Fuck. This anti-woman bullshit never ends. The bills are coming so fast at us, it’s hard to keep up. Today, I give to you two bills from Mississippi, one designated to make it harder for a woman to take the RU-486 pill, and the other strives to countermand Roe v. Wade without directly repealing it.
Let’s tackle the RU-486 pill bill first since it’s marginally less-loathsome than the other bill. In Mississippi, a woman can take the RU-486 as telemedicine while a doctor monitors her remotely. For example, a woman in the country may not have a pharmacy and a clinic that are near each other, so she can’t visit both in one day. Obviously, it helps if she can take the meds while receiving instructions by phone or the internet. Well, the Mississippi House just passed a bill that would require a doctor to be in the same room as the woman when she ingests the pill, and the bill is on its way to the Senate. Really. I wish I were making this up, but I’m not. One Democrat was quoted as saying he was damn sick and tired of all these motherfucking anti-abortion bills being considered in this House! Ok, I’m paraphrasing slightly, but it’s basically what he said*.
That bill is a cakewalk compared to the next one, however. Bill number two mandates that when a woman goes in for an abortion, the doctor has to search for a fetus’s heartbeat. If said heartbeat is found, the woman can’t get an abortion. There is an exception if the woman’s life is at risk or if the woman can prove she was raped or pregnant as a result of incest. How fucking generous of the state of Mississippi, but it also proves the hypocrisy of this bill and most of the bills like it. If pro-forced-birthers really truly believe that every life is sacred (ha!), then they wouldn’t make an exception for rape and incest. They would say as Rick Santorum did about rape**., “Suck it up, toots, and make lemonade from lemons. It’s a gift from God!”
Back to the bill. If a woman is less than six weeks pregnant (roughly when a heartbeat can be found), she would probably have to undergo the transvaginal probe – and, as an aside, if I never have to type those words again, it would still be too soon – which, again, is a wand shoved up her vagina for no medical purpose. The language in this bill is similar to the language in the personhood amendment bill that was soundly defeated at the polls in November of last year, and Personhood Mississippi is giddy with excitement that this bill made it out of the House and is also on its way to the Senate.
House Judiciary B Committee Chairman Andy Gipson, R-Braxton, says the bill would ban 90 percent of the abortions in the state because most women seek abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detectable.
They are not going directly after Roe v. Wade, but they are making it as impotent (pun intended) as possible. An abortion ban after six weeks. I can’t even with this bullshit any more. I’m tired and sad and pissed off and overwhelmed by the onslaught of forced-birth bills/laws that are being passed all over our nation. We have to fight back as hard as we can and not stop until we win because the alternative is unthinkable.
h/t @underwoodchamp on the Twitter Machine for both links.
**I’ve captured the spirit of his statement, if not the actual words.