Keep Your Laws Out Of My Body
“It is easy to take liberty for granted when you have never had it taken from you” – M. Grundler
Outside of the passing of the Patriot Act, I can not remember a time in my relatively short life in which I felt more hurt or violated by my government. The passage and proposal of recent government sponsored rape legislation in Oklahoma and Florida has left me in utter shock.
You see, I wasn’t around for the
Roe v. Wade court battle. I’ve grown up in an era of women’s equality; or at least the façade of it. For the first time in my life, I think truly understand the indescribable anger of having my most personal liberties taken from me.
By definition, rape does not only mean forced sexual intercourse. By definition, rape can simply be the insertion of an inanimate object. By definition, the new laws in Oklahoma and the proposed law in Florida are rape.
In Oklahoma, with the passage of H.B.2780, the government has not only given consent for medical rape, but has required it.
The new law requires all women have an ultrasound before having an abortion. Sure, sounds reasonable enough. In fact, according to
Planned Parenthood, an ultrasound may be medically necessary anyway to determine what stage of development the fetus is in, and thus what type of abortion procedure should be performed. That’s not the part of the law I personally take issue with.
It’s the specific language in H.B.2780 that I find disturbing.
In Section 3, Paragraph 1, the legislation states that the woman must have an ultrasound by “either a vaginal transducer or an abdominal transducer, whichever would display the embryo or fetus more clearly.” Are you kiddin’ me??? Even a person who knows nothing about medical procedure could stand to reason that an ultrasound from within the body is going to be more detailed than one from the exterior.
Now would be a darn good time to scroll back up and check that rape definition.
Not to mention the bill makes absolutely no exception for rape, incest, or age of the woman or girl at the time of pregnancy. Don’t believe me… it’s eight little pages… go check for yourself.
And then we have the lovely Florida Senate. Once again, Florida has to prove they’re the ass of the country.
Yesterday, in a crafty little amendment tacked on to H.B.1143 (2010), a bill that was supposedly regarding “reduction and simplification of healthcare regulation”. How ironic.
But that tiny little amendment, in 1143E2, snuck in a proposed law similar to the Oklahoma medical rape doozey mentioned above. As far as I’m concerned, this is Crist’s best chance to prove he’s an independent.
Now, I’ll give Florida legislators just a hair more credit… at the very least, they pretended to care about the victims of rape and incest. The bill does contain a provision that would exempt victims from having to view the ultrasound, but only if they present a police report or medical documentation to prove the assault. Considering that statistics indicate that rapes go unreported at least 50% of the time, this law will just prove to be further punishment for victims already suffering.
And in similar fashion to Oklahoma’s rape law, in section 10. (d). 2. of Florida’s proposed legislation you’ll find the requirement of the practitioner to perform a bimanual exam, a procedure requiring the practitioner to physically insert fingers into the patient. How is this not rape?
The most appalling point of Florida’s version of the law… us women folk even get to pay for that government mandated rape! At a price tag that can reach up to $1000, there’s no debate on whether or not this law with disproportionately effect the poor. Great, hope these same legislators don’t come bitchin’ later about the increase in costs to Medicaid and other “socialist” programs when that woman needs help to raise those children.
I can’t begin to imagine how hard the fight for Roe v. Wade fight was.. I can’t imagine the pain and anguish a woman must go through to have an abortion. I am not pretending that these types of procedures are not necessary simply to have an abortion… but they shouldn’t be used as some sort of intimidating factor to prevent a woman from doing what she wants with her own body. I’d love to see if the same law would pass if it required men to have an anal ultrasound before having a vasectomy!
So, I guess this is my generations’ turn to stand for what’s right. We can’t let the rights our parents fought for be taken away so easily.
Historically, the scarlet letter was an A, today it just stands for abortion.