Rand Paul and Abortion Laws in Kentucky: Laws Highlight Anti Choice Stances

If it weren’t for television ads in Kentucky, we might not know what aborted fetuses look like. So, thanks, guys.

Andrew Beacham, cohort of Operation Rescue terrorist mastermind Randall Terry, began running perverse, offensive, graphic ads last week in Indiana and Kentucky depicting “dismembered fetus and images of dead Christians and Jews” and comparing Obama to Hitler (again). Beacham is fake-running for Congress against Kentucky 2nd District Representative Brett Guthrie, but he doesn’t care about winning. It’s all about shock value.

With insanity in his eyes, a cowboy hat on his head, and shaggy hair and a cigar, Beacham tells us that Obama “gives our money to the Muslim Brotherhood, who murders Christians and Jews.” Just like he chops fetuses up, apparently. [DISCLAIMER: the ad is nauseating.] In this other ad, which airs in Louisville and Bowling Green, “if we vote for Obama, we empower him to attack the church, and murder babies.” At least he has a groovy URL: candidateandrew.com

There are some strong stomachs in Appalachia: it must have been all the shooting the Hatfields and McCoys did at each other.

Real Kentucky lawmakers are pretty concerned about abortions funded by public money. One state legislator even introduced legislation to make the sale of abortion-covering insurance plans illegal on the state health exchange. It’s funny, because it was already illegal (as is private insurance coverage for most abortions). Stan Lee (not that one) said his bill is “just to make sure.” He’s got little to worry about, since the bill is sure to “sail out of there faster than a greased pig.” Ah, Kentucky.

Kentucky is also home of Dostoevsky-quoting Rand Paul, who earlier this year — just before hurricane season — “moved ... to hold a noncontroversial flood insurance bill hostage until the Senate agrees that life begins at fertilization.” Maybe it’s because abortion causes flooding, or something.

Kentucky’s State House is still controlled by Democrats, many of whom are conservative, but the state GOP hopes this will change in November. Either way, with some of the most restrictive laws on the books, including public and private insurance limitations, state-directed counseling and informed consent, a 24-hour waiting period, and parental consent for minors, best case scenario is status-quo in post-November Kentucky.

Editor's Note: With 22 days left until the presidential election, PolicyMic's Audrey Farber will be posting a daily update on the state of abortion rights in the U.S., covering legislative challenges to Roe v. Wade in all 50 states. So far, we've gotten updates on MinnesotaIllinoisIowa,WisconsinMississippiMichiganIndiana, AlabamaOhioFloridaGeorgiaD.C.South Carolina, North CarolinaVirginia, MarylandPennsylvania, DelawareNew JerseyNew York, ConnecticutVermontMassachusetts, Rhode IslandMaine and New Hampshire. Check back in every day to keep track!

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After graduating from some prestigious university somewhere, I worked for academic research, social justice, and arts non-profits in the U.S., Israel, Jordan. I formerly ran a collective blogging project and contributed to Middle East-oriented discussions around the interwebs until I gave up on changing the world. I usually believe in complete social revolution and I make it a point to flout every social expectation I encounter. I do this by living in the Rocky Mountains (for realz) and complaining about tourists, enjoying waffles for dinner, putting easter egg links in my posts, and wishing I was way nerdier. I also like to think I'm the funniest person you've ever met, which may or may not be true. I've also driven across the country by myself more times than I'd care to admit.

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