There’s outreach, and then there’s outreach.
The state of Indiana may soon require that women undergo two transvaginal ultrasounds. One before having a abortion, and another afterward.
The Indiana state Senate on Wednesday advanced a bill that would require women to undergo an ultrasound procedure both before and after having a medication-induced abortion during the first trimester of pregnancy.
The Senate Health and Provider Services Committee approved Senate Bill 371 on Wednesday by a vote of 7 to 5, sending it to a full vote in the state Senate. The bill, introduced by state Sen. Travis Holdman (R), imposes heavy regulations on clinics and physicians that offer medication abortions, which are generally used to end a pregnancy up to 10 weeks from a woman’s last period. It would require women to be presented with the sound and image of the fetal heartbeat before the abortion and to return for a follow-up ultrasound to ensure that she is no longer pregnant and has stopped bleeding.
There’s little left to say about the subject of forced ultrasounds other than the fact that it’s revolting. This sick idea that the state should mandate that women be subjected to unwarranted and unnecessary penetration just to stroke the morbid egos and fetishistic desires of so-called “pro-life” legislators who fancy themselves as crusaders in the war to preserve patriarchy.
In addition to mandating multiple transvaginal ultrasounds, the bill would also require that clinics that provide abortions remodel their offices to comply with surgical facility standards even if there is no surgery being performed. Because why the hell not? The Republican party is going for broke.
There’s nothing more pathetic, contemptible, and embarrassing than a man who would support this kind of legislation, and I wouldn’t piss on them if they were on fire.