In Tennesee, Representative Terry Lynn Weaver (R-Lancaster) decided that the most important issue within her state was the legal status of unborn children who are conceived using science.
Weaver recently proposed HB 1406, which would repeal a current statute regarding the legal situation of children born by use of artificial insemination. TCA 68-3-306 states that a child is considered the legitimate offspring of a husband and wife if the child is conceived through artificial insemination and with the husband’s consent. “A child born to a married woman as a result of artificial insemination, with consent of the married woman’s husband, is deemed to be the legitimate child of the husband and wife.” (TCA 68-3-306)
A version of Weaver’s bill is also being proposed in the state Senate by Senator Joey Hensley (R-Hohenwald). Both bills would repeal the statute and classify the child as illegitimate, regardless of the marital status of the couple or if both consented to the procedure.
Here’s a little personal information you should know about Weaver. In 2010, the representative landed in some hot water after she posted a picture on her Facebook account showing her alongside her pastor who was dressed as Aunt Jemima in full blackface.
After a firestorm of criticism, Weaver took down the post and apologized, stating: “It’s off my Facebook page, and I surely didn’t mean to offend anybody. I’m sorry if it did, but I apologize,” said Weaver.
She also offered a conservative’s tried and true explanation as to why doing something like this doesn’t make her a racist. In her apology, she also proclaimed:
I’m the least racist of anyone. Some of my greatest friends are black.
This is what Republicans do best. They say one thing and do another. There’s no doubt that in an ultra-red state like Tennessee, Weaver campaigns as a strong “pro-life” Republican. And yet she wants to waste taxpayer time and money pushing through a bill that would label unborn children as illegitimate because of the circumstances of their conception. This is the type of person who can only dream of one day elevating herself to beneath contempt. The Republican party is determined to impose their “moral” beliefs onto the general population regardless of the opinion of their constituents.
Both Weaver and Hensley seems to think that it’s their personal duty to condemn the same children they hypocritically advocate to be born into this world. Still, this proposal is unusual, Republicans typically like to wait until children are out of the womb before passing policies to hurt them.
By the way, if you’ve ever wanted to hear a hypocritical, child hating, racist neocon sing Christmas tunes, you’re in luck. Among her many “talents” Weaver also fancies herself as a singer-songwriter. Isn’t that special?
Hopefully, these reprehensible bills will go nowhere and serve as an unwashable stain on the records of both politicians so that the voters in their districts can get a clearer picture of who they need to unelect.