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Saturday, May 03, 2008

“Limited Government” — Oklahoma-Style

Every time you think those knuckledragging fetus-worshippers couldn’t possibly sink any lower, they do. You probably thought they were already as vicious and ruthless as anyone could get, but now they’ve come up with a new jugular tactic.

The Oklahoma state legislature has passed a new anti-abortion law, over the governor’s veto. With this new law (Senate Bill 1878), Oklahoma legislators have pretty much transformed themselves into doctors. They don’t have medical licenses or anything like that, but that won’t stop them from “treating” those evil witches who want to terminate that sacred God-given life blossoming inside them.

Every woman who wants an abortion is now required to undergo an ultrasound exam first. Back in the old days — when medicine was practiced by doctors instead of legislators — a DOCTOR would decide which type of ultrasound to perform: abdominal or vaginal. But now, this decision will be made by the Spanish Inquisition Oklahoma legislature. Whichever type of ultrasound gives the clearest image of the fetus is the type that WILL be performed. Period. This decision will no longer be made by the doctor or the patient.

Any doctor who performs an abortion without first performing an ultrasound exam is facing a fine of up to $100,000 and possible loss of his/her physician’s license.

$100,000 fine — now let’s have a little Oklahoma perspective here: The state’s highest fine for Driving Under the Influence is $1,000. Doesn’t this seem just a little bit out of proportion?

Actually no. After all, drunk drivers only kill people who have already been born. And as all snakehandling mouthbreathers know, human life is sacred from the point of conception until the moment of birth.

Those Oklahoma douchebags need to be prosecuted for practicing medicine without a license.

cross-posted at Bring It On!

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Blogger J. Marquis said...

I wish that frickin' state would just dry and blow away.

May 3, 2008 at 2:07 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

J: Actually, I've been through Oklahoma a few times and found the people very friendly. But the things we read about that state -- jeez. Maybe all the state's assholes are in the legislature.

May 3, 2008 at 2:45 PM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

This is a complete and utter intrusion into private decisions by a government.
Now if they could only require that those who vote for war be obligated to send family members off the die in them, the world might see a little peace.

May 3, 2008 at 9:02 PM  
Blogger rockync said...

And what exactly is the purpose of the ultrasound? To batter the already beaten down woman who probably has many reasons for deciding to terminate her pregnancy; all of which are nobody else's business but her own. What ever happened to that fairytale about America being founded by those wishing to escape puritanical religious persecution? What will Oklahoma put into law next? Perhaps all these women will have to wear a scarlet letter? I imagine the abortion rates in neighboring states will be going up significantly.

May 3, 2008 at 10:56 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Lew: And maybe an intrusive medical exam for legislators who keep voting for war funding. And if they vote to require an ultrasound, they should first be required to undergo a bladder X-Ray with a cystoscope so they'll see what they're forcing on other people.

Rockync: Yup, I think that's pretty much the purpose. Those wicked infidels haven't suffered enough so they need to be beaten down some more. America being founded for religious freedom? Nah; they just wanted the freedom to be oppressive in their own way.

I'm sure one of these red states will be coming up with a scarlet letter law any day now.

May 3, 2008 at 11:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A few years (about 2 yrs) back in my feminist class in college, I argued that with the stroke of a pen, women's rights (Roe v. Wade, Title IV) will be taken away. We are in the beginning stages of that being done. It is truly a sad day in America when right-wing fantasies become reality.


May 4, 2008 at 1:54 PM  
Anonymous JollyRoger said...

I see a very good possibility that this country will not be together for much longer, and it saddens me-right up till reading something like this. Then, I wonder how bad breaking this country up would really be. It is for sure I'll never live anywhere near Jesusistan, so I might actually be pleased by a breakup.

May 4, 2008 at 2:29 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jo: Some of these rightwing fantasies are downright scary. There's always a chance that Oklahoma voters will get a ballot initiative and vote to overturn this law. It happened in South Dakota, so maybe Oklahoma too. One can hope anyway.

JR: Yup, as sad as it is, maybe we need some balkanization here in the USA. The Albanians in Kosovo are certainly glad to be separated from Serbia. Maybe these Jesus Camp types should just splinter off and form their own twisted paradise somewhere.

May 4, 2008 at 3:05 PM  
Anonymous Kvatch said...

Those Oklahoma douchebags need to be prosecuted for practicing medicine without a license.

I love how legislatures refuse to interfere in the 'free-market economy' claiming lack of expertise and citing the belief that businesses know best how to regulate themselves. But...when it comes to the medical profession, well then, that's a different ball-o-wax entirely.

May 5, 2008 at 7:08 AM  
Blogger Miss Kitty said...

Hell yeah, Tom. Oklahoma is *not* OK. I'm with J. Marquis--except maybe we could send all the mouth-breathing knuckledragging fetus-worshippers to Oklahoma, and then set the state on fire. Or at least fence them in so they can't get out. And Okla. will be known as Jesusland. And God will see that is was good.

May 5, 2008 at 8:14 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

I think Rockync is right on with how some of these slackjaws would probably like the Scarlet Letter idea. They would probably like to publish lists of women who have had abortions, like we already have published lists of sex offenders. Having an abortion is a miserable enough thing for a woman to go through, why not make it even worse? Heck, better yet, they probably want to just make it impossible to get a legal abortion, and if someone does get one or assists in one, the cretins would probably want to give them life in prison for murder! I just don't understand where the nutbags get those sorts of ideas. Those are the kinds of thing they would like to see. They are so partriarchal and punitive it makes me want to vomit.

It's kind of like the movie "They Live"... They walk among us. Maybe if we had special glasses to wear to reveal their hidden identities, we could at least more easily avoid them.

May 5, 2008 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Kvatch: Yup, pretty ironic. When it comes to trillion-dollar corporations whose actions affect all of us, it's hands-off, "they need maximum flexibility," "let's just trust them to do the right thing," etc. But if a woman wants to end a pregnancy, suddenly it's "send in the Cavalry!"

Miss Kitty: Good idea -- a place to herd all the Salem Witch Hunters and fence them in. An "Israel" for Biblethumpers.

Snave: No doubt, that scarlet letter idea would appeal to that sick twisted element of our country. Maybe instead the Biblethumpers should have to wear a big scarlet B on their foreheads.

"They Live" -- LOL. I saw that on TV a few years ago; it was from the '80s I'm pretty sure.

May 5, 2008 at 10:49 AM  
Blogger Mile High Pixie said...

Any word on requiring MRIs for the legislature of Oklahoma to make sure they have brains?

May 5, 2008 at 6:55 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Mile High Pixie: No, they'd never submit to that. The results would be too embarrassing.

May 5, 2008 at 8:18 PM  
Blogger Mauigirl said...

Sometimes I wonder whether I live in the same country as some of these states. Thank god I live in New Jersey.

Ironically, this type of legislation will just drive medical costs up - since most women, I'm sure, don't have an ultrasound before an abortion, and now they will have to have one. To say nothing of the burden this will place on abortion clinics, to require more ultrasound equipment for no good reason whatsoever.

May 6, 2008 at 2:11 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Mauigirl: That's true, some people's total outlook and sense of values are so different, you have to wonder if they're on the same planet, let alone the same country.

And yes, this undoubtedly will drive up medical costs. At "Bring It On!" where I crosspost everything, one commenter pointed out the irony: the people who complain about medical malpractice lawsuits driving up medical costs are probably the same wingnuts who would love to threaten doctors with a $100,000 fine if they perform an abortion without first doing an ultrasound (or performing the "wrong" type of ultrasound). If that won't drive up medical costs, I don't know what will.

May 6, 2008 at 3:27 PM  

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