Republican says pregnant women are “hosts,” even if some people “refer to them as mothers”

A pregnant woman is just a “host” for a fetus, according to Virginia state Sen. Steve Martin.

The Republican legislator representing Virginia’s 11th district made the comment in response to a Valentine’s Day card from a reproductive rights group calling on him to protect reproductive health options in the state.

“I don’t expect to be in the room or will I do anything to prevent you from obtaining a contraceptive,” Martin wrote on Facebook. “However, once a child does exist in your womb, I’m not going to assume a right to kill it just because the child’s host (some refer to them as mothers) doesn’t want it.”

Martin went on to call reproductive rights advocates “sick people.”

Martin’s claim that he does not “expect to be in the room” or “do anything to prevent you from obtaining a contraceptive” is, of course, entirely disingenuous. He is a vocal opponent of the Affordable Care Act and the Medicaid expansion, which would ensure affordable access to healthcare and contraception for people across Virginia.

It should probably go without saying, too, that Martin does not support abortion rights.

The creep has edited his post since everything blew up and he realized that average folks aren’t as willing to join the Republican war on Women as are his acolytes in the anti-abortion movement. Fortunately, plenty of folks on the Left have screengrabs and are using them to reference what he originally said.

It may be too late for monarch butterflies if the EPA doesn’t deal with weed killers

Conservationists say they want tougher rules limiting the use of a common weed killer to save America’s dwindling population of monarch butterflies.

The Natural Resources Defense Council, in a petition to the Environmental Protection Agency, said current levels of use of glyphosate — first marketed under the brand name Roundup — are wiping out milkweed, the only plant upon which monarch caterpillars feed.

That’s having a significant negative effect on the life cycle of the beloved orange-and-black butterflies, which migrate back and forth across the United States, Canada and Mexico…

“The tenfold increase in the amount of glyphosate being used corresponds with huge losses of milkweed and the staggering decline of the monarch,” Fallon told the Los Angeles Times. “We are seeking new safeguards desperately needed to allow enough milkweed to grow.”

The EPA is scheduled to complete a new review of glyphosate rules in 2015, but “given the rapid decline in monarch numbers, the EPA should take immediate steps to review and restrict glyphosate’s uses,” the council’s petition says.

Do you think the potential extinction of a butterfly that is part of the whole culture of our continent means anything inside the plastic brains of our bureaucrats and politicians? Some of these folks spend their entire careers working at never doing anything that brings notice.

Is there someone inside those offices ready to shout loud enough to bring an orange-and-black butterfly into higher priority?