Staffers at the office of Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) are the victims of a terrible prank. Politico is reporting that someone sent a package to his office on Wednesday, and when aides opened it, glitter and confetti exploded everywhere. Nobody was harmed, but the glitter bomb made quite a mess.
Congrats, you’ve earned this for trying to deny women their right to choice. Mind your own uterus.
Fortenberry was in D.C. at the time, so he didn’t have to deal with the glitter bomb himself. However, his office dealt with it by calling the police, the U.S. postal inspector, and the FBI. The reason they’re taking it so seriously is because sometimes, lawmakers receive packages in the mail that are actual threats. Whoever sent the glitter bomb hasn’t yet been caught, however.
Fortenberry is another Republican who thinks that restricting access to abortion is actually helping women, and furthering women’s rights. He speaks to March for Life every year, and according to his website, in 2012, he said:
Each year I am encouraged by the strength of conviction of the hundreds of thousands of good Americans who gather on the National Mall because they believe women deserve better than abortion. Abortion hurts women, and is so often the result of abandonment– by a cruel family, or an uncaring boyfriend, or other tragic circumstances that could be resolved within in a community of love. I believe that we can be big enough and loving enough as a nation to embrace all mothers and their unborn children and truly care for life. I am hopeful that because of the extraordinary witness of young people at the March for Life, we will one day see innocent unborn children protected under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.
That’s personhood, and one has to wonder just why it is that these people think it’s okay to deprive women of their bodily autonomy this way, and then say they care about women’s rights. Where, exactly, do women’s rights figure into this? It’s not just giving birth and raising the child that women must deal with. It’s nine months of increasingly difficult bodily changes, and then the recovery needed from the process of giving birth. People like Fortenberry actually see pregnancy as a punishment for daring to have sex (even in what a woman thinks of as a committed relationship). Contraception fails. People turn out to be something other than what we thought. Other circumstances happen that you can’t plan for. A woman should be able to choose.
Idiots like Fortenberry seem to think that women who seek abortions either make an agonizing decision that will haunt them for the rest of their lives, in all cases; that they’re irresponsible and using abortion as birth control; or that they’re in some type of situation with no support. The truth is, every woman’s situation is different. Fortenberry and his ilk make a lot of pretty speeches, but in the end, it’s neither about women’s rights and health, nor about family.
The Texas Department of Public Safety says that glitter bombs seem to have become the “weapon of choice” for pro-choicers and people who support LGBTQ rights. They sent a warning to state legislators’ offices called, “Glitter Bombing: Weapon of Choice for Gay Rights, Pro Choice Advocates,” and said, according to The Texas Tribune:
Glitter bombing is a relatively recent phenomenon and has been adopted as a form of protest, particularly (but not exclusively) by gay rights activists and supporters… The common denominator among these political figures is a conservative orientation and opposition to gay rights, especially marriage equality.
Glitter bombs are, to be sure, immature. Pranks don’t really accomplish anything. They aren’t especially dangerous, per se, but the glitter can get into people’s eyes, noses and airways, and create problems. They do create problems in office spaces where all the glitter must be cleaned up, which is the whole point of sending glitter bombs. Cleaning up glitter is a pain. This kind of a prank is a deliberate inconvenience, not meant to cause harm.
It’s very likely that these glitter bombs are not coming from organized groups, but rather, individuals who are fed up with conservatives trying to roll back women’s rights to 1950, and continue to marginalize and discriminate against the LGBTQ community. Fortenberry’s office probably won’t be the last to receive a glitter bomb.