Kentucky Republicans Losing the War on Women; Fetal Seance Bill doesn’t go far enough in goal of torturing women

March 20, 2012
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The Kentucky State Senate last month passed a bill that would require doctors to force women seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound.

If the woman refuses to look at the forcible ultrasound, the doctor would be required to explain the image at length and in detail.

It is unclear what happens if the woman both averts her eyes and plugs up her ears and screams. Hopefully both doctor and patient will be imprisoned for a very long time.

The bill, SB 103, was received in the House on February 15th. On the 21st it was assigned to the Health and Welfare Committee on How Best to Torture Women (CONTACT INFO).

On March 14th, it was posted to committee. There are 9 days left in the session. According to the schedule (PDF) the H&W Committee meets every Thursday at Noon.

The same basic bill was passed by the Senate last year and then defeated narrowly in the same Committee.

Kentucky’s proposed law is not isolated. As part of its general platform, the Republican Party is unfurling across the nation a slew of bills aimed at treating women like the sluts they are, too stupid to make their own decisions, too weak to control their own bodies.

As the Sunlight Foundation and the Guttmacher Institute note, The GOP’s War on Women has given us similar bills and laws across the United States:

Source: Sunlight Foundation; Guttmacher Institute

The bill Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell signed Wednesday requiring women in his state to undergo ultrasound screening before they can proceed with an abortion represents the latest victory for anti-abortion activists pushing to get similar legislation enacted nationwide.

Seven states already have laws on the books requiring pre-abortion ultrasound screening, according to Elizabeth Nash, state issues manager for the Guttmacher Institute, an abortion rights group that focuses on reproductive health policy. At least 18 more states are considering similar bills.

Above is a map showing states that either have or are considering ultrasound legislation, including states that have legislation but are considering further changes. Light purple states are those that have already enacted legislation; medium purple are states where legislation is under consideration. Dark purple states have laws on the books but are considering changes.
 

Guttmacher and Sunlight ran bills from 13 states, including Kentucky’s SB103, through a textual analysis, finding strong similarities.

In some cases an entire passage was replicated across bills with exception of one word, such as the use of “that” instead of “which,” causing the technology to overlook those instances and not count them as matches.

The bills largely matched a “model bill” written by a far Right Wing, Anti-Woman lobby group — meaning state legislators were too damn lazy to write their own woman-hating bills. (Sorry to shock you with news that mysoginstic dudes across the country are a lazy bunch of round-heeled, tax dollar guzzling whores.)

The bills — all varying degrees of awful, starting at totally awful and going up to reprehensibly awful — aren’t the only Republican Platform-pushed “War on Women” legislation going on in these blessed United States.

In Georgia:

In today’s news about more men who want to control women’s bodies, Georgia’s state representative, Terry England, wants to force us to carry stillborn fetuses to term–just like cows and pigs do, he says. Because, you know, women are just like barnyard animals.

England was speaking on the floor of the Georgia legislature in favor of HB 954, a bill which makes it illegal to obtain an abortion after 20 weeks, which is fine for him to take that stance and many people would even agree with that. However, he was pushing for that law to also apply to women who are carrying a stillborn fetus or one that is likely to die before it reaches term, making it illegal for women to have the dead fetus removed until their bodies do so naturally.

Rep. England went on to compare women to cows and swine:

Life gives us many experiences…I’ve had the experience of delivering calves, dead and alive. Delivering pigs, dead or alive. It breaks our hearts to see those animals not make it.

In Tennessee, legislators haven’t gotten around to forcing women to deliver dead babies (yet) but they are working on a law that would expose the identities of women seeking abortions and the doctors who provide them:

Tennessee lawmakers will consider a controversial measure on Wednesdaythat could intimidate women seeking abortions by requiring that the names of doctors who perform the procedures be published online. The legislation, known as the Life Defense Act of 2012 or House Bill 3808, would restrict access to the procedure in to ways:

The first would require doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital near where they perform abortions, while the second would require the Department of Health to release more information on abortions, including the name of the doctor who performed the procedure and demographics about the women who receive them.

And in Oklahoma, more of the awesome Republican Party’s woman-hating same:

A new Oklahoma law will require the details of every abortion to be posted on a public website. Proponents say this will prevent abortion — apparently by shaming and burdening women and doctors.

The law (which you can look at here — it’s HR 1595) mandates that a 34-item questionnaire be filled out by abortion providers for each procedure. The questionnaire doesn’t include the woman’s name or “any information specifically identifying the patient,” but it does ask for age, race, level of education, marital status, number of previous pregnancies, and the county in which the abortion was performed, information which opponents of the bill argue would be enough to identify a woman in a small town. The questionnaire also asks about the mother’s reason for the abortion, her method of payment, and even what type of insurance she has, as well as whether the fetus received anaesthetic and whether there was “an infant born alive as a result of the abortion.”

All of which leads us to two things:

1) Will Kentucky’s Health and Welfare committee terminate this ludicrous bill not even really written by a Kentuckian?

2) When are Kentucky Republicans going to get their act together and really start performing their jobs? They’re getting embarrassed by Republican legislators in other states. The Kentucky Republican Party is losing the War on Women. We are very disappointed in them. Step up your game! Hate women harder!

4 Responses to Kentucky Republicans Losing the War on Women; Fetal Seance Bill doesn’t go far enough in goal of torturing women

  1. Tom Stickler on March 20, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Is there a name to this “far Right Wing, Anti-Woman lobby group”?

    Would it be the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), largely funded by Koch Industries?

    Or is it the NRTLC, the National Right to Life Committee?

    Inquiring minds want to know!

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    • David M. F. Schankula on March 21, 2012 at 1:22 am

      well played. i chose, for reasons of brevity and publicity, to not mention them, but the group is “Americans United For Life” and yes, ALEC is involved… says Sunlight:

      Model legislation appeared on the country’s radar last year after the work of two left-wing organizations revealed the entire catalog of model bills curated by the conservative group American Legislative Exchange Counsel (ALEC). According to the AUL website, members of the anti-abortion organization attended the 2010 ALEC conference to network with state legislators and promote their model bills.

  2. Terri on March 21, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Great coverage as always, David.

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  3. Mary on March 23, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Its amazing to me that I continue to see Republican men and women go on TV and insist there is no war on women. Bill O’Reilly of Fox “News” just did a segment tonight on his show insisting there is no war on women. Either their head is in the sand or they think we are all stupid.

    Thank you Mr. Schankula for setting the record straight.

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