Mandatory ultrasounds that the abortion-seeking woman must view and pay for herself.
Florida's Republican-led Senate pushed through an 11th-hour provision Wednesday that would require women seeking an abortion in their first trimester of pregnancy to pay for ultrasound exams.
The amendment, which had not been debated during committee meetings, was attached to a health care bill (HB 1143) by a 22-17 vote following two hours of emotional debate.
Oh. Wait. There's an exception for victims of rape, domestic violence, or incest. With two enormous buts.
One, the victim has to 'prove' she's a victim. How the hell does one do that?
Two -- and this is just astonishing:
Victims of such crimes would still be required to have the ultrasound exam and pay for the procedure, which lawmakers estimated average between $350 and $400.
Such victims would, however, be permitted to avert their eyes.
The bill has passed both the senate and the house and has gone to be signed or vetoed by Governor Charlie Crist, who is facing his own political troubles. A moderate Republican -- yeah, they apparently still exist -- Crist wants to run for the federal senate, but he got teabagged for the Republican nomination. He is running as an independent.
Abortion is still legal in the Excited States, remember. Access to abortion though is becoming increasingly encased in state-level barbwire and triplines dreamed up by fetus fetishizing sadists.
And remember too -- we have people here in Canada who want to put restrictions on abortion. And once they get started -- well, we have only to look south to see how far they can go.
ADDED: To answer the regina mom's question in the comments, I reread recent blogpost. In soshalist Canada, an ultrasound costs $65.