Now Michigan’s Republicans want forced transvaginal ultrasounds

Again, the GOP is more interested in punishing women than giving them affordable health care

vagina-17When Michigan’s Republican Party isn’t busy cutting education, driving down workers’ wages or stealing presidential elections, they always have time to wage a little war on women.

Because it calls for the use of “most technologically advanced ultrasound equipment available at that location”, HB 4187 of 2013 would “effectively require a transvaginal probe” for any woman who wants to end a pregnancy, according to OBGYN Dr. Charlene Abernethy.

Why would a woman be forced to have her body penetrated against her will?

To “protect” her, of course.

From the bill:

THE PERFORMANCE OF A DIAGNOSTIC ULTRASOUND EXAMINATION OF THE FETUS FURTHER PROTECTS THE INTERESTS OF THE WOMAN SEEKING AN ABORTION BY ASSESSING THE VIABILITY OF THE FETUS AND CONFIRMING THE APPROXIMATE GESTATIONAL AGE OF THE FETUS, AS THIS INFORMATION IS NECESSARY IN ORDER TO DETERMINE APPROPRIATE.

Of course, this is a smokescreen made up of stuff bulls have to evacuate.

“These bills are forcing doctors to do medically unnecessary procedures, and are totally politically motivated,” according to Vicki Saporta, President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation, the professional organization of abortion practitioners.

Amy Kerr Hardin at Democracy Tree calls this, “state-sanctioned rape. By law and by definition.”

Behind this violation is the idea that women are so callous that they do not understand what’s going on in their own body.

Republicans love to point out that trust in government is at a historic low.

They think this suggests that people want less spending and a weaker safety net when the opposite is true. What’s more likely is that Americans are sensing that in ways never publicly stated before that Republicans believe wombs are government property and thus the state is free to impose its will on the women that happen to be carrying those wombs.

Meanwhile Republicans are fighting the practical, most effective steps we can take to actually prevent abortions.

The cliche is that Republicans want a government that’s just big enough to fit in your uterus. The truth is they want a government that’s big enough to make sure women only use their bodies to procreate.

UPDATE: This isn’t the only battle Michigan Republicans have started this week in their War on Women. More on this one and yet another HERE.

[Photo by Anne C. Savage]

  • gramamrNazi

    *THAN giving them affordable….

  • http://twitter.com/babsmcphee Barb McAninch

    I wish I could give the GOP a collective “probe” to make sure they know what’s going on with their “body”.

  • Lauri French

    What a thinly veiled attempt to control what women do with their own bodies by our Republican “representatives” (and I use that term loosely). After reading this proposed bill, I feel like I have just been patted on the head and told not to worry my pretty little head about anything! Do they really think that women have not thought through their decision to have an abortion, that it’s something women do after waking up in the morning and thinking “oh, what should I do today? I know, I think I’ll go out and have an abortion”. Really?? What a load of patronizing, misogynistic bullshit!! Thanks for sharing and giving us a heads up!

    • Rui En Ke

      So naive. How many 15-year-old girls get an abortion because all they know is they’re pregnant, they don’t want to be pregnant and just don’t want to deal with a baby? They’re completely ignorant of exactly what it is that’s going on and they aren’t properly educated to make a truly informed decision. Why is it that you are against them knowing what exactly they are doing? Why do you condone ignorant termination of innocent fetuses?

  • Harold

    For every single transvaginal probe, there should be ten penil probes starting with the GOP idiots who are backing this nonsense. After all, if they want to “protect” women why shouldn’t me be “protected” also!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1189507928 Michele Wrenn

    These politicians need anal probes to prove they are complete a$sh0les

  • CindyC

    This is rape pure and simple. And the Repubs wonder why trust in government is at an historic low. Duh!

  • http://www.facebook.com/babrahamse Ben Abrahamse

    So let me get this straight: According to the GOP, the state can’t regulate guns but it can regulate vaginas. Good to know.

  • kirke123

    these boys are rfeal fools! time fcor a dem sweep in 2014. keep it up boys!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1742824705 Tom Tatum

    “Legitimate Rape” by a proxy instrument! I suggest that the LEGISLATORS should have the probe forced into them from the posterior side, for scientific purposes, since the world has never seen such AHOLES before!

  • http://www.osborneink.com OsborneInk

    Check Michigan statutes for “sexual torture.” When I researched Alabama’s forced ultrasound bill last year (thankfully dead in committee), it actually fit the definition.

    • http://eclectablog.com Eclectablog

      I’ll do that. ::waves at Matt::

  • Georgina

    Might be time for women to pay Lansing a visit.

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  • westayawake

    does anyone know how this is being paid for? insurance coverage?

  • http://twitter.com/SpeakerBolger House Speaker Bolger

    NEWS – Speaker Bolger says House will not approve legislation mandating transvaginal ultrasounds: ow.ly/hweFx ^aba

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  • Elaxra

    It’s time to invade the privacy of these lawmakers by interviewing their family members!!

  • therealmcteag.com

    sad that a life making uterus is more regulated than a life taking gun

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