State Representative Alan Dick (the jokes write themselves) doesn’t think that a woman’s pregnancy is really “her pregnancy” and would have “a little more peace” about this nasty abortion business if the impregnator was required to consent to the impregnatee’s decision to terminate the pregnancy.
Last week, I got all caught up in my anti-War on Women fury and tweeted an article that, it transpired, was three years old. Oopsie!
In my defense, though, it was about a law in Oklahoma that was really, really heinous and had actually passed, so my brain was a bit addled. This law (later struck down by the courts) would have required that the details of every abortion conducted in the state be posted on a public website:
The questionnaire doesn’t include the woman’s name or “any information specifically identifying the patient,” but it does ask for age, race, level of education, marital status, number of previous pregnancies, and the county in which the abortion was performed, information which opponents of the bill argue would be enough to identify a woman in a small town. The questionnaire also asks about the mother’s reason for the abortion, her method of payment, and even what type of insurance she has, as well as whether the fetus received anaesthetic and whether there was “an infant born alive as a result of the abortion.”
The Arizona Senate Committee on Healthcare and Medical Liability Reform approved HB 2800 which strips state funding from any group (like Planned Parenthood) that performs abortion even though existing state law and the fucking Hyde Amendment already prohibit the use of state/federal funds for abortion.
‘We Have No Choice’: One Woman’s Ordeal with Texas’ New Sonogram Law
This is what government intrusion on a woman’s choice has wrought. It’s heartbreaking.
Halfway through my pregnancy, I learned that my baby was ill. Profoundly so. My doctor gave us the news kindly, but still, my husband and I weren’t prepared. Just a few minutes earlier, we’d been smiling giddily at fellow expectant parents as we waited for the doctor to see us. In a sonography room smelling faintly of lemongrass, I’d just had gel rubbed on my stomach, just seen blots on the screen become tiny hands. For a brief, exultant moment, we’d seen our son—a brother for our 2-year-old girl.
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*. (Click for more hatred of women)
“Lawrence, we should be absolutely embarrassed as a nation that we are going backwards in time instead of forward, and to treat women as if we are feeble-minded uncapable of making decisions for our bodies is shameful.”
Ohio State Senator Nina Turner, #TeamUterati salutes you.