In the name of the Texas GOP, I thee rape

For some reason I really thought this would get more response than it has. Something about the image of a woman already heart broken by one of the most difficult choices she will ever have to make being forced to undergo an invasive ultra sound seems like it might disprove the rights unbelievably transparent insistence they are not basically abusing women over this issue. But it seems to have gone unnoticed. Perhaps because it was in comments, perhaps because there is nothing to say in their defense. But there it is.

I don’t want to have to do this at all,” I told her. “I’m doing this to prevent my baby’s suffering. I don’t want another sonogram when I’ve already had two today. I don’t want to hear a description of the life I’m about to end. Please,” I said, “I can’t take any more pain.” I confess that I don’t know why I said that. I knew it was fait accompli. The counselor could no more change the government requirement than I could. Yet here was a superfluous layer of torment piled upon an already horrific day, and I wanted this woman to know it.

Why is it that a collection of white religious males have the idea in their heads that this is an issue they need to define morally? Why is it that they have so little intelligence, empathy, and understanding that they have decided that these poor stupid women just can’t possibly be making a moral choice and so they have to be treated like children, and forced to “see what it os they are doing” as if they didn’t already. Do they honestly think that as a collection of men they know better the impact of the choice being made than the women who are actually carrying a potential life? Just how arrogant can people be?

“I’m so sorry that I have to do this,” the doctor told us, “but if I don’t, I can lose my license.” Before he could even start to describe our baby, I began to sob until I could barely breathe. Somewhere, a nurse cranked up the volume on a radio, allowing the inane pronouncements of a DJ to dull the doctor’s voice. Still, despite the noise, I heard him. His unwelcome words echoed off sterile walls while I, trapped on a bed, my feet in stirrups, twisted away from his voice.

“Here I see a well-developed diaphragm and here I see four healthy chambers of the heart…”

I closed my eyes and waited for it to end, as one waits for the car to stop rolling at the end of a terrible accident.

When the description was finally over, the doctor held up a script and said he was legally obliged to read me information provided by the state. It was about the health dangers of having an abortion, the risks of infection or hemorrhage, the potential for infertility and my increased chance of getting breast cancer.

…and to top off the ignorance, arrogance, and moralizing, they then legally force doctors to lie to the woman about long debunked breast cancer scares.

Lying to women, about their health, in order to really rub salt in the wounds over an already difficult choice. I would call the men doing this “bastards” but the word just doesn’t carry the weight I need for what is being done.

Many people have insisted this is not “war on women” and i think that they may be right. War can sometimes involve rules, treaties, and conventions. It can involve heroism and good causes. It might even sometimes be necessary.

This is not war. This is just pure evil.

  1. #1 by RK Fare on March 17, 2012 - 2:35 pm

    Who crys for the unborn child, it’s not just a lump of tissues, it’s an unborn child.
    The left always stands up for the children ” this is for our children” is a common quote.
    Evil is knowingly killing and unborn child so you wont be bothered with with it.
    It has become so common place a few have started pushing to be able to MURDER the baby after it has been born. And call it an “after bith abortion”
    Evil leads to even greater evil

  2. #2 by Nathan Erkkila on March 17, 2012 - 2:46 pm

    And yet the Right does not give 2 fucks about the child once it is born. They get no free healthcare, they execute them, they send them off to war to die, what is so pro-life about conservatives?

  3. #3 by brewski on March 17, 2012 - 4:04 pm

    So the litmus test for caring about children is that you must wish for a nanny-state?

  4. #4 by cav on March 17, 2012 - 4:33 pm

    Evil leads to even greater evil

    RK Fare

    I believe that barndoor’s been unhinged for a while now already, also, too.

    I mean we daily rain death on wedding parties and sleeping children practically world wide. You have to ask yourself where exactly, in the battle against evil you want to insert yourself. Perhaps sparing a few misshaped fetuses or rape babies from being born into this world would be something of a merciful act.

