Florida Speaker Jose Oliva Didn't Need to Apologize for 'Host Body' Comments
Jordan Kirkland - March 1st, 2019
While discussing abortion policy Thursday night on CBS Miami Reports, Florida House Speaker Jose Oliva drew sharp criticism from opponents on the left when he referred to women as "host bodies."
Oliva made the comments while discussing abortion with interviewer Jim DeFede. Oliva would go on to use the term five times.
“The challenge there is that there are two lives involved,” Oliva told interviewer DeFede during the conversation. “It’s a complex issue because one has to think, well, there’s a host body, and that host body has to have a certain amount of rights. because at the end of the day, it is that body that that carries this entire other body to term. But there is an additional life there.”
On Friday, Speaker Oliva clarified his use of the word "host" in a statement to the Orlando Sentinel.
Oliva also issued a formal apology on Twitter shortly after.
“I apologize for having caused offense, my aim was the contrary. This is and will continue to be our society’s greatest challenge. I strongly believe both mother and child have rights and the extent and balance of those rights remain in question. I regret my wording has distracted from the issue. My apologies to all,” his statement read.
Oliva's apology came shortly after he received intense blow back from Democrats. State Democratic Chair Terry Rizzo said the words were “hurtful, dehumanizing and misogynistic.”
“You’d expect to hear this offensive language in the ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ — not from the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives,” Rizzo said in a press release.
Orlando State Rep. Anna Eskamani, a Democrat, also chimed in on Twitter.
“With all due respect Mr. Speaker, my body is not a ‘host’ and personal medical decisions around my pregnancy belong to me, my family, my doctor, and my faith — not to politicians," her tweet read.
With all due respect Mr. Speaker, my body is not a “host” and personal medical decisions around my pregnancy belong to me, my family, my doctor, and my faith— not to politicians. https://t.co/Cc56cH7hck
In a hypersensitive, politically correct world, Oliva's apology comes as no surprise. He's one of the most powerful legislators in the House — let alone, the entire body — and he must protect his role in Florida's legislature in order to enact comprehensive legislation.
Could he have used another term? Absolutely. Should he have? Well, that depends on your view of free speech.
While Oliva could've used another term, the fact remains: his right to offend trumps your right to be offended.
Democrats were quick to crucify Speaker Oliva for his clinical use of the term, yet they're completely comfortable referring to the life in a mother's womb as a fetus or a cluster of cells. Oliva brought that issue up during the interview, however, those on the left dismissed this, proving once and for all why their party is the king of double standards.
It is also worth mentioning that had a psychiatrist or doctor used the term "host body", those on the left would have been silent. But because one of the most powerful Republicans in Florida chose to use the biological term, Democrats in the Sunshine State overreacted, choosing to virtue signal to their entire base.
To be clear: we aren't suggesting that women who have babies aren't mothers. We are, however, shining the spotlight on an epidemic that looks to incarcerate our God-give rights as Americans.
PC culture is an abhorrent, reprehensible movement that is limiting one's First Amendment Rights. By apologizing for everything we say, we are slowly giving in to a postmodern doctrine that has already crippled our university system.
Republican or Democrat, it makes no difference. Both parties need to reject the collectivist view that tribal identities are how people should be categorized in our modern society. The most successful societies aren't tribal in nature. If we continue to sacrifice the sovereign, individual view for the collective, tribal view, we will soon find ourselves in a censored America where your identity is defined by what group you belong to.