Monday, April 26, 2010

Ultrasound Is Intrusive?

Really? Via Echidne of the Snakes is this article on proposed pro-life legislation.

Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry vetoed two abortion bills that he said are an unconstitutional attempt by the Legislature to insert government into the private lives and decisions of citizens.

One measure would have required women to undergo an intrusive ultrasound and listen to a detailed description of the fetus before getting abortions. Henry said Friday that legislation is flawed because it does not allow rape and incest victims to be exempted.

"Intrusive ultrasound"? I've had all kinds of ultrasounds before, but never heard them described as "intrusive." Why is requiring an ultrasound before killing your baby heinous, which is the way this is being described?

Lawmakers who supported the vetoed measures promised an override vote in the House and Senate as early as next week. A national abortion rights group has said the ultrasound bill would have been among the strictest anti-abortion measures in the United States if it had been signed into law.

Henry said "it would be unconscionable to subject rape and incest victims to such treatment" because it would victimize a victim a second time.

So, undergoing an abortion isn't victimizing anyone--well, except the baby who gets killed, but that doesn't count, don't you know--but getting an ultrasound is victimizing? In other words, giving the patient full knowledge of what they're doing is "victimizing a victim for a second time," but letting her get an abortion without knowledge is ok?

"State policymakers should never mandate that a citizen be forced to undergo any medical procedure against his or her will, especially when such a procedure could cause physical or mental trauma. To do so amounts to an unconstitutional invasion of privacy," he said.

Wait. We have all kinds of laws on the books regarding medical procedures and what can and can't be done, and some of that can be pretty traumatizing. We have the new Obamacare bill which sure looks like legislation which will force patients to undergo all sorts of procedures--including procedures like long waits for care, for example--but that's ok because it's not making it more difficult to kill one's offspring? And having to wait weeks to get your cancer treatment or being unable to get treatment (since there won't be enough providers for all the "free" care the government will now be giving out) is pretty traumatizing mentally. But I guess that will be ok, provided taxpayers fund your abortions.
Under the ultrasound legislation, doctors would have been required to use a vaginal probe in cases where it would provide a clearer picture of the fetus than a regular ultrasound. Doctors have said this is usually the case early in pregnancies, when most abortions are done.

Oh, so it's like having an annual exam. God knows that's really traumatizing. Certainly don't want women to know what they're getting rid of. That might look too much like your well woman exam.

Why are women perfectly capable of making major decisions with all kinds of information (according to feminists) but knowing that the products of conception are actually a human being makes them swoon?