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News from the Plains: All this RED can make you BLUE

The (Woman's) Body Politic
by Barry Friedman

The latest Oklahoma news from, shall we say, down there:

1. A woman must receive state-directed counseling that includes information designed to discourage her from having an abortion and then wait 24 hours before the procedure is provided.
2. Abortion is covered in private insurance policies only in cases of life endangerment, unless an optional rider is purchased at an additional cost.
3. Health plans that will be offered in the state’s health exchange that will be established under the federal health care reform law can only cover abortion in cases when the woman's life is endangered, unless an optional rider is purchased at an additional cost.
4. Abortion is covered in insurance policies for public employees only in cases of life endangerment, unless an optional rider is purchased at an additional cost.
5. The use of telemedicine for the performance of medication abortion is prohibited.
6. The parent of a minor must consent and be notified before an abortion is provided.
7. Public funding is available for abortion only in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest.
8. An abortion may be performed at or after 20 weeks postfertilization (22 weeks after the woman’s last menstrual period) only if the woman’s life is endangered or if her physical health is severely compromised, based on the spurious assertion that a fetus can feel pain at that point.
When Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said restrictions on abortion rights were acceptable as long as they didn't place an "undue burden" on a woman, many Oklahoma legislators heard--and continue to hear--"First we register all the vaginas."
Abortion providers in Oklahoma will be required to report dozens of new details about each procedure under a bill signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.
A separate bill in the Oklahoma House, sponsored by Representative Mike Reynolds (R-Oklahoma City), would put to voters an amendment to the state’s Constitution that would define life as the moment “biological development” begins. It would outlaw abortion, birth control, and in vitro fertilization that resulted in fertilized cells dying. It would not provide any exception in the case of rape or incest.
See what they do? It's not about abortion, not really--it's about sex, it's about control, it's about telling a woman what she can and can't do with her body; otherwise, why include in vitro, why include birth control? To representatives like this, women are not human beings--they're chattel.

Unfortunately, men aren't the only ones who think so.

In 2010, the State House approved a measure that would require women seeking an abortion to be given ultra sound pictures of the fetus prior to the procedure. And of the 94 legislators voting, only 7 said no. Representative Lisa Billy offered the bill. A woman. With a uterus.

Billy was quoted as saying: “The bill is necessary to provide women all of the information before they make an irrevocable decision. This bill actually provides her a choice – she does not have to view that screen.”
She does not have to view that screen? How does one's head not explode after uttering such a thing?

Worse, the representative is wrong. Or lying. Or insane.

Oklahoma, North Carolina and Texas passed laws requiring that the ultrasound screen face the woman and spelling out in detail what the doctor must describe, effectively requiring vaginal probes in most cases.
Probes the state would require--require--physicians to perform and the patients to pay for.

How's the GOP notion of less government intrusion in your lives working out for you? Ladies ... GOP ladies ... Hello?

Yet another law says doctors cannot be sued for lying to expectant mothers about disabilities in the fetus.  

Doctor (looking at blood results): Oh my God!
Expectant Mother: What, what? Is something wrong?
Doctor: Uh, no. No. Did I say something was wrong? No, no. I was just thanking God for the miracle of modern medicine.  Let us pray.

The good news, and there isn't much: many of these horrendous laws written by horrendous legislators have been ruled unconstitutional. Not so much because they're the result of 14th Century misogynists who spend too much time being pelted by the wind that comes sweeping down the plains--where 'ev'ry night my honey lamb and I discuss God's plan for her hoo-hah--but because they are so poorly drafted, they violate the Oklahoma Constitution, which requires bills to deal with a single subject only. Judges here want to control the amount of stupid that goes into each piece of legislation.

On Tuesday, following appeals by the state, the Oklahoma Supreme Court reaffirmed the lower court's decisions that the laws are "facially unconstitutional."
Not sure what that means? Replace facially with fucking and you'll have some idea what the courts think of the state's abortion laws.

Now if we could just get state legislators to stop writing them.

Originally posted to News From The Plains. All This Red Can Make You Blue on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 04:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Pro Choice, Sluts, Abortion, and Community Spotlight.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Sounds like Obamacare repeal: (2+ / 0-)
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    hnichols, radarlady

    Each far right weirdo wants to set out a position as most pious, as most moist at the thought of all the babbies, and, since the legislators know, and are actually counting on it, the courts will disallow each law, they all get a separate chance to write one and get it signed. Oh, sure, it costs the taxpayers money in legal fees, but it keeps reaffirming that Oklahoma morality, and it builds up political points for the nuts.

