Belief begets action. This is well established and revered by many. “Follow your convictions” is a common call. US Republicans are becoming increasingly known for their convictions based in an archaic belief system.
One Republican from Texas, Matt Schaefer, dreams of “one nation under god” and believes that rain is a gift from god while babies are created in the image of god.
As a result of this strong belief in a conservative god, Schaefer inserted a clause into proposed legislation tabled in the Texas legislature to outlaw pregnancy terminations after 20 weeks even if the foetus is non viable and even if the mother’s life is at risk.
According to Matt Schaefer’s website:
“I will do everything a State Representative can do to protect life. From the elderly person facing sickness to the unborn baby, we must defend the dignity of each person. Texas must always be a state where every God-given life has the highest value in law.”
Except of course where that life belongs to a woman.
“Rep. Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler) put forward an amendment that would make it illegal to terminate a pregnancy after 20 weeks, even if a fetus “has a severe and irreversible abnormality,” effectively forcing families with wanted, but unsustainable pregnancies to carry to term at the behest of the state and against the advice of their doctors or their own wishes.”
Schaefer said, during debate over his amendment, that suffering is “part of the human condition, since sin entered the world.”
Schaefer is proud of his contribution to Texas and is of course proud of his freedom loving views, claiming that as a legislator he would always err on the side of freedom and steer away from government intrusion. Yet in this instance, he wants the government to interfere in the lives of grieving families.
It is clear that where this state representative is faced with a contradiction the values of misogynist desert dwellers from thousands of years ago take precedent.
Following on from this revelation, is the PPP research indicating a majority of Republicans would scrap the US constitution and install Christianity as the national religion.