Earlier today Republicans in the State Senate, as part of their continuing efforts to “focus like a laser” on creating jobs here in Wisconsin (we’re now 49th in job creation, by the way), passed a bill requiring women to undergo an ultrasound procedure before being able to receive an abortion.
While that news in an of itself isn’t terribly shocking, given how difficult it seems to be for Wisconsin’s Republican lawmakers to actually focus on job creation and improving our state’s economic situation, what is shocking is the behavior of State Sen. Mary Lazich and Senate President Mike Ellis.
During debate on the bill, Democratic State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout began by reading letters from constituents who were opposed to the bill, before she shared her own story of sexual abuse. After Sen. Vinehout’s remarks, Republican State Sen. Mary Lazich encouraged her fellow lawmakers to ignore “the theatrics surrounding” Vinehout’s presentation, as if an individual sharing a deeply personal and traumatic experience was nothing more than theatrics.
Following Sen. Lazich’s idiotic and bizarre remarks, Sen. Ellis came absolutely unglued when Senate Democrats dared to attempt to continue debate after Republicans called for an immediate vote on the bill. Here’s the video, courtesy of RawStory.com.
While there’s a lot to hate about the vaginal ultrasound bill Republicans in the State Senate passed earlier today, I’m struck by the fact that once again Wisconsin’s Republican lawmakers have shown unambiguously that they’re absolutely uninterested in being the party of smaller, less intrusive government when it suits their needs.
That’s called hypocrisy, and Mike Ellis and the rest of his Republican colleagues in the State Senate are Grade-A certified hypocrites.
Worley Dervish has her own take on this that’s most definitely worth a read.