The inanity continues with Jeanette Rishell’s false negative mail pieces today with a slap at Jackson Miller for voting for HB2797 in the House Privileges and Elections Committee in the last session of the General Assembly. Claiming that “Miller’s extremism isn’t what we want in the 50th District”, the piece tells voters to oppose Jackson’s candidacy. The problem is that when you actually look at the text of the bill, extremism would probably be better ascribed to those who would have voted “no” on this bill.
Here’s the full text of that “extreme” bill:
Whereas, the Constitution of Virginia provides in Article 1, §1, that all men are by nature equally free and independent and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety; now, therefore,
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
1. § 1. That life begins at the moment of fertilization and the right to enjoyment of life guaranteed by Article 1, § 1 of the Constitution of Virginia is vested in each born and preborn human being from the moment of fertilization.
Does that sound “extreme” to you? Although not everyone is going to agree with this, it’s not unreasonable at all to legally establish that life begins at fertilization rather than at some arbitrary period afterwards. If there’s going to be a line drawn here, and there has been a de-facto line drawn under federal law for decades now, it has to make sense. Regardless of your opinion on the abortion issue, this demarcation of the beginning of life should be subject to rational discussion, and this is a demarcation that I would imagine most voters would consider reasonable.
But to Jeanette Rishell, this is extremism.
JACKSON MILLER voted to criminalize abortion and jail women who exercise their rights and the doctors who care for them. Miller also voted to deny emergency contraception to victims of rape.
Predictably, the above characterization of this bill is false. Although you can potentially surmise that if Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court, and the state code was then modified as a result to criminalize abortion, a vote to “criminalize abortion and jail women” could be taken, but this wasn’t that vote. Rishell’s description of this vote is a lie. Nothing in this bill said anything about denying emergency contraception to victims of rape, and alleging that this vote regarded a measure to do so is a lie as well.
If Jeanette Rishell really wants to have a debate on abortion and the proper role of the Virginia legislature in that issue, fine, let’s have that debate. Obviously she’s incapable of engaging in that debate however, as she’s instead resorted to lies about what HB2797 was. If she can’t discuss this issue, and the moral and ethical ramifications of murdering an innocent child because it’s presence is inconvenient to the mother, I’d suggest that the “extremist” label probably applies to her far more accurately than it would to Jackson Miller, whose clearly stated and rational position on this issue is well known.
Yet another deliberate lie by Jeanette Rishell, which is designed to camouflage her policy positions that are terribly out of touch with the voters in the 50th District. How surprising.
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