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.]