Skip to main content

To provide an update, SheKossack LeanneB shared this link with me. Apparently the challenges to these laws are stacking up already. If you're looking for a way to help, this blog may have useful resources that are local to Oklahoma. Here's more coverage. The Center for Reproductive Rights appears to be leading the charge.

So my state is now requiring women seeking a degree of control over their reproductive futures to undergo a hoop-jumping performance that guilts them, patronizes them, and compels them to get an unnecessary, dubious and intrusive ultrasound.

Of course I have some opinions, as does my wife (just as soon as I find a big enough spatula to scoop her from the ceiling), but before I do, I have a decision to make. Because I'm gonna write a diary now, and there are a lot of different ways I could go with it.

For starters, I could ask, "Do Oklahoma legislators ever want to have sex again?" I mean, it's a trade secret that most of our so-called representatives don't fuck and make babies the same way you and I do. It's kind of asexual and weird. Like "budding." Did you ever learn about that in high school bio? It's a messy process, and they tend to do it in dark, moist places. But that's how they've become so strong here.

I could point out how since most abortions are performed in the early part of the pregnancy, the thing that these women will be lawfully forced to look at will resemble a fleshy jellybean more than it would a human being. Now don't get me wrong. When you're about to become a dad, looking at that little wad of goo is all kinds of exciting. You give it a name and a set of emotions, even though you know you're anthropomorphizing things a tad early.

Still, my wife and I planned for that little cocktail shrimp-looking guy. These women probably didn't. And because there's no exemption for rape or incest victims, well, why would they ever want to see that particular jellybean? It's not bound to inspire many warm and kushy thoughts, is it? I imagine it would be horrifying. But then, I can only imagine.

I could spin a metaphor. That making a woman look at a fetus before getting an abortion is like:

A: Setting a firefighter on fire before he can rush into a burning building
B: Requiring a soldier to get shot before he is issued a firearm
C: Showing a man seeking a vasectomy his own vas deferens by sticking a camera in through his urethra.

I could mention how this is tantamount to emotional blackmail. And it's not even blackmail of a particularly subtle variety. It's insulting and demeaning and humiliating and patronizing all at once. I might ask why people think this level of shaming is necessary for women who merely want what the law says they are allowed to have.

Another point I could spell out would be the measure in this law that tells doctors they can't be sued for an "omission contributed to the mother not having obtained an abortion." What does this mean? Does it mean that a doctor can lie about the health of the fetus for fear that the woman would seek an abortion in the case of a birth defect?

I'm not sure what it could mean, but it sounds like it's creating an atmosphere where a doctor can mislead a woman into not having an abortion. When a woman is making a decision this difficult and this important, she is owed all the best and most complete information, and nothing less.

Since we've brought up already the unfortunate fact that rape and/or incest victims get no exemption from this most Draconian of abortion laws, I might also ask the law's proponents to tell me why you think a woman recovering from the psychic damage rape causes would ever want to have someone examining her body in such a personal way -- unless of course she did so under her own free will.

With this law, free will is out of the question. Both for the woman and for her doctor. The law would require the ultrasound to be administered via a device that goes through the tummy (laymen's terms) OR through the vagina — and I quote, "Whichever would display the embryo or fetus more clearly."

This is like one of my favorite phrases that you'll find on the inside of a taxi cab. "Whatever is greater." Whichever one shows the fetus more clearly. Whichever one enables us to shame you more. To more effectively scar you emotionally at an already difficult moment in your life.

I could get really graphic here. What we're talking about is a subtle form of rape. What else do you call a law that forces law-abiding women to allow a doctor to insert instruments into her body whether she wants to or not? I'm not being alarmist or inflammatory here. That's literally what the law requires.

I could go a lot of ways with this column. But instead, I will do two things.

I will state a simple fact. That I am an Oklahoman, and I believe that women are smart enough to make their own medical decisions. I believe that they and they alone should decide what goes into and what goes out of their bodies, and when and where.

Secondly, I will make a request of you, who is reading this. It's my opinion that Oklahoma has become some sort of testing ground for radical anti-abortion lawmaking. They're testing the waters to see what they can get away with legally and legislatively.

So please. Don't just say, "Those fucking Okies deserve what they get for electing Republicans." Don't just say, "If they want to live in the Stone Age, let them. It doesn't impact me." Because one day, it might.

Sure, we might get lucky again and have this law struck down, as we saw with the law that would have required personal information about women who get abortions to be made public. That very well may happen. Indeed, it seems like this may be the only imaginable conclusion for a law that appears to be unconstitutional on its very face.

But let us please not count on that. Laws like these should be resisted, by Oklahomans, by other Americans, by women and by men. If they are not, and this effort becomes a successful model for the anti-choice movement, who knows where else it could be applied?

Don't dismiss this. Take it seriously.

