Is there such a thing as “State Sanctioned Rape?”
How would reasonable people view a practice where a woman is being examined in connection with a pregnancy termination and an attending physician with strong anti-abortion views decides to perform what is known as a “Transvaginal Ultrasound” as part of the procedure?
This procedure is reported to involve the insertion of a medical instrument into the private reproductive parts of the patient and moving it repeatedly around in order to get a desired reading or view.
If the state where this procedure is being performed has passed one of the controversial “Mandatory Ultrasound” bills that are being discussed all over the country right now, the woman being thus examined would reportedly have absolutely no say in the matter and no right to object at all. That is the way it has been explained to this writer and I assume that is where some opponents of this course of action have come up with the idea that this constitutes some form of “Rape.”
I hear some horror stories that claim that where these laws are in effect, the attending physician is required by the law to display the ultrasound images to the patient before proceeding with the procedure and at the same time is required to give a running verbal commentary on everything that is happening.
I will assume that all this conversation would be carried out in the most graphically descriptive manner possible and that none of this would be at all pleasant for some patients undergoing this kind of treatment.
As if this kind of stuff isn’t bad enough (In my opinion anyway) I also hear that the patient must pay for all this attention and “Care” out of her own pocket and that some experts are saying this medical procedure is completely unnecessary and that it is probably a ploy of some Far Right Wing Religious nuts in the affected state governments to take away a woman’s right to choose what she wants to do with her own body.
According to the information I have been reading about all this, the woman has no choice but to submit to the procedure and there is no opting out. I hear that even victims of rape are required to undergo this treatment.
These kinds of laws have been called “Republican efforts to legislate a woman’s most private parts.”
I am shocked by all this as I am sure that many others are as well.
I cannot believe that anyone who ever claimed to be a proponent of “Christian” Family and Moral Values could ever come up with Laws like these. I personally consider such Laws to be absolutely absurd and when I read about them, I start to question just what might have happened to this Land of Liberty that I love so much.
I can only imagine the intensity of the humiliation and shame that some women who are subjected to this kind of thing must feel. I think this kind of legislation is draconian, Big Brother-ish and Third-Worldish. I think this kind of requirement is both Unchristian and Unamerican. It may be legal as all get out but I see it as totally immoral and inexcusable. That is my opinion about it and I must say that whoever would dream something like this up is disgusting.
My question now is, “When will American Women wake up and see what some of these Far Right Wing Radical Religious nut cases with agendas are up to and when will their resultant rage over these insults finally find resolution at the voting booth?
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Posted by John Liming as his personal political opinion.
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