The feminism that underlines much of American pro-abortion ideology is famously grim and humorless—so much so that they made a great meme out of it—and so you will not be surprised to learn that this little quip from a Missouri lawmaker caused a bit of huffy outrage:
In Missouri, restrictions on abortion providers are so strict that only one clinic in the state can perform abortions: a Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis. But on the State Senate floor Wednesday, two Republican lawmakers joked that women seeking abortions should go to the St. Louis Zoo because it’s “safer” and more regulated than abortion clinics.
“The St. Louis Zoo gets inspected once a year,” said State Senator Bob Onder to his colleague, State Senator Wayne Wallingford, who added, “Maybe we should send the people that want an abortion to the St. Louis Zoo, because we know it’ll be safer.”
Onder then pointed out that zoos have a waiting period of five days before euthanizing animals, whereas Missouri requires women to wait three days after meeting with a doctor to get an abortion.
“Let’s think about this. Babies, it’s three days,” Onder said. “So although there are members of this body who don’t agree with that three days, babies are three days. So zoo animals, it couldn’t be more than 24 hours, right?” He went on, “[It’s] five days, Senator. [And] I believe there’s some sort of requirement to notify in case some other zoo wants to adopt that animal. Isn’t that interesting?”
I’m as manically pro-life as Cecile Richards is pro-abortion, but I have to confess that there is a grim humor to the senator’s point. Our society is rabidly committed to abortion to the point that it’s close to impossible to meaningfully regulate it in any way at all (those “restrictions on abortion clinics” have in fact been blocked by a federal judge and will almost certainly be struck down under Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstadt). It is thus not all that surprising that, in some narrow instances, a zoo of animals will have more practical protection from death and danger than a building of unborn human beings. The abortion rights machine is singularly opposed to any kind of effective oversight, which is why, say, (a) a butcher like Kermit Gosnell was able to literally get away with murder for years, and (b) the abortion industry averted its eyes and clammed up when Gosnel’s butchery was finally exposed. It’s just the price of doing business.
Advocacy group Progress Missouri was not impressed:
“Not only has he compared women to giraffes and zoo animals, but he has invoked the Holocaust and genocide in reference to a woman’s right to an abortion,” Progress Missouri said in a statement.
For goodness’s sake, the senator did not “compare women to giraffes and zoo animals.” He made an illustrative contrast between the strict animal welfare requirements of the St. Louis Zoo on the one hand and the laxer human welfare requirements of Missouri’s abortion mills on the other. It is very frustrating when your joke falls flat because that one dummy just doesn’t get it. In any case, it’s true that the comparison between legalized abortion and the Holocaust is kind of inapt; the Holocaust was state-directed genocide, while a legal abortion is state-sanctioned murder. It’s an important contrast to make, chiefly for the sake of pointing out that there is really no corollary at all between genocidal Nazis and abortive women.
Of course, for the victims in this case—those of genocide and of abortion—it makes little difference who is doing the killing and for what reason: in either case the victims are still dead. And it is howling, raving insanity that we allow zoo animals two more extra days to avoid death than we do innocent human beings. In the end it’s no laughing matter.