Fifty-six Montana legislators in the House of Representatives just voted to legalize rape of pregnant women. Despicable.
House Bill 479 requires a doctor to determine how old a fetus is before performing any fetal surgery: “a person may not perform fetal surgery on an unborn child whose gestational age is 20 or more weeks without…first determining the gestational age of the unborn child or relying on a determination made by a physician. In making this determination, the person shall make inquiries of the pregnant woman and perform or cause to be performed any medical examination and test that a reasonably prudent physician, knowledgeable about the case and the medical conditions involved, would consider necessary in order to make an accurate determination of the gestational age.”
When a fetus has been growing in the womb for less than 10 weeks, figuring out the age requires a transvaginal ultrasound. A transvaginal ultrasound is when an ultrasound paddle is inserted into the same place babies come from: a vagina.
Fifty-six Montana legislators think it is a good idea for our government to require doctors thrust medical instruments into the vagina of pregnant women. This is government mandated sexual intercourse without patient consent. This is rape. And the “patient” has to PAY the their OBGYN for this compulsory service.
My government does not have a license to practice medicine. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is a nonprofit organization of women’s health care physicians licensed to practice medicine, and: “Personal decision-making by women and their doctors should not be replaced by political ideology.”
As sad as I may be by the conduct of these 56-legislators, I am heartened our Montana Constitution will prevent enforcement of this barbaric regulation.
Note: The author of this post also provided a copy of this letter sent to the Tennessee legislature regarding a nearly identical piece of legislation. While the Montana bill’s sponsor, Rep. Al Olscewski, cited a handful of foreign medical associations in his closing, you can read here what the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Nurse-Midwives, the American Nurses Association, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and several other American medical associations think. The Cowgirl Blog welcomes guest posts – please email the tipline at mntnacowgirl (at) gmail.com