Oklahoma Abortion Decision Aftermath.

by Risa Green

 

If you are a woman who lives in the state of Oklahoma, then I send my condolences. I am deeply sorry for your loss. It’s not an easy thing, to have something so important taken away from you so suddenly, and without warning. I hope you can find some comfort in your memories. I hope you at least had an opportunity to say goodbye.

 

In case you’re not up to date on the news lately, my sympathy note has nothing to do with anyone who died. Rather, I send my condolences to those who are mourning the loss of their Constitutional rights. Because in Oklahoma last week, the state senate passed a bill that, in my opinion, completely took them away. First, it requires any woman who is considering an abortion to undergo an ultrasound, during which the ultrasound technician is required to make you look at the screen, as well as to point out to you all of the characteristics of the fetus. So imagine that you’re a twenty-five year old woman who has decided, for whatever reason, to have an abortion. Maybe you’re too poor to care for a baby. Maybe you’re addicted to drugs. Maybe you’ve been raped. Maybe you’ve been raped by your father. Doesn’t matter. You’re going to have to be put through a forced ultrasound, because, you know, you’re just a stupid woman, and you clearly aren’t capable of understanding your choice without the use of visual aids.

 

But that’s not even the bad part. No, the bad part – the unconscionable part – is the second part of the bill, which allows your doctor to withhold information about your baby if your doctor thinks that the information might cause you to seek an abortion. And you can’t sue him for it. Let me just repeat that. Your doctor, who you pay, can withhold information about your baby, if he or she thinks that the information might cause you to seek an abortion. I think we all just need to pause for a minute and let that sink in. [Pause.]

emmabradsmom
06.10.10

I am shocked by what I just read, I thought we had come further than this. I am proud to say I agree with you 100%!

gemdeluxe
05.13.10

I’m looking forward to the Supreme Court challenge too! I also hope that President Obama chooses our next Supreme Court Justice wisely!

Jennypooh
05.12.10

As a citizen of the State of Oklahoma and the United States I personally agree with you Risa! It's a travesty that our government, many of whom are fighting against healthcare reform in our country would render themselves hypocrites by passing this bill. They claim not to want government to have control over our healthcare, yet this bill does exactly that! I am outraged that as a women my rights are at the hands of someone who doesn't know me or my circumstances. That being said I am the mother of two beautiful children and abortion has not been a choice I have ever had to consider. However, if I ever had to grapple with that decision it would be between me and God, not my government! I don't judge those who have had to make that decision and don't believe anyone else should either. We each have to live with the decisions we make and only ONE person gets to judge those decisions. It's easy for those who never have had to deal with this situation to voice their opinion on those who have. Before we judge one another, lets walk a mile in their shoes.

Sydtaki
05.12.10

If only everyone would remember that the debate is over the LEGAL ability to receive an abortion. The termination of pregnancies have occured at any term possible since time imemmemorial. It is only since the ability to receive one within the relative safety of a legaly protected medical environment that the probability of the female's survival became great enough to render this situation into common knowledge. During the depression, countless women and girls lost their lives to illegal abortions as a result of the depravations of poverty and crime. Would that every survivor of rape unfortunate enough to become inseminated by their attacker be granted the ability to remove the permanent evidence rendered in human flesh of that crime. Should that be taken from them only because the current doctrine regarding the point at which the fetus receives its humanity? It is not a simple decision arrived at lightly. Let us not judge too quickly.

Rphunzel
05.11.10

My sister in law was advised to have an abortion by not one doctor, but several, and this was at a leading women's hospital on the East Coast. She was told her baby had 1 kidney only, and it was deformed and would never be able to work. Sister in law would not consent for an abortion, and months later gave birth to a healthy baby girl with TWO fully functional kidneys.

Technology is not God, and neither are we.

As a part of the medical community myself (pharmacist), I have formed my conclusions about abortion based on solid scientific biologic evidence. Baby whales and spotted owls have more protection in this world than an unborn human. Remember, blacks used to be treated as "non humans" and it was WRONG WRONG WRONG. Why are unborn children not treated as humans?

tbantau
05.11.10

Well spoken! Perfect wording, agree 100%!

tbantau
05.11.10

I agree with pbofushere9 100%! You chose your words perfectly!

the23rdelf
05.07.10

Risa, thanks for having the courage to put your opinion out there. I completely agree with everything you said. That Oklahoma would do this is ridiculous!

the23rdelf
05.07.10

Risa, thanks for having the courage to put your opinion out there. I completely agree with everything you said. That Oklahoma would do this is ridiculous!

pbofushere9
05.06.10

My constitutional rights do not give me the right to harm, much less kill, another human being. If that human being is totally helpless, then I certainly do not have the right to harm. When a woman is pregnant she should do all that is within her power to protect that sweet helpless child. If I were to kick my dog I'd be in trouble (and I should be), however, I should have the "right" to kill my unborn child? God have mercy on us, more than some have on our children.