Illinois is still trying to pass a forced ultrasound bill, despite growing national opposition to legislators mandating expensive and unnecessary medical procedures all in the name of “protecting” women.
The Illinois bill at least underscores the level of respect conservatives place on women’s lives. They’ve passed it first through the House Agriculture Committee, the same committee that considers legislation regulating domestic farm animals.
Hear that women in Illinois? Your lawmakers think you’re cattle.
The offensively named “Ultrasound Opportunity Act” takes a two-pronged approach to shaming women. First, should a woman try and decline the “opportunity” to have the mandated ultrasound, she must do so in writing, on a state-provided form that would then be collected and stored for the state. Clinics and physicians would then be forced to track and report the number of women who refuse to be violated by the state.
With the level of detailed monitoring of women’s reproductive status that conservatives are pushing nationwide, how long until they suggest a national registry where all women must confirm to the state pregnancies that are then fully tracked? Does that sound paranoid? Check out Brazil.
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