Not like we needed another example of the concern for puritanical sexual morality that motivates social consies:
Democrats were outraged Wednesday morning when Republican state Sen. Dave Schultheis said he planned to vote against a bill to require HIV tests for pregnant women because the disease “stems from sexual promiscuity” and he didn’t think the Legislature should “remove the negative consequences that take place from poor behavior and unacceptable behavior.”
In other words, this is a concern for “punishing” women for daring to have sex. Mr. Schultheis seems unaware that HIV can be spread through means other than sex. At least he and his Republican Party are in the minority throughout the government of Colorado, where they belong.
Schultheis later reiterated his opposition:
“What I’m hoping is that, yes, that person may have AIDS, have it seriously as a baby and when they grow up, but the mother will begin to feel guilt as a result of that,” he said. “The family will see the negative consequences of that promiscuity and it may make a number of people over the coming years begin to realize that there are negative consequences and maybe they should adjust their behavior.”
Yes, that’s right. He wants babies to get AIDS.
What an asshole.
Hat tip to Pam’s House Blend.