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27 04 2010

I know, I know: It’s like obsessing that ‘there’s somebody wrong on the internet!’

But Gott im himmel, I cannot let this go:

Strict Abortion Measures Enacted in Oklahoma

Strict: so THAT’s what they’re calling punish-evil-women measures these days.

According to James McKinley Jr of the New York Times:

Though other states have passed similar measures requiring women to have ultrasounds, Oklahoma’s law goes further, mandating that a doctor or technician set up the monitor so the woman can see it and describe the heart, limbs and organs of the fetus. No exceptions are made for rape and incest victims.

A second measure passed into law on Tuesday prevents women who have had a disabled baby from suing a doctor for withholding information about birth defects while the child was in the womb.

Got that?

The first provision is presumably driven by an overwhelming need to ensure that woman understands exactly what she’s about to do—because, hey, women are such silly little things who go about evacuating their uteri for just any ol’ reason.

And who could be against a truly informed consent?

Um. . . then. . . about that second provision?

But wait! There’s more!

Two other anti-abortion bills are still working their way through the Legislature and are expected to pass. One would force women to fill out a lengthy questionnaire about their reasons for seeking an abortion; statistics based on the answers would then be posted online. The other restricts insurance coverage for the procedures.

Any penalties attached for writing over the questionnaire ‘BECAUSE I DON’T WANT TO HAVE A CHILD RIGHT NOW YOU DUMB FUCK!’ or  ‘NONE OF YOUR FUCKING BUSINESS YOU NOSY PIECE OF SHIT!’?

And just in case you think I’m overreacting, how’s this for an Alex-in-the-movie-theatre mind-fuck:

Several states have passed laws in recent years requiring women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion, and at least three — Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi — require doctors to offer the woman a chance to see the image. But Oklahoma’s new law says that the monitor must be placed where the woman can see it and that she must listen to a detailed description of the fetus. [emphasis added]

Tell me—tell me this is not about punishing women.

(*Yes, that’s a A Clockwork Orange reference)

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