Women would be forced to have invasive, medically unnecessary transvaginal ultrasounds two hours before having an abortion if Republicans in Michigan get their way. A male Republican in Michigan’s state House of Representatives introduced a bill earlier this week similar to the one Virginia eventually backed-off of last year after public outcry. Keep reading »
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Michigan Republicans Think Women Should Be Forced To Have Invasive, Medically Unnecessary Transvaginal Ultrasounds Before An Abortion
No, that’s not the world’s creepiest ice cube — it’s “Shape Of An Angel,” a 3D ultrasound. An MRI scans your fetus and a tiny replica is printed out in a 3D printer, hovering midair in clear resin and encased in a jewelry box. (Because why not display your 3D fetus to guests inside a jewelry box?) Oh, and the whole thing will set you back $1,230.
Growing life is beautiful, yes, but a tiny plastic fetal token strikes me as raising the fetus to the level of fetish object. I hope this doesn’t take off, because looking at ultrasounds just got that much more uncomfortable! [Geekosystem]
I usually try really, really hard to not be judge-y of the choices pregnant women and parents make. Planning on giving birth on your couch? God speed (though I will probably choose to sit elsewhere the next time I come over). Want to breastfeed your 4-year-old? In public? Have at it! Let your toddlers run around like little hellraisers while I’m trying to have a romantic dinner with my date? I’ll probably smile at them and tell you they’re cute. However, I draw the line at two things. 1) I cannot abide parents who practice an extreme version of “elimination communication” if it includes allowing their two-year-old to take a dump on a portable toilet in a public space that I am currently inhabiting. (Read more about that here.) And 2) I simply cannot give the thumbs up to poorly Photoshopping sonogram photos of your fetus in utero onto your bare pregnant belly. It looks creepy! (I felt similarly about the late-’80s trend of live action-meets-cartoon movies.) And as far as “art” goes, it seems a little literal, no? Unfortunately for me, this is apparently a trend so I’m expecting it to show up on my Facebook feed any day now. Sigh. [The Daily] [Photo: Miss Cherie Photography]
- Pennsylvania’s state House of Representatives will soon introduce an anti-abortion bill that requires a woman seeking an abortion have an ultrasound 24 hours before the procedure. The doctor is required to position the screen of the ultrasound test facing the woman, although the woman is not required by law to look at it. She will also be required to received two prints of the ultrasound image, although she is not required to open them. The bill is called the Woman’s Right To Know Act and claims to give pregnant women “full information” about terminating a pregnancy. But instead, ultrasound bills like this one heap an additional expense upon women with unplanned pregnancies and provide a hindrance to seeking an abortion. [Reproductive Health Reality Check] Keep reading »
Anti-abortion activists will bring their “Voices from the Womb” project to Capital Hill on October 13 when they perform ultrasounds on expectant mothers to “introduce” congressional employees to fetuses at 12 weeks and 18 weeks. Their hope is that politicians will “hear the beating heart” and “clearly see their fingers and toes,” which will make all “pro-choice politics and arguments melt away,” according to the group’s leader, Brandi Swindell. Congress and the public are all invited to see the public ultrasounds, after which the project will begin touring at schools, churches and public hearings around the country. Keep reading »
The “Woman’s Right to Know Act” sounds so innocuous, doesn’t it? Of course women have a right to know! Alas, when it comes to restricting abortion access, it’s never innocuous.
The “Woman’s Right to Know Act,” passed by a Florida House subcommittee on Tuesday, would require women to view an ultrasound of her fetus before an abortion, or sign paperwork saying she had been offered the ultrasound but refused to see it. Rape and incest victims would have to provide proof that a crime had been committed against them if they wanted to opt out. Because, you know, making some poor teen girl prove she was impregnanted by her father is so compassionate and all. Keep reading »
Texas, you are rivaling South Dakota in anti-abortion suckitude: the state’s House of Representatives approved anti-abortion legislation that many would call downright cruel. A woman who is a victim of rape or incest, or one whose much-desired fetus has dangerous fetal abnormalities, would be required to get an ultrasound and listen to a description of the fetus and then wait 24 hours before an abortion. But don’t worry, ladies. These kind politicians agreed that you can look away or put on headphones during this rigamarole so you don’t have to hear a fetal heartbeat. A doctor who doesn’t perform a sonogram before giving a woman an abortion could lose his or her license.
Disgusting. Keep reading »
- Texas’ state senate passed a bill last night which requires a woman seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound and be read a physical description of the fetus’ current development. Women would not be required to look at the sonogram or listen to the heartbeat and there is an exception made for women or girls impregnated by rape or incest. Governor Rick Perry wholeheartedly supports the bill. [Reuters]
- Not content to let Rep. Michele Bachmann hog all the attention, Sarah Palin is weighing in on Michelle Obama’s public push for moms to breastfeed. [The Root]
- 911 dispatcher Angela Sherrod of Louisville coached new dad, Mohamed Bojang, on how to deliver his wife’s baby. In her 20 years on the job, Angela had never helped deliver a baby over the phone before. Both mom and baby, Khadija Bojang, are doing well. Great job, everyone! [The Grio]
- Texas Governor Rick Perry wants to fast-track a bill requiring women seeking abortions to have a sonogram taken of the fetus, hear a doctor’s description of its development, and listen to its heartbeat. Perry extolled the bill while speaking at an anti-abortion rally on the 38th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. [Yahoo News]
- A committee in Iowa’s House of Representatives advanced a bill that would repeal same-sex marriage in the state and ban recognition of same-sex marriages from other states. [Advocate]
- Last week, Surgeon General Regina Benjamin put out a “call to arms” in support of breastfeeding. We’re all about using boobies to feed babies! (Thanks to commenter earnold14 for the link!) [SurgeonGeneral.gov]
- Be careful, pro-choice, ladies: you could be aborting the next son of God! [USA Today]
- A source claims Google gave a $6 million bonus to a female engineer who was simultaneously being wooed by Facebook and Google reportedly wanted to diversify the dude-liness of their team. [Gawker]
- If you haven’t watched this video of a woman who screamed at a subway creeper (put your headphones on at work, kids), you must do so right this second. [Feministing]
- Canada’s has debuted a new campaign warning dudes that a drunk girl can’t consent to sex. [Vancouver Sun]