Here at Wickersham’s Conscience, we are swamped with potential candidates for Hypocrite of the Year already, and the year is only a little over a third along. Last year’s HOtY, the despicable and appalling Mitch McConnell (R, 17th Century) is ineligible.1 As is his puppet master, the clown in the White House.2 But otherwise, WC will consider any suggestion.
The first nominee is the Governor of Alabama, Kay Ivey. Let’s examine her qualification for HOtY:
She’s a woman, and yet she signed into law the cretinous Alabama Legislature’s anti-abortion law. The stringent and patently unconstitutional law bans all abortion, makes it a major felony to perform one or receive one, and has no exceptions except to save the life of the mother.
In her signing statement, Governor Ivey said, “The Legislature has spoken. It underscores the sanctity of life the people of Alabama value so highly.”
Let’s examine that claim.
Governor Ivey has also signed seven execution orders, killing seven convicted criminals. Pretty clearly the “sanctity of life” doesn’t extend to convicts?
The Alabama bill explicit does not apply to in vitro fertilization which, after all, involves culling and killing embryos. It’s about a woman’s body, not embryos.
Governor Ivey presides over the state with the highest infant mortality among the fifty states. Dead (sorry) last. So little kids don’t enjoy this “sanctity of life” Governor Ivey is talking about.
Of course, Alabama is also next to last in quality of K-12 education, so at least there’s a kind of gruesome consistency in their treatment of their kids.
Overall quality of health care? Alabama ranks 42nd.
Life expectancy? 47th.
So Alabama’s regard for the “sanctity of life” doesn’t extend to adults of the elderly, either.
Okay you say, what about taking care of those fetuses, what about prenatal health care? Alabama finishes next to last.
So the “sanctity of life” Governor Ivey was prattling on about is utter nonsense. If the Alabama Legislature and Governor Ivey thought life was sacred, they’s have long since done something about their execerable treatment of their people. If there was any justice in this world, the words would have turned to ashes in the Governor’s mouth, and she would have choked on them. Governor Ivey means exactly one thing: anti-abortion.
But you knew that.
All of which is why she is a nominee for Hypocrite of the Year in 2019.