    I would imagine that each nut in danger of a primary rushes forward with a vaginas must be for husbandry bill.

    Everyone's innocent of some crime.

    by The Geogre on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 05:02:04 AM PDT

  •  If you could just get the population (5+ / 0-)

    to stop voting for people with 14th century minds.  It's insane how the GOP is getting away with treating women and practicing medicine on top of that.  And nobody notices.  Maybe they should start singing about it on reality shows.  Fox certainly won't be telling their subjects the truth any time soon.

    The GOP will destroy anything they can't own.

    by AnnieR on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 06:53:22 AM PDT

  •  How's that Parental Consent rule work vs Incest (3+ / 0-)
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    radarlady, tmservo433, Yamara

    exception??   So I guess the incest exeption only applies to adults, eh?  

    Fucking idiots.  

    Comfort the afflicted. Afflict the comfortable.

    by FindingMyVoice on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 08:46:12 AM PDT

    •  Most likely there's a judicial bypass (3+ / 0-)
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      FindingMyVoice, fallina7, Yamara

      That's what has been counted as "not an undue burden" by the courts: to have a teenager go before a judge to say she was impregnated by a family member and ask to be "permitted" to abort. Then the judge asks the family member if that's true. Yeah, no "burden" there.

      It give me a pounding headache to imagine how going to court and standing before a judge to beg for assistance when one is an underage victim wouldn't be an utterly terrifying experience.

      Radarlady, who went before a judge at the age of 17 because of an automotive accident she caused (only minor injuries resulted, but there was major damage to the automobiles involved)  and refused to drive again for over 20 years...

  •  They said "facially" because they (1+ / 0-)
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    aren't allowed to say "fucking".  Because decorum.  And shit.  If one of them did actually say it that way I bet it'd open some eyes.

    I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

    by mojo11 on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 12:17:17 PM PDT

    •  And here I thought that was their birth control (1+ / 0-)
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      And not in an adventurous, fun, consensual way, but for the degrading, demeaning thought.

      Because it seems like degrading women seems to turn them on.

      Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

      by Chris Reeves on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 08:06:03 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  The Answer To This Dilemma (1+ / 0-)
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    Elect more Democratic Women to the Legislature.

    And when that day comes start passing legislation to control men's use of their penises.

    Once you leave the womb, conservatives don’t care about you until you reach military age. Then you’re just what they’re looking for. Conservatives want live babies so they can raise them to be dead soldiers. -GC

    by cobaltbay on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 07:38:51 PM PDT

  •  no one ever extrapolates (0+ / 0-)

    I wish someone would extrapolate these wingnut religious ideas to their natural conclusions for the voters.  No one does that.  The future they envision is impossible to wrap your head around.  They want to put a genie back in a bottle that never existed.

    the vestal virgin, untouched by any man, obeying her father who hands her off to her husband who only has sex with her to procreate, never enjoying one minute of it.

    will there be hired security outside every bedroom? Listening, watching to catch the non-married or married doing something illegal? or maybe a drone outside a window, or church lady watching a monitor. that's a whole lot of big government right there. a jobs program? I spose you could solve the porn problem by assigning those addicted to porn to watch real people - that might be a cure two-fer.

    the men having sex presumably with women, but someone else's daughter who is not clean or worthy of marriage, being punished for the deed by no access to birth control,
    forced to give birth without health care,and beg for charity
    for food and shelter for the rest of her life, unable to work because there is no one to take care of the child, cementing her poverty.

    the unwanted child to go uneducated, badly clothed and fed to live out a life of desperation, doing menial work.
    Unable and unworthy of ever having a family of his own.

    Whole towns of the privately educated wealthy upper caste surrounded by millions of uneducated, unhealthy, peasants, unable to produce or consume the goods created by the wealthy. sounds like Calcutta to me.....

    And what of the men - those noble creatures totally incapable of even the least control, unable to resist the temptations. who have no responsibility except to themselves.  when will the government take the next step to control the sacred sperm?

    Is this the world we want to live in?  Is this the America the majority of us want?  Already marriage and birth rates are the lowest in decades.  we are not even replacing ourselves.

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