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 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.