What in the world could they be thinking?
The Oklahoma Legislature voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to override vetoes of two highly restrictive abortion measures, one making it a law that women undergo an ultrasound and listen to a detailed description of the fetus before having an abortion.
Though other states have passed similar measures forcing women to have ultrasounds, Oklahoma’s law goes further, requiring a doctor or technician to set up the monitor where the woman can see it and describe the heart, limbs and organs of the fetus. No exceptions are made for rape and incest victims.
The second measure passed into law Tuesday protects doctors from malpractice suits if they decide not to inform the parents of a unborn baby that the fetus has birth defects. The intent of the bill is to prevent parents from later suing doctors who withhold information to try to influence them against having an abortion.
The governor, Brad Henry, a democrat, vetoed the first on the grounds that it didn’t exempt rape and incest, and violated a woman’s privacy. The second he labeled as immoral. Right!
This kind of disregard for the rights of othersin order to preserve a fetus does seem to me to be psychopathological. It is very hard to believe that the legislators’ desire for control has left them with any empathy for anything more than a fetus.
This may make linking immodesty to earthquakes fairly small beans. Will we feminists just stand by?
I’ve just discovered Stoat’s earlier post on this topic here.