It’s hard to keep the difference between abortion and prostitution straight when you’re a misogynist idiot. This explains why a lawmaker from North Idaho asked representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho if they supported prostitution, since, you know, they support abortion. Rep. Ron Mendive, R-Coeur d’Alene posed the thought-provoking question to ALCU-Idaho Executive Director, Monica Hopkins, on Wednesday at an ACLU legislative breakfast presentation. The question drew audible gasps (because people must have been blown away by his philosophical mind). Rep. Mendive figured the ACLU, which is pro-choice, must support prostitution because it’s a “woman’s choice.” He explained his brilliant logic thusly:
“I think that there’s kind of a double standard…. With abortion there are two beating hearts, and prostitution, there’s just one. If a woman were going to make a choice to be a prostitute, that’s her decision as to what to do with her body.”
Putting the definition of beating hearts aside, that’s a great point, because we all know about the correlation between number of heartbeats and choice-making. What the hell is he talking about?