Thursday, April 3, 2008

Abortions and Ultrasounds: The Florida House Has Lost Its Mind

According to the Sun-Sentinal, the Florida House has passed a bill that would require all women seeking an abortion to first get an ultrasound:
TALLAHASSEE - The Florida House on Wednesday mounted what critics called a two-pronged assault on abortion rights, passing legislation that would require pregnant women to undergo ultrasound exams before getting abortions and effectively defining life at conception for criminal prosecutions.

Any woman seeking to terminate a pregnancy would be required to pay for an ultrasound procedure — and view the results unless she signed a waiver — before having the abortion, under a bill passed by the House largely along party lines.
Now there is only one stupid reason I can come up with to justify the government's interference in what should be a private decision. It's this: "Hey, if you're thinking about getting an abortion, lady, you obviously must not know what you're doing. You must not realize that's a LIFE in there! If we force you to take a look, you'll realize what a colossal mistake you're making and you won't have the procedure. Or, if you do, you'll have to deal with guilt the rest of your days."

What's offensive about this "rationale" is that it assumes women seeking abortions have no clue about what they're doing. It assumes they haven't actually struggled already with the decision. Once again, the Republicans feel like they have to make up women's minds for them, because, you know, we don't have enough sense to think through matters for ourselves ... especially matters involving our own bodies.

Let's hope the Florida Senate has better sense.

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