where the Republican "right wing" base is coming from.

Originally posted to tmservo433 on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 09:15 AM PST.

Also republished by Feminism, Pro-Feminism, Womanism: Feminist Issues, Ideas, & Activism and Pro Choice.

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