In general, I’m a live and let live kind of gal when it comes to funky things that turn people on. If you want to only have sex with one man, ever, in your whole life and you want that sex to take place within the confines of marriage, full speed ahead and good luck to you. You sit alone at your computer furiously masturbating to stories about bad, slutty girls who want abortions and are punished by kindly abortion doctors who are being forced by someone powerful (with whom you identify) to insert things into the bad girl’s vagina just for your satisfaction, which is not sexual, oh, no no no, just don’t tell me about it, is all I ask.
Like, say, for instance, the Oklahoma Legislature, which now requires doctors who are performing abortions to stick what is basically a dildo into women’s vaginas, not for any medical purpose, but just because Oklahoma wants women to be clear that we might think we can say what goes into our vaginas, but we are wrong.
This is vile. It’s so vile it’s almost hard to get your head around, but let me spell it out for you again. If you want an abortion in Oklahoma before 12 weeks, which is when most abortions take place, along with all the medical stuff that you have to go through, you have to have something shoved in your vagina for no other reason than that the state demands it. No exceptions, no mercy, even, for women who are the victims of rape or incest, who probably don’t need one more thing shoved inside them without their concent.
This, my friends, is why I cannot see how to compromise with the anti-abortion crowd. For every one person who believes that abortion is wrong, but is moved to mercy and understanding for what brings a woman to that decision, and who is working to ease the pressures and burdens that make aborting a pregnancy look like a woman’s best option, there are whole legislatures full of sadists like this who feel so righteous in their cause that they’re willing to do this to women in order to try to convince women not to have abortions.
If a woman’s boyfriend or husband said “If you want an abortion, you have to let me put my dick or my finger or this dildo inside you first, until I’m satisfied you understand what you’re doing,” we would have no problem–I don’t believe there’s a person reading this who can’t understand how wrong that would be–no problem at all calling that the evil it is, regardless of what you believe about abortion.
And yet, when a state does it, folks applaud it. Let me be frank. If you think that forcing things into a woman’s vagina is okay in the service of the greater good (in this case “the babies”), you have lost your way morally.
Really, you have.
And it may be time for you to take a step back and ask yourself just where the hell you got off track. I mean, seriously, that the National Right to Life people can put out a press release with this in it–
Today, the Oklahoma House of Representatives and Senate overrode Governor Brad Henry’s veto of SB 1878. Among other things, the bill requires that at least one hour prior to an abortion, an abortionist perform an ultrasound and display the image of the unborn child so that the mother can view it if she chooses.
–when they know what that entails…
What do you even say in response to that?
Yes, they want everyone to think they’re just talking about the doctor slathering a woman’s stomach and rubbing on it a little, but they know, they know that, in order to get an image of a fetus under twelve weeks, you almost always have to go into the vagina to get it.
But they gloss that right over, don’t they? Sure, they’re all about “making sure women know the truth about abortion” but they sure are happy enough to let folks just assume we’re talking about the kind of ultrasound we all imagine when someone says “ultrasound.”
Because they have to know that there are a lot of women out there who might consider themselves anti-abortion who would still be outraged to learn that a woman has to endure a state-mandated violation before she can get one.