Friday, October 31, 2008

Pro-life...or Pro-punishment

Created by: Jillian

In an October 22nd post in Slate, Emily Bazelon shed light on a new law, planned to go into effect on November 1.

"Oklahoma's new statute dictates that either the doctor performing the abortion or a "certified technician working in conjunction" with that doctor do the ultrasound, "provide a simultaneous explanation of what the ultrasound is depicting," and also "display the ultrasound images so that the pregnant woman may view them." The law goes so far as to specify the doctor's script: The physician must describe the heartbeat and the presence of internal organs, fingers, and toes. The patient then has to certify in writing that the doctor or technician duly did all of this before the abortion. She can avert her eyes from the screen, the statute allows."

How in the world is that a "pro-life" position??

For some women (not all) that might be one of the most cruel experiences of their life. I just can't, for the life of me, understand a "movement" that preaches the sanctity of life one minute and then the next minute inflicts such pain on a living human being.

I hope that in the next four years, the anti-choice movement will decide to stop pushing laws that seek to punish women and start working on bills that seek to help them.

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