Idaho State Sen. Chuck Winder (R) made clear that punishing women who have sex is the real motivating factor behind pushing his controversial “double ultrasound” bill. After all, Winder suggested on the Senate floor in support of the bill, women can’t be trusted to make a decision like seeking an abortion because they don’t even understand when they’ve been raped.
“Rape and incest was used as a reason to oppose this,” Winder said on the Senate floor. “I would hope that when a woman goes in to a physician with a rape issue, that physician will indeed ask her about perhaps her marriage, was this pregnancy caused by normal relations in a marriage or was it truly caused by a rape. I assume that’s part of the counseling that goes on.”
If Winder’s bill becomes law, a victim of rape or incest, or any woman with a medical emergency who needs an abortion must first obtain an ultrasound and then the state will disclose to her a list of abortion providers. In Idaho, free ultrasounds are available via “crisis pregnancy centers” whose entire mission is to dissuade abortions. After this free ultrasound a woman would then have to obtain from a doctor a second transvaginal ultrasound if she is in her first trimester of pregnancy. And even if she averts her eyes from the ultrasound image and refuses to listen to the fetal heartbeat, she would have to hear the doctor describe the fetus in detail.
There were 84,767 reported “forcible rapes” in the United States in 2010–a number that does not account for statutory rape, incest, or a host of other sexual violations. Sen. Winder, like Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) before him believe women are abortion-seeking liars and will punish them via legislation accordingly.
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