Abortion Stupid Party

Tennessee Lawmaker Assumes He Knows What He’s Talking About But Doesn’t

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Tennessee state Senator Todd Gardenhire (R) may have more experience with vasectomies than women do, but does he have more experience with abortions? I doubt it.

Tennessee lawmakers are considering a bill that would require a 48-hour waiting period to obtain an abortion; a bill that Gardenhire supports.

"Having personal experience in that field, and also having one reversed, I promise that when you start talking to a doctor about whacking on you down there, you want to wait a while and think about it," Gardenhire said.

"So I want to tell you, men go through a lot more stringent process to have a vasectomy than a woman does, I would assume, on an abortion," Gardenhire concluded.

Gardenhire clearly never heard the proverb that when you assume, you make an ass out of you and me.

Note that men don't actually go through a more stringent process for a vasectomy than women do for an abortion. Waiting a while to "think about it" may be part of the process for him and other men before they get 'whacked,' but it is not something that is mandated by law. Even if women have already spent a great deal of time considering an abortion, lawmakers like Gardenhire want to mandate that they think about it even more.

As far as I know, no state legislature is attempting to ban vasectomies while plenty have tried, and are currently trying, to ban abortion. I'm also unaware of any legislative attempts to require admitting privileges for vasectomies or forced ultrasounds or other unnecessary probing and waiting periods.

  • Christopher Foxx

    when you assume, you make an ass out of you and me.

    Never understood that “and me” part. Given how Republicans have an uncanny ability to claim others are responsible for the Republican’s actions, I can only conclude it was originally said be a Republican.

  • muselet

    In his experience, he said he met with a doctor who talked about both receiving and reversing the vasectomy. Then it took four to six weeks to actually schedule an appointment.

    Wo de ma he ta de fong kung de wai sheng dou! Having to wait four to six weeks for an appropriate slot on a medical office’s calendar to be available is not the same as a statutory waiting period, you putz.

    I swear, these people make me want to pull out what hair I have left.

    –alopecia

    • ninjaf

      Aren’t we supposed to be able to walk in off the streets and demand whatever specialist’s services we want because we have THE BEST GOVERNMENT-FREE HEALTHCARE IN THE WORLD™? That doesn’t happen in Free Market ‘Murica!

  • ninjaf

    Why do they assume women are having abortions without first thinking about it? I would think very few would just do it on a whim. These laws are insulting to women, on top of being none of their damn business.

    • muselet

      Why do they assume women are having abortions without first thinking about it?

      Well, first of all, those icky girl cooties mean women can’t do important big-thinky stuff like big manly men can. You could look it up, I’m sure it’s in the Bible somewhere.

      Second, why should anyone pay attention to the opinions and preferences of a woman who doesn’t want to be a vessel? Clearly, she needs to think about it more.

      And third, they’re a bunch of undereducated, misogynist idiots. (Though now I think about it, I already covered that in points one and two. Sorry for the redundancy.)

      –alopecia

      • ninjaf

        See? I am infected with the girl cooties and have no interest in being a vessel, so I wasn’t able to do the big thinky stuff to unnerstand what they is doing fer me. Now I know.

  • GrafZeppelin127

    “Not intended to be a factual statement.”