Saturday, 31 January 2009

Fetus Fetishist Fun

Despite the resounding loss of all abortion initiatives in the recent US election, a new legislative season means the fetus fetishists are gearing up again.

LifeShite has a round-up of efforts in Kansas, Texas, and South Dakota. In Kansas and Texas, they're going with the tried-and-traumatic trick of forcing women who want to terminate a pregnancy to view an ultrasound of the inside of their own uteruses.

The sneaky shits legislators in South Dakota have come up with a new wrinkle on an old ploy. Not content with mandatory counselling:

The proposed legislation would require that a doctor performing an abortion in the state be available for a two-hour period on the day before the scheduled abortion for consultation with the patient in the same city where the abortion will be performed. Under the bill, failure to do so would be a Class 1 misdemeanor.

You see, in lots of places in the US, abortion providers are perforce peripatetic. They hold clinics in various cities and various states, travelling widely to offer women care. But in this proposal, the very doctor who is to perform the procedure must be available in person the day before. Not a trained counsellor, the doctor her- or himself. Another burden, another obstacle, another waste of time makes the fetish fetishists moist.

But our friend matttbastard* alerts us to a yet another new one, again targetting the doctors. From Utah:

Under current state law, abortion is allowed only in cases of rape or incest, if the fetus cannot survive outside the womb or is unlikely to survive, or to save the mother’s life or preserve her health. . . . Under House Bill 90, sponsored by Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clinton, physicians who perform illegal abortions could be charged with second-degree felony criminal homicide.

Parental notification, mandatory counselling, mandatory ultrasounds, mandatory waiting periods, fetal homicide laws. Now homicide charges for doctors. On and on it goes.

But, hey, let the fetus fetishists have their fun. For now.

When the Freedom of Choice Act is passed and President Obama signs it into law, all such pissant restrictions will be swept from the books.

Oh my, the shrieeeking that will ensue. We're looking forward to it.

*Lots of good links at mattt's place.


Renee said...

The answer to me is very simple, if you are against abortion don;t have one. These people are more interested in controlling womens bodies than they are about the child. If this was truly about the babies they would be pursing for policies that make it easier for women to raise their children but of course that is not on the agenda. No instead its lets force these unwanted children into the world and then punish them and their mothers for engaging in teh sex for for the first place.

jj said...

Nice roundup. They must lie awake at night coming up with ways to obstruct women from doing what they want to do, unbelievable. Scum.

Texas is quickly becoming the new Kansas. As well as ultrasound legislation, there's been an ongoing battle over having creationism taught alongside evolution in public schools, most recently last week the creationists were slapped down, again.

J. A. Baker said...

I just love how the laws carrying criminal penalties only apply to doctors. The fetus fetishists actually believe that women are too stoopit and easily influenced to "face the consequences of their actions." It's the ultimate in misogyny!

deBeauxOs said...

It's those female hormonz, doncha know? Many zygote zealots and fetus fetishists are willing to give women a 'get out of jail free' pass for that, and of course, the opportunity to testify against the doctors.

fern hill said...

JAB: Yeah. They want the women to get counselling because obviously they must be nutz to go against their womanly imperative.

In other countries, women are put in prison. I blogged about it at Birth Pangs here.

And here is a round-up of international abortion law, updated annually.

jj said...

Well, JAB, women are just fetal support systems, after all... Can't expect them to be doing any *thinking*.

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