GOP War on Women: If You Have Sex, Republicans Want to Pry In Your Private Parts
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Beyond concocting new ways to pry into your personal information, many states are still using the old standby for punishing women for abortion by invading their bodies: mandatory ultrasounds. Texas is just the latest in a long list of states where legislators wipe the drool from their mouths while forcing women who want abortions to undergo extra vaginal probing. The excuse is that it’s about giving women full information---as if a pregnant woman asks for an abortion because she thinks she’s growing kittens up there--but the result resembles random strip searches at the behest of a sadistic warden from a women-in-prison exploitation flick.
The latest man abusing his power to force women to undergo rounds of stripping naked and being probed is Governor Rick Perry of Texas, who declared this sadistic voyeurism an “emergency priority.” It’s hard to imagine he’d think this was such a priority if he’d ever had to put his feet in the stirrups and scoot his naked butt to the edge of the table. Maybe if he’d ever had to do that, he’d realize why it’s so cruel to force doctors to do this to women more than is strictly necessary.
Voyeurism was the order of the day in the years prior to Roe v. Wade. In many states, abortion was legal if a woman could convince a panel of medical professionals that she had a mental health need for the abortion. In practice, this usually meant telling lurid tales about one’s personal business to a bunch of leering men in hopes that they would reward your debasement by sparing you the pregnancy. The horror of this is one reason why privacy became the major argument for abortion rights. In the years since, the Peeping Toms of the anti-choice movement have turned “privacy” into a dirty word, at least for women, and have set out to dismantle that right.
Anti-choice activist Lila Rose, a master of appealing to the voyeuristic desires of the anti-choice movement, recently cut to the chase by describing her neo-Puritan desire to have abortions performed in the public square. And let’s not forget former Kansas attorney general Phill Kline , who devoted his power to the lavish and lascivious project of getting the personal names and addresses of the patients of Dr. George Tiller by having his staff follow them in their cars and subpoena their hotel records, as well as share that information with known sexual harasser Bill O’Reilly. While that ultimate goal is far in the distance, state legislators everywhere are continually coming up with creative ways to use abortion as an excuse to inject themselves into the private business of the women of their states.