GUEST POST: Legislative Rape

