Thursday, March 22, 2007

South Carolina Thinks Women Are Children
With calls of emotional blackmail from opponents, a measure requiring women seeking abortions to first review ultrasound images of their fetuses advanced Wednesday in the South Carolina Legislature.

The legislation, supported by Republican Gov. Mark Sanford, easily passed 91-23 after lawmakers defeated amendments exempting rape or incest. The House must approve the bill again in a routine vote before it goes to the Senate, where its sponsor expects it to pass.

That's right. Soon in South Carolina, even if you have been raped by a stranger or a family member, you have to view an ultrasound of the product "of that love" before you can have an abortion. This is apparently because women just cavalierly have abortions without really thinking about it. So South Carolina has to step in and make you feel awful about it before you do it.

A few days ago I blogged about this bill going forward. I didn't know they were going to be this harsh, but their track record so far shows I was being naive. This isn't the first bill infanticizing women to pass in South Carolina.

The state's informed-consent law, passed in 1994, requires abortion doctors to tell women the likely age of their fetus and give them information about fetal development and alternatives to abortion.

Women must think about the information for at least an hour before terminating their pregnancy.

That's right young lady. Your fetus is eight weeks old. Sit in a corner and think for an hour if you want to bear the child of your uncle. While you are thinking, here is a picture of the fetus. Is that your Uncle's nose? Awww, how precious. I am not letting you out for 45 more minutes now. No pudding for dessert either.