The Senate made their annual vote yesterday on the Fetal Seance Bill, this year’s episode centers on SB 103 which makes it criminal for doctors not to force women to closely inspect an ultrasound of the inside of their own body before having an abortion.
The thinking behind this bill is pretty simple: Women are really stupid. Like really, really stupid. So because women are so g-ddamned stupid, they don’t understand anything about their bodies. That’s what this bill is all about, and that’s what 32 Senators voted to affirm.
That’s not to say these 32 misogynistic Senators don’t have hearts. They surely do!
The Fetal Seance Bill forces doctors (why is government getting between citizens and their doctors?) to “display the ultrasound images” so that the stupid woman can see it.
But the bill does not force the woman to look at the ultrasound. That stupid woman is granted the power to avert her eyes as the doctor is forced by state law to describe the images in great depth so that the stupid woman with the averted eyes is forced to picture the image in her mind. Because women are really stupid and they haven’t already fully considered the choice they have made with their own bodies before going to see this doctor.
Women are also so stupid that they need some stranger with cold hands in a lab coat to explain what they are doing because women are so stupid they just don’t understand, they can’t comprehend it. It’s not their fault… women are just made that way.
And the best part of this bill — the proof that the Senators who voted for this bill are actually decent people and not totally insane? — comes at the very end:
Neither the physician nor pregnant woman shall be subject to any penalty if the pregnant woman refuses to look at the presented ultrasound images.
How decent of them.
But what if she plugs her ears and goes “LALALALALALALALA” really loudly? Can we put her in jail then?
Here’s the vote:
Those four senators don’t believe women are basically incompetent versions of regular human beings.
Dorsey Ridley on the other hand.
Dorsey Ridley, the good senator from the great county of Henderson, voted “Yea,” lending his voice — yet again — to the worldview that believes it is better to torture a woman than trust her to make up her own mind.
Dorsey Ridley does still, as of this moment, represent Henderson and perhaps his vote accurately reflects his constituents. But Dorsey Ridley is the senator Damon Thayer (and Williams, Stumbo and Beshear) are trying to ram down Fayette County’s throats under the redistricting map. Currently the map that makes Ridley the Senator for Fayette County and expels Kathy Stein from office has been ruled unconstitutional. But if that changes, if the disenfranchisement bill wins out and Ridley somehow becomes the representative of downtown Lexington, where women are treated as respected members of the community not total morons, then good ol’ Dorsey’s gonna need to change his tune.