After the Missouri House of Representatives sent legislation that, if signed into law by Republican Governor Mike Parson and permitted to go into effect by the U.S. Supreme Court or a lower court, would ban abortion in Missouri after eight weeks of pregnancy, the Missouri House Speaker was implicated in a major controversy. A Twitter account parodying Missouri House Speaker Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) published photos of the real Elijah Haahr, who is a lawyer by profession and is not a licensed physician, wearing a doctor’s coat with the words “Seymour Bush”, an extremely creepy reference to pubic hair, either printed or sewn onto it:
It is inherently clear that the Republican politicians who are promoting these dangerous, misogynistic, and barbaric abortion bans across the country simply do not regard women as people. The photos of Elijah Haahr wearing a doctor’s coat with a sexually suggestive reference on it is yet more proof that the proponents of anti-abortion measures simply do not regard women as people.
Women are people, and it’s time that politicians in this country understand that and stop trying to enact these dangerous anti-abortion laws. I oppose the abortion bans that have been passed by state legislatures in states like Missouri, Alabama, Georgia, and Ohio.