Someone finally said it. We all knew it’s what they were thinking, but someone finally said it out loud. Anti-choicers don’t believe women are smart enough to make their own medical decisions. At least they’re being honest, I guess.
Who is the brave lad? Rep. Joel Johnson of Michigan. You know, the one who is trying to make ultrasounds mandatory before all abortions, even though said ultrasounds are not medically necessary. Yeah, that guy. He’s come out and said why he thinks this type of thing is so very important:
We have consumer protection laws for people who are getting loans, or buying life insurance. It requires that things get explained to them and in my opinion this is another situation where people aren’t making a decision they won’t be happy with down the road.
Johnson goes on to say that the ultrasound should be done before the woman takes any medication to make sure she is “mentally capable” of making this medical decision.
Oooooh I get it. So because we have laws that protect us from fraud we need laws that protect women from unwanted abortions! Wait…no. Nope. That makes no sense.
I wonder, does Rep. Johnson think women are inherently stupid, or does he think baby hormones mess up our lady-brains? He’s evidently OK with men making this life-altering decision on behalf of women. Maybe he thinks women are too close to the situation. You know how we are. Just a bunch of over-reaching, hyper-sensitive harpies! Only a man-brain understands that having a baby is always a joy and a pleasure and that all women secretly want ALL THE BABIES!!!
Really, who would know better if a woman is ready and able to bring a life into the world, a pregnant woman or a man? Not just a man, actually, but any man. Any man, either connected to the pregnant woman or not. How messed up is that? Then there is the fact that most women don’t actually regret their abortions. So the problem that Johnson is purportedly trying to solve doesn’t even exist in the first place.
Besides, have any of you ever looked at an ultrasound? They don’t look like anything, especially early when most abortions are done. I cannot conceive of a situation in which looking at a black and white squiggle would influence my decision to have an abortion. But I totally understand why it would seriously freak some women out. I mean, ultrasounds aren’t medically necessary. It’s just another opportunity for bros (and some honorary bros) to make a woman feel shitty about making the best decision for her. And if that’s the goal, then mission accomplished.
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