It was a sorry spectacle yesterday on the floor of the Alabama House. Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin's bill that is specifically designed to close every women's clinic in Alabama passed 73-23. Many Democrats led a valiant effort to inject some sanity into the debate, but since they were using actual... you know... facts, they were no match for the breathtaking ignorance of McClurkin.
During the debate on this and other bills, she asserted that there is "no medical reason" to use birth control bills except for contraception and said that she'd never heard of either the "Violence Against Women Act" or Lilly Ledbetter. When someone explained the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to McClurkin, she laughed: "Oh, I don't think I would support that!"
In the face of such abysmal ignorance and ineptitude, there was only one thing for
13 7 Democrats to do: vote in favor of McClurkin's bill.
Yesterday, Julie helpfully posted an Honor Roll of legislators who fought the bill. Today I bring you the Roll of Shame - those Democratic legislators who supported McClurkin. And the biggest shame of all is that this list includes the House Democratic Minority Leader (and possible candidate for governor) Craig Ford.
Here are the Democratic "yes" votes on the bill:
- Elaine Beech HD-65
- Daniel Boman HD-16
Alan Boothe HD-89 -- Alison DB bio
- Greg Burdine HD-1
- Minority Leader Craig Ford HD-28
Lynn Greer HD-2 -- Alison DB bio Alan Harper HD-61 -- Alison DB bio
- Joe Hubbard HD-73 et tu, Joe?
Steve Hurst HD-35 -- Alison DB bio Mike Millican HD-17 -- Alison DB bio
- Johnny Morrow HD-18
- John Robinson HD-23
Lesley Vance HD-80 -- Alison DB bio
No doubt in 2014, this group will be touting their Democratic credentials and asking us to contribute our time and money to their campaigns. They better hope that a lot of us have short memories.
UPDATE! I've updated the post to note the party switchers. OpenBama, generally the go-to place for legislative info hasn't updated their database of legislators. For those former Democrats (who we don't miss a bit), who switched parties, I've included their bios from the Alabama legislature Web site.
Thank you, Captain America for catching that mistake!