Saturday, 22 August 2009

O-o-o-Oklahoma: Where law and reason came sweepin' down the plain.

And The Fetus©™ fetishists were smacked down again.

From the NYT, by way of Broadsides 'State-utory Rape':

On Tuesday, Judge Vicki L. Robertson of the Oklahoma County District Court ruled the omnibus abortion bill - which lawmakers passed over the veto of Gov. Brad Henry, a Democrat, in 2008 - violated a clause in the State Constitution requiring that bills deal with only one subject. Judge Robertson did not rule on whether the law, which rolled together five separate anti-abortion measures, violated constitutional protections of privacy and freedom of speech. ...

In recent years, several states have passed laws requiring women to undergo an ultrasound before an abortion and at least three - Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi - require doctors to offer the woman the chance to see the image. But Oklahoma’s Legislature went further. ...

In early stages of pregnancy, when the fetus is tiny, the law would have required the ultrasound to be done vaginally to get a clear image, providers said. No exceptions were made for rape and incest victims.

Imagine that. Abortion criminalizers were seeking to pass a law that would force every girl or woman who chooses to terminate her pregnancy to submit to these invasive procedures. All in a zygote zealot day's work.

Oklahoma's is the not the only state legislature in the US beset with obstructive, fundamentalist religious, right-wing conservatives busy-bodies. The Centre for Reproductive Rights called this tactic "Most Extreme Ultrasound Law" in the US. But this war is being waged in other jurisdictions as well.

In Canada, The Fetus©™ fetishists do not currently own the ears of Stevie and his Harpocrites. But that doesn't mean they're not planning their next lunatic overstatement or MASSIVE tactic.

1 comment:

Bina said...

OMG. Wouldn't inserting an ultrasound probe into a rape/incest victim's vagina be like rape all over again...only this time, to revictimize her yet once more by FORCING HER TO KEEP HER ATTACKER'S SEED?

Ugh. Ugh, ugh, ugh. (bangs head against wall)

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