Thursday, April 29, 2010

Smaller Government My Ass. The Sequel.

The other day I bitched about how how conservatives claim to support smaller government, but they don’t actually believe in the principles of smaller government (Patriot Act anyone?). Well, I would now like to thank Oklahoma for further proving my point.

From The New York Times:
The Oklahoma Legislature voted Tuesday to override the governor’s vetoes of two abortion measures, one of which requires women to undergo an ultrasound and listen to a detailed description of the fetus before getting an abortion.

Though other states have passed similar measures requiring women to have ultrasounds, Oklahoma’s law goes further, mandating that a doctor or technician set up the monitor so the woman can see it and describe the heart, limbs and organs of the fetus. No exceptions are made for rape and incest victims.

A second measure passed into law on Tuesday prevents women who have had a disabled baby from suing a doctor for withholding information about birth defects while the child was in the womb.
This article also leaves out the fact that the ultrasound has to be vaginally administered if a regular goo-on-your-belly image isn't clear enough (picture of vaginal ultrasound wand here).

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While I find the fact women will have no choice in the ultrasound matter deeply troubling, I simply cannot believe that doctors will now be able to withhold information about birth defects. I mean, what is the fucking point of having a doctor if they can tell you whatever the hell they feel like?

Where are all those tea-party protesters now?

Rep. Michele Bachmann:
That's why people need to continue to go to the town halls, continue to melt the phone lines of their liberal members of Congress," said Bachmann, "and let them know, under no certain circumstances will I give the government control over my body and my health care decisions.
Oh that's right. They really don't give a shit about the size of government. They just don't want those "other" people getting "any handouts." And by "handouts" I mean treated with any fucking dignity.


  1. What's the point of preventing lawsuits? What's that accomplishing? Who even thought that was a good idea in the first place?

    Frivolous lawsuits, is what should have laws about. But suing a doctor for a fucking reason, what's up with that?

  2. It's because they don't want to risk the chance that a woman may not want to have a baby with birth defects. So instead of trusting women to make the right decision for them and their familes, doctors can now just withhold information. It's crazy.


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