    Think about it.

  5. #5 by Nathan Erkkila on March 17, 2012 - 4:49 pm

    Brewski, children, especially infants are incapable of fending for theirselves and if their own parents cannot help them with medical bills, then how do you suspect they do it themselves? Seriously your social darwinist views were idiotic from day one and yet you still spout that nonsense.

  6. #6 by brewski on March 17, 2012 - 7:39 pm

    You ask questions and don’t answer them. You make statements and don’t support them. Your method of conversing was idiotic from day one.

  7. #7 by cav on March 17, 2012 - 8:10 pm

    It’s a blog – Mr brewzo!

  8. #8 by brewski on March 17, 2012 - 9:39 pm

    Ah, so that is what explains Nathan’s ineffective style of conversing. I didn’t know that a blog was an excuse to make no sense and provide no support. It’s all just feelings.

  9. #9 by cav on March 17, 2012 - 10:36 pm

    There’s a place for statistically laden pie-charts and wordy arguments, but, yes, feelings have a great deal to do with the whole of it – blogs and beyond.

    There’s a lot of anger at the administration in Texas for the way they’ve manipulated the monies normally directed toward low income women. It’s hard to separate emotions from other supposed realities, such as how and why Texas imports and exports people.

    Isn’t Peggy Noonan Texan?

  10. #10 by cav on March 17, 2012 - 10:39 pm

    I know, she lives in New York City

  11. #11 by brewski on March 17, 2012 - 11:12 pm

    Peggy Noonan is from Brooklyn.

    Sheila Jackson Lee is from Texas. Are you going to blame her for every alleged misdeed in the state?

    I am all for feelings. But not when they are based in myth, spin, un-fact and lies. I reserve the right to be mad about things which are true rather than things which are not true.

  12. #12 by Larry Bergan on March 17, 2012 - 11:48 pm

    21st century republicans love to watch others suffer. There’s no other way to see this. It makes them feel better because they have nothing else happening in their lives that makes them feel better. It doesn’t matter how much money they have because it’s never enough.

    It didn’t used to be this way. Please try to find your way home and for God’s sake stop killing the born!

  13. #13 by Larry Bergan on March 18, 2012 - 12:08 am

    Great thanks to Gary Trudeau for putting himself on the front lines of a battle with the entire available broadcast and print media.

    I had to go into an evil place the other day to take a leak. It’s not that the people who work there are evil, it’s just that they have to do bad things to keep their jobs. The place is the St. Marks Hospital.

    Not too long ago I came down with what I thought might be a case of strep throat which I didn’t want to have or give to others where I work. I don’t have any health insurance, so I tried going into the emergency room at the hospital and asked them how much it might be. I’m sure that’s the question ALL people in the hospital business hate to hear so the woman I talked to said “I DON’T KNOW, PROBABLY ABOUT $60”!

    The doctor was really nice, swabbed my throat and told me to call back in a couple of days. I didn’t have strep but I later got my bill for $600 dollars which I paid.

    The next week, I was in Smith’s Food King and saw a kit you could use at home to test for strep. The cost was $10.

    Thanks guys! 🙁

    When I was done taking a leak in a bathroom I helped pay for I had to walk by the emergency room I had visited earlier. It was filled with people who were forced to watch the Sean Hannity show on the Fox “news” channel. Hannity was talking to Brent Bozelle.

    Good Christ!

  14. #14 by cav on March 18, 2012 - 12:44 am

    I reserve the right to be mad about things which are true rather than things which are not true.

    How can you tell the difference?

    Wmd’s hate us for our freedumbs! I believe George Washington said that.

  15. #15 by Shane on March 18, 2012 - 12:49 am

    Brewski, you claim, often, that everyone on this blog can’t think, doesn’t get logic, and communicates poorly. We all understand each other, and outside sources. The common denominator here is you. Logic says you are the one who doesn’t get it.

    …as if logic where of any use to you.

    Just sayin.

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