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So I went to yoga, ate dinner (eggs in spicy tomato sauce…mmm), and watched an episode of Farscape and Glee. I think I have finally calmed down enough to talk about Oklahoma.

Last Friday (23 April 2010), Governor Brad Henry vetoed two anti-abortion bills passed by the Oklahoma congress. He signed a third bill mandating new signed in the offices of abortion providers.

Today, the Oklahoma State Senate voted 36-12 to overturn the governor’s veto.

The first bill (HB 2780) requires women to undergo an ultrasound and listen to a detail description of the fetus before having an abortion. It also requires a vaginal ultrasound instead of a non-invasive ultrasound in cases where an internal ultrasound would show a clearer picture of the fetus (in early pregnancy, this is almost always true).

The biggest problem with this bill (there are many), the reason the governor vetoed it, is that the bill does not contain exemptions for incest and rape. So rape victims who become pregnant will have to look at the evidence of their rape, have it explained to them piece by piece, and this will likely occur after they have had a foreign object inserted into them.

36 Oklahoma Senators think this is acceptable.

The second (HB 2656) says:

“In a wrongful life action or a wrongful birth action, no damages may be recovered for any condition that existed at the time of a child’s birth if the claim is that the defendant’s [doctor’s] omission contributed to the mother’s not having obtained an abortion.” HB 2656: Section 1.C

I’ll let you think about that one for a minute.

If you are a pregnant woman in Oklahoma, the State Senate has just declared it okay for your doctor to lie to you. If your doctor thinks you might have an abortion if you find out your child has any non-lethal condition, your doctor CAN LIE TO YOU. And you cannot sue him or her.

The Center for Reproductive Rights already has lawsuits filed against these two new laws, and I believe they will be declared unconstitutional, but we can not be sure. However, even if they are thrown out, these two laws showcase a disturbing trend in anti-abortion feelings in the United States. The trend is that saving a fetus is more important than the pregnant woman.

The ultrasound bill specifically excludes any “emotional, psychological, and mental conditions” from being a valid reason for exemption from the ultrasound and description procedures. So, in other words, a woman’s emotions and brain are unimportant. Only her body has worth. This, combined with the recent mailing calling for Rep. Betty Sutton to “get back in the kitchen” makes me feel like I am living in the 1950’s.

I’m pissed.

BTW: The title is from the song "Oklahoma" from the ridiculously funny musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
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