Wow! I mean, just, wow! Oklahoma, it seems, is doing it's level best to out-Arizona Arizona this week in the on-going battle to be the most dystopian state in the union.
So, the state's legislature just overturned two vetoes of two amazingly draconian anti-abortion laws. The first one essentially makes it incumbent upon doctors to give ultrasounds to all patients seeking abortions and then point out all the fetus's limbs and organs. Wait, did I say "essentially"? I mean "literally"…
Though other states have passed similar measures forcing women to have ultrasounds, Oklahoma’s law goes further, requiring a doctor or technician to set up the monitor where the woman can see it and describe the heart, limbs and organs of the fetus. No exceptions are made for rape and incest victims.
If you can believe it, that's the less-crazy of the two laws…
The second measure passed into law Tuesday protects doctors from malpractice suits if they decide not to inform the parents of a unborn baby that the fetus has birth defects. The intent of the bill is to prevent parents from later suing doctors who withhold information to try to influence them against having an abortion.
So, it is now legal for doctors to look their patients in the eyes and lie to them about the health of their unborn children in an effort to trick them into making the types of life choices that the doctor would prefer. Which I think is in keeping with the fifth — or is it the sixth? — tenet of the Hippocratic Oath.
At any rate, my friend Darci pretty much summed this up best when she said, "This just adds to a laundry list of reasons why one should never have sex in Oklahoma."
Tags: Abortion, Health, Men and Women, Oklahoma