A Missouri House committee is putting together recommendations in order to place further restrictions on abortion providers, namely Planned Parenthood, in response to the highly edited videos released by an extreme anti-choice group.
Missouri’s House committees on Children and Families and Ways and Means on Wednesday floated ideas on how to restrict abortion providers when Rep. Rick Brattin came up with a doozy.
Rep. Rick Brattin (R-Harrisonville) suggested passing legislation that would force Planned Parenthood to build a memorial to aborted fetuses, KBIA reports.
“We have (since 1973) 56 million babies that have been lost in the abortion service and industry, (so) I think maybe requiring that Planned Parenthood set up some type of memorial, like a Vietnam Wall type (memorial),” Brattin said.
“I know that sounds crazy, but by state law (fetuses are) given human status, so should there be a human memorial attached to that human life?”
After Democratic House members left the committee meeting, Republicans took part in the brainstorming session which consisted of some radical ideas.
Raw Story reports:
State Rep. Diane Franklin (R) argued that pathologists should be required to notify authorities “if they receive one of the aborted babies and there is something that should be there that’s not there.”
“Then we need someone at the Department [of Health] that is paying attention that it is flagged, so we can go back, trace it right back, just like you’d trace a package from Amazon, ‘my package has gone missing,’ and be able to identify what happened,” she said.
That’s very ‘small government’ of them.
Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights) told reporters on a break during testimony that the hearing, along with earlier ones held this summer, are politically motivated.
“I am perplexed,” Newman said. “I know that this is a witch hunt hearing, in terms of trying to find some type of legislation for the majority to file next year, which we know is a presidential election year.”
Last month, the Missouri Attorney General’s office cleared Planned Parenthood of any wrongdoing.
Last year, Brattin proposed a bill requiring women who seek an abortion to get permission from the father of the fetus beforehand. He offered a caveat for rape victims, but they would have to prove it first. “It has to be legitimate rape,” he said at the time.
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