Did you know that yesterday, 23 Idaho legislators voted to require women to have fetal ultrasounds prior to choosing to terminate a pregnancy? Yes, the measure passed the state Senate, 23-12.
I find it astonishing that there are 23 people in this entire country stupid, insane, or immoral enough to consider this acceptable. Now, I know they’re not necessarily requiring vaginal ultrasounds, so one could argue they aren’t legislating that women be penetrated prior to obtaining an abortion. However, very early ultrasounds – in my rather extensive experience – are vaginal, because that’s the only way anything shows up early in a pregnancy. I could be wrong about this, in which case the law doesn’t sanction raping women with a medical device prior to terminating a pregnancy, it just requires them to go through a very personal and expensive procedure. Twice.
Note the expensive part. Ultrasounds aren’t cheap, but when they serve viable medical purposes, they make sense. Sometimes, we need to pony up to pay for medical services. It’s sad, of course, that many people can’t get the medical services they need because there aren’t enough doctors or enough nurses or enough equipment or enough money. Maybe we should make healthcare available to everyone. Maybe that would be a good idea?
Naw, that’s Obamacare. That’s socialism. That’s the government getting all big and nosy and out of hand and taking away people’s right to choose. Instead, let’s devote considerable medical resources to making women get two motherfucking ultrasounds before they get to decide what to do with their own bodies.