During a radio interview with conservative host Dana Loesch last Friday, Governor Scott Walker defended an ultrasound bill that he signed into law last year by saying that they were a cool thing to see. He also admitted that the entire reason for passing the bill was to discourage women from having abortions by showing them what the “child inside of them” looked like.
‘The media tried to make that sound like that was a crazy idea,’ Walker said. ‘Most people I talked to, whether they’re pro-life or not, I find people all the time that pull out their iPhone and show me a picture of their grandkids’ ultrasound and how excited they are, so that’s a lovely thing. I think about [how] my sons are 19 and 20, [and] we still have their first ultrasounds. It’s just a cool thing out there. We just knew if we signed that law, if we provided the information that more people if they saw that unborn child would make a decision to protect and keep the life of that unborn child.
Let’s not get this twisted: Scott Walker signed a bill that forced women to have an unnecessary, invasive medical procedure as a way of emotional blackmail.
As a woman who has had an abortion and has had a transvaginal ultrasound (for a medical condition) I can say they are neither “lovely” or “cool.” First of all, the decision to have an abortion is never one that is made lightly. It is not like pregnant women wake up and say, “Gonna go shopping today and then abort my baby.” The decision to abort is tremendously difficult and the worst possible thing that a lawmaker can do is force women to see an ultrasound or even listen to it be described to them. Imagine wanting kids your whole life, getting pregnant, finding out the baby has a severe birth defect, making the difficult decision to terminate and then being forced to go through even more mental anguish so some Republican lawmakers can get their jollies off at your expense.
Secondly, the ultrasound a woman is forced to get is typically not the abdominal ultrasound that you see in movies. Why? Because often nothing is visible that way if the pregnancy is in its early stages. Instead, a transvaginal ultrasound is needed. This is not fun; it is very uncomfortable. The doctor puts a wand-like scope into the woman’s vagina all the way up to the cervix and that’s how they see inside of the uterus.
Scott Walker is a douche and so is every other right-wing politician who creates laws like these. He can try to sugarcoat it all he wants, but the laws are indefensible. Maybe we should shove a wand up his rear end and show him a really “cool” picture.
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