When Alabama Republican Clay Scofield introduced a mandatory ultrasound proposal for women seeking abortions, he stated that he assumed most of the ultrasounds would be abdominal, since they could be used at six weeks or earlier. His obvious misinformation was an attempt to shield himself from the accusation that he wanted to force all women seeking abortions to be manually probed in the process.
Now, he’s is much less concerned about appearing concerned about the feelings, both physically and emotionally, of the women involved. As the debate over the transvaginal ultrasound proposal continues, Scofield says it’s good for women to feel some discomfort if they are trying to terminate a pregnancy. WAAYTV reporter Rebecca Shlien writes, “[Bill opponent on Scofield constituent Tristin] Basinger says this invasive ultrasound would be a physical and emotional discomfort: ‘I think they should see what they’re getting rid of, but I don’t think they should go through the whole humiliation. Because I feel like they’re already humiliated enough as it is.’ But Scofield, the bill’s sponsor, feels that discomfort is the point, and this clearer sonogram would help women second guess the decision to end their pregnancy.”
She should be required to “second guess” herself, and be forced to feel discomfort? How can these bills be seen as anything but a state sanctioned rite to punish women for not carrying an unwanted pregnancy to term? No wonder Scofield, no doubt feeling backlash over his comments, has now said the type of ultrasound should be a woman’s choice. “I want to offer legislation that will simultaneously protect life and show respect and compassion towards women,” Scofield now says.
How nice. He respects a woman’s right to chose — her mandatory ultrasound type.
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