If fetuses were able to take strippers to Burger King….

By Amanda Marcotte
Thursday, June 30, 2011 17:18 EDT
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Think Progress reports on the redonkulous arguments made by Ohio legislators supporting the ban on abortion that just passed the Ohio house, and while all of the arguments are shockingly stupid (like arguing that fetuses should get the vote, which would just mean pregnant women get to vote twice, which might not work out as well for Republicans as said legislator thinks), I want to highlight the arguments of Robert Mecklenborg, who is at the top of the video.

REP. ROBERT MECKLENBORG: The easiest way is also to look at it in the context of Nazi Germany, where during the 1920s, these were the arguments postulated by the proponents of abortion as the Third Reich was growing in power. Note they will sound very similar to you because they are exactly the same arguments put forth to support the current positions in support of the abortion laws as we have them on the books.

He goes on to argue that we should ban abortion to increase fecundity, because he feels there aren't enough workers, which strikes me as a particularly strained argument during a time of 10% unemployment.  But to be clear, as Mecklenborg's support for English only laws demonstrates, he's not wanting an increase in fecundity across the board.  He's clearly imagining a forced uptick in the "right" kind of babies. 

For what it's worth, Mecklenborg's argument about the Nazis quite literally couldn't be more wrong.  The Nazis were not pro-choice, and on the contrary, demonstrated an eagerness to control the uterus and push the "right" kind of women to have more babies that Mecklenborg could really get behind.  The Nazis increased the punishments for abortion, discouraged contraception, and bribed couples to have more babies for exactly the same reason that Mecklenborg wants to ban abortion, in order to create more workers and soldiers for the Fatherland.  It's simply an objective fact.  When it comes to this issue, Mecklenborg is on the side the Nazis fell on and pro-choicers are in opposition to the Nazi point of view. 

But wait, there's more!  This same Robert Mecklenborg, the one who believes that women's sexual liberation is basically the end of life as we know it, was arrested back in April for drunk driving with a woman half his age in area where the only real businesses are a strip club and a Burger King.  

Oh yeah, he had Viagra in his system. Probably because he intended to make more soldiers and workers for the Fatherland.

Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
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