Strict OK Abortion Measures passed

Read that article. It talks about two bills that were passed in OK yesterday.

The first bill requires that women who are getting an abortion, regardless of reason, watch an ultrasound of THEIR FETUS and listen to a detailed description of it. The doctor MUST set the monitor up so the woman can see it and then point out heart, limbs, organs. No exceptions – not for those who were raped, or victims of incest, or terminating because the child will not survive outside the womb. This is absolutely barbaric. I believe it to be unconstitutional – it should fall under “cruel and unusual punishment”. It’s hard enough for women to get abortions as it is – pickets standing outside telling her she’s a murderer, and let’s not discount the emotional cost to a woman. She may not realize it at the time, but she will later. They are setting women up for mass amounts of PTSD. I wouldn’t be surprised if the next part of this bill becomes “Make the woman watch the ultrasound machine while you perform the abortion itself, and then show her the remains”. It’s like we’ve stepped back 600 years, to when women weren’t thought of as intelligent. Do they think we don’t know what the fetus looks like? Do they think women just casually go “oh dear, I’m pregnant and I don’t want to be. Guess I’ll go down to the corner clinic and get an abortion.”? I’m pretty sure there’s a lot of debating and thinking and crying that goes on before the decision is made. This is just…barbaric. It’s really the only word I can come up with.

The second bill prevents doctors from being sued if they failed to give the parents information on defects while the child was still in utero. So doctors no longer have to give that information out, because they are protected. If they don’t give the info out, the parents can’t prepare for it – or decide to terminate. Oh! But if they DO decide to terminate, refer to bill #1.

It looks like there are two other bills expected to pass as well. One makes the woman fill out a long form stating why she wants an abortion – which will then be put online as part of statistics. Talk about violation of privacy! One can only hope that they are least keep the personal information confidential and just use the numbers. But again, this is already hard enough, emotionally – why make it harder? The second bill restricts insurance coverage – but most insurance companies I know don’t’ cover it anyways.

Do they really think a woman who wants an abortion is going to say “there’s too many hoops, I’m not doing it”? No, she’ll find a back alley somewhere and have someone do it. Or pay to have someone hit her enough that she miscarries. Or she’ll take drugs that will cause a miscarriage. And should all that fail, she’ll have the child and hide it in a dumpster.

I hope that OK is prepared to deal with the consequences of their actions. I hope they have counseling services available, starting now, for all the shit that is going to hit the fan.

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