Regular readers will know I am not much in the habit of commenting on politics, especially those of another country, but this is just plain ugly:
Oklahoma lawmakers overrode their governor’s veto Tuesday to enact tough abortion laws that force women to undergo invasive ultrasounds and allow doctors to withhold test results showing fetal defects.
Even women who are victims of rape or incest will be required to listen to a detailed description of the fetus and view the ultrasound image prior to terminating a pregnancy.
They will also likely be required to undergo vaginal rather than abdominal ultrasounds as doctors are required to use the method that “would display the embryo or fetus more clearly.”
Patients and ultrasound techs have told me transvaginal ultrasounds are horribly invasive procedures. In essence, a long probe like the one above is inserted into the vagina up to the cervix. At my hospital they aren’t done routinely, and are only performed if absolutely necessary. Now imagine a 15 year-old incest victim or a 23 year-old rape victim being compelled to undergo this procedure in order to obtain an abortion.
Hey, let’s re-enact the crime! Let’s victimize the victim! Because evidently, in Oklahoma anyway, this is considered good heath care.
I’m not a fan of abortion, to be clear. But I am a nurse, and it seems to me to compel women to be symbolically raped to obtain health care is particularly evil. And unless you’re willing to have this procedure performed on yourself, or your raped daughter, please spare me any cant about the rights of the fetus.