A couple of years ago, the Texas Republicans tried to force women who want to have abortions to undergo the invasive and painful procedure of transvaginal ultrasound. Now Michigan Republicans are getting in on the act:
Michigan Republicans have introduced a bill requiring all women to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound before obtaining an abortion, a move that rekindles last year’s firestorm when other GOP-led states were considering similar measures.
The legislation introduced Tuesday in the state House ensures the “performance of a diagnostic ultrasound examination of the fetus at least two hours before an abortion is performed” and requires her to sign a consent form prior to the abortion. The bill was introduced by state Rep. Joel Johnson (R) and cosponsored by 22 fellow lawmakers.
Johnson was not available for comment Wednesday, but his legislative aide, Ben Frederick, confirmed to TPM that, while the legislation does not specifically mention transvaginal ultrasounds, the bill aims to require women to undergo an ultrasound prior to receiving an abortion.
This is nothing less than state-mandated torture:
Imagine if you’re one of those awful people who believes in the 24 fantasy of effective torture. If you had a female prisoner, why wouldn’t you use this device? After all, it doesn’t leave long-term lasting damage–the Rumsfeld criterion. If it did, it wouldn’t be used in medicine. But, as one woman who has undergone the procedure notes, it is not pleasant:
I was being examined because there were indications that I might have cancer.
The technician was thoroughly respectful and did everything to make the process as free as stress and discomfort as possible.
Even under those circumstances it was uncomfortable.
It was, however, not demeaning or threatening because it was my choice. And I was told at every stage of the process that I had the right to cancel it.
I cannot imagine the horror of being forced to go through that procedure without a choice. Imagine, for example, a rape victim being forced to lie on her back and have someone put that probe into her.
This is nightmare fuel.
Though I suppose it’s better than an old fashioned belt buckle whipping.
We have one of the two major parties in complete thrall to fanatics who believe that intimidating women through government-mandaged vaginal penetration, discomfort and pain is an acceptable means of convincing women to not have abortions. How this is markedly different than a torture regime is unclear, except that it only targets women.
It just never stops with these assholes.