One bill would require women to have ultrasounds before having an abortions, similar to the forced ultrasound law in Texas. The other bill would clarify existing “informed consent” law by requiring women to have face-to-face consultations with a physician, licensed nurse, physician’s assistant or physician-delegated social worker before having an abortion.
Sen, Jack Westwood, chairman of the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee was clear the intention behind the bill was to make it as difficult as possible for a woman to have an abortion. Westwood went one step further insisting that “[t]o me, it’s not a political issue, it’s a moral issue.”
Well glad we cleared that up.
Opponents of the measure stated the obvious in declaring the measure one that was not intended to help women who find themselves in difficult situations. In fact, I’d even say that these measures are designed to punish women who have the temerity to try and exercise some independence over their bodies and their lives.
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