Originally posted to droogie6655321 on Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 10:08 AM PDT.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Meteor Blades, Sharoney, Louise, JekyllnHyde, boydog, miriam, Sean Robertson, Ray Radlein, catdevotee, Radiowalla, murphy, debcoop, SarahLee, Caelian, sula, Joan McCarter, JeffLieber, decafdyke, mem from somerville, mattman, tommurphy, alicia, wu ming, KateG, mslat27, mataliandy, marge, sardonyx, EvieCZ, Mr Teem, concernedamerican, emmanuel, indybend, BlackSheep1, lippythelion69, annrose, Summer F, boadicea, fishwars, Glic, barath, Transmission, roses, L0kI, jbeach, limae, sngmama, splashy, Cedwyn, lirtydies, antirove, high uintas, Oke, menodoc, psnyder, TexDem, jlynne, 2laneIA, grannyhelen, yet another liberal, texasmom, GN1927, ohiolibrarian, On The Bus, Steven Payne, Catte Nappe, whyvee, kalmoth, lcrp, barbwires, Oaktown Girl, Diana in NoVa, Matt Esler, FlyingToaster, side pocket, mungley, lonespark, KayCeSF, lyvwyr101, vacantlook, snowbird42, Timroff, BDA in VA, My Philosophy, oortdust, Julie Gulden, Big Tex, julifolo, rapala, arkylib, chumley, ExStr8, Bluesee, marina, radarlady, christineNYC, snstara, BluejayRN, JanetT in MD, Heiuan, SherwoodB, Luetta, ccasas, clammyc, kefauver, DoGooderLawyer, citizenx, terrypinder, dewtx, Brooke In Seattle, EJP in Maine, Laurence Lewis, boofdah, eru, teknofyl, Sara R, Inland, sheddhead, EeDan, LivesInAShoe, Detroit Mark, Ekaterin, murasaki, kathny, jiml, begone, reddbierd, salvador dalai llama, martini, BachFan, Captain Sham, mcronan, Debbie in ME, ravenwind, Kingsmeg, edwardssl, BlueInARedState, Themistoclea, mr crabby, seefleur, Hear Our Voices, kestrel9000, fromer, Texas Blue Dot, Albatross, arlene, luckydog, blueoasis, goodasgold, zigeunerweisen, birdbrain64, global citizen, twigg, JVolvo, Dauphin, bleeding heart, doinaheckuvanutjob, Pilgrim X, Turbonerd, IL clb, Clive all hat no horse Rodeo, fiddlingnero, means are the ends, cherryXXX69, blueoregon, BoojumSte, Statusquomustgo, Nebraska Outsider, Hedwig, Pandoras Box, Aaa T Tudeattack, pat of butter in a sea of grits, ammasdarling, pale cold, pinkhighway, dov12348, BeninSC, anotherdemocrat, donnamarie, SemDem, ColoTim, gloriana, moosely2006, beth meacham, edsbrooklyn, Matt Z, gustynpip, terabytes, sfbob, joyful, londubh, newpioneer, malharden, HCKAD, jedennis, st minutia, Uberbah, mudslide, millwood, gchaucer2, hopi13, Dar Nirron, leonard145b, JML9999, VA Breeze, sand805, MKinTN, Patricia Bruner, Dem in the heart of Texas, martydd, JeffW, pullbackthecurtain, Louisiana Fiddle Gal, RickMassimo, scooter in brooklyn, Involuntary Exile, bythesea, skohayes, CDH in Brooklyn, blindyone, lineatus, CT Voter, Mother of Zeus, beltane, Greasy Grant, blue book, pamelabrown, Cassandra Waites, hwmnbn, TokenLiberal, MsWings, Jeff Y, mofembot, Seamus D, glendaw271, petulans, luckylizard, Piren, psilocynic, Mayfly, vacuumslayer, Anjana, lissablack, fayea, lostboyjim, legendmn, LaFeminista, wv voice of reason, maggiejean, SciMathGuy, who dat, Mrs M, denisegreenbay, DontTaseMeBro, rsmpdx, Rick Aucoin, ARS, snackdoodle, Magick Maven, juca, An Affirming Flame, Michael James, janmtairy, Partisan Progressive, velvet blasphemy, imperturb, tr GW, earicicle, cn4st4datrees, CamillesDad1, DefendOurConstitution, Daily Activist, CaliSista, DHinIA, Kaili Joy Gray, MooseHB, jazzence, sanglug, allep10, Denise Oliver Velez, kevinpdx, IDrankWhat, DreamyAJ, CityLightsLover, sherijr, Bene Gesserit1, vcthree, schnecke21, futureliveshere, deviant24x, Leftcandid, Larsstephens, ozarkspark, BigVegan, awcomeon, FogCityJohn, Vacationland, zaynabou, stunzeed, Ann T Bush, LeanneB, cgirard, freeport beach PA, trixied13, legalchic, Eddie L, melpomene1, Arenosa, calichristi, sullivanst, elginblt, scarlet slipper, Cure7802, tellinya, NYWheeler, cai, Lolo08, Funkygal, rja, WedtoReason, roystah, elengul, Toon, science nerd, Oh Mary Oh, nosleep4u, dharmadyke, cany, Actbriniel, JanG, NC Blue, Scruffy Looking Nerf Herder, Onomastic, BrowniesAreGood, gobears2000, PaDemTerry, SuperBowlXX, Medina Mahmoud, StateofEuphoria, slowbutsure, Zooey Glass, AuroraDawn, poorbuster, BlueJessamine, m00finsan, fishboots, Mistral Wind, Situational Lefty, beantown mom, Nicci August, sallym, deeproots, gravlax, Civil Writes Activist, KelleyRN2, mawazo, princesspat, feeny, lovespaper, phillygirl64, burana, grannysally, thomask, DruidQueen, dle2GA, debaseTheBase, KVoimakas, CherryTheTart, vzfk3s, wintergreen8694, IL JimP, Empty Vessel, The Rational Hatter, Safina, gr8trtl, mali muso, MinistryOfTruth, poliwrangler, Wood Dragon, coffejoe, Strange New World, Marihilda, SweetLittleOkie, Hector Gonzalez, Vatexia, KingofSpades, Aphrodottie, RLMiller, leftykook, StepLeftStepForward, aerie star, jaebone, MichaelNY, Dakit, farleftloon, Catskill Julie, anonintx, FireBird1, Hookah, TheLizardKing, SilverWillow, passionateprotagonist, Susan G in MN, imchangeingagain, swampyankee, farlefty

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site