March 20, 2012

Lie back and think of England

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.

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  • Reply Heide March 20, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    A-fucking-men. I try to avoid turning the intertubes blue, but this just seems to demand it.

  • Reply De a March 20, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    The only positive thing about this situation is your title.

    It’s appalling that that procedure should be required.

  • Reply Poker Chick March 20, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    What concerns me most is not this one individual incident as much, not that I’m dismissing it, but that it’s a sign of a larger trend of people thinking this kind of bill is ok and not thinking women deserve better. Where’s the respect?

  • Reply Coco March 20, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    This country isn’t just going to hell. It’s taking the express escalator with slippery slope option installed.

  • Reply Theresa March 20, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Idaho, now on my list of places to never move to. Are they trying to compete with Arizona??

    Well said, Emily…

  • Reply Mona Wise March 20, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    I can’t believe that 23 people think this is ok….and am guessing they are all men.
    I am assuming there will be uproar over this.

  • Reply Painted Maypole March 21, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    this whole thing is just crazy. in the “silver lining” department, however, I heard on NPR how republican women are being really turned off (terrible pun) by this whole business, and looking to vote democrat.

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