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God's Not Giving Us Rain Until We Stop Abortions, Says Politician
We could really use some rain in California, and one assemblywoman says we're not getting it until we limit abortions in the state.Shannon Grove, a Republican who represents Bakersfield, told a crowd last week at the California ProLife Legislative Banquet that, "Texas was in a long period of drought until Governor Perry signed the fetal pain bill." She was likely referring to HB2, according to RH Reality Check, which banned abortions after 20 weeks of conception. She continued, "It rained that night. Now God has His hold on California."
On Thursday she was asked about the comments she was reported to have made at the banquet and said in the statement that most Americans believe God had an effect on "the affairs of man," and wrote, "Biblical history shows a consequence to man’s actions; we do know for sure that California's water shortage crisis has been compounded by liberal politicians' poor decisions—not properly managing our water resources and refusing to build water storage for decades."
"We have not made a connection between the drought and abortion here in California," Marylee Shrider, executive director of Right to Life of Kern County, told the Bakersfield Californian. While Shrider was at the same banquet where Grove was reported to have made the comment, she did not recall whether she said that specific statement. Nevertheless, Shrider says they are "huge fans" of Grove.
"You can be proudly pro-life and not be a national joke, but comments like this make you a joke and undermine her position on abortion," Jennifer Smith, co-founder and organizer of Pro-Choice Kern County, told the Californian.
While some might think Assemblywoman Grove might be stepping out of bounds by drawing a direct line between God and the drought, we probably share the burden all equally. Even with God. "You are watering outdoors too much," says a finger-pointing post over at Zócalo Public Square. But at the same time, so are you with the "beautiful swimming pool you keep refilling before your sweet summer parties," and ultimately The Man Upstairs:
Let's not forget who is ultimately responsible for the rivers and mountains and existence of the Earth. This drought is all on you, God. Not only do you fail to send California enough water, but also you deluge us with way too many possible culprits for this crisis. So, if you won't send us snow and rain, if you won't convince us to look at our own culpability in this crisis, couldn't you at least answer our prayers—and give us one clear-cut scapegoat, so we know exactly who to blame?
No word on whether or not scientists think the forthcoming El Niño will be preceded by a law limiting abortions in California.