States continue push for fetal rights over women’s rights

Looks like my home state of Georgia has hopped onto the bandwagon of slowly eating away at a woman’s right to an abortion. The Georgia House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill that would cut six weeks off the time a woman has to get an abortion in the state.

The legislation, House Bill 954, also would tighten medical exemptions for terminating pregnancies and require any abortion performed after 20 weeks of pregnancy be done in a way to bring the fetus out alive. The measure is commonly referred to as a “fetal pain” bill and says that a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks, therefore the state has an interest in protecting it.

Supporters said the bill, if passed by the Senate and signed by the governor, will save lives and protect fetuses.

Opponents said the bill would legislate decisions that should be made by doctors, that it would force women to carry to term fetuses that will be stillborn because of medical problems and would put doctors at risk who work with difficult pregnancies. Doctors who are involved in abortions after 20 weeks that do not meet the bill’s restrictions could be charged with a felony and face up to 10 years in prison.

Of course, we can’t forget about Virginia’s newly revised controversial abortion bill, which was watered down to allow women to refuse transvaginal ultrasound. The bill passed the state senate and heads back to the house for reconsideration.

Oklahoma is also on its way to violating the rights of women. That state’s senate has passed the Personhood Act, which declares life begins at conception and those embryos and fetuses would be granted full-fledged rights equal to that of the person they are living off of.

Oklahoma’s story is interesting as it has sparked the activist bone in women who are appalled by the state’s actions. It also sparked Democratic State Senator Judy McIntyre to join in a protest in front of the state capitol, carrying what I think is my new favorite slogan of the anti-choice movement:

Photo taken by Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman

Two words: fucking awesome.

From The Oklahoman:

She (McIntyre) said the sign was brought by protesters from the University of Oklahoma and she grabbed it for a photo.

She said that while the language would probably be offensive to some, the real issue is the Republican Party attempting to take away the reproductive rights of women while at the same time preaching less government.

I would hope they would have that same passion about how offensive it is for the Republican Party of Oklahoma to ramrod, because they have votes to do so, bills that are offensive to women and take away the rights of women,” she said.

Right on.