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Anti-abortion bills in Oklahoma April 21, 2010

Filed under: reproductive rights — stoat @ 10:41 pm

As reported here, 5 bills are proposed that would place restrictions on access to abortion:

One bill would force women to have an ultrasound of the foetus less than an hour before the abortion. A probe would be introduced into her vagina, with a doctor required to describe what was seen in the ultrasound to the patient.

Another bill places an obligation on doctor and patient to fill out a questionnaire with 38 questions about the woman, including her age, race, marital status, education, number of pregnancies including miscarriages and abortions, and reason for the termination

The three other bills would make abortion clinics display signs saying that women cannot be forced to have abortions; stop women issuing “wrongful life” lawsuits where it is argued that a child born with defects should have been aborted; and introduce a further barrier to stop the state’s new insurance scheme, set up under Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms, from covering abortions

More details on this here (including the confusing claim from an Oklahoma City senator that the aim is to “Protect life and give a voice to those who don’t have it.”)

 

4 Responses to “Anti-abortion bills in Oklahoma”

  1. stoat Says:

    Ok, I think my confusion was just due to anaphora. I think (it’s late).

  2. Dutchwoman Says:

    Excuse me, does it really say ”A probe would be introduced into her vagina, with a doctor required to describe what was seen in the ultrasound to the patient.”
    If that happens against your will, because a law forces you to undergo this procedure, isn’t that called rape???

  3. stoat Says:

    Good point DW. Though you’d probably have to sign a ‘consent’ form first, right? And with that option set, who wouldn’t consent?
    Crap.

  4. [...] just discovered Stoat’s earlier post on this topic here.   Comments [...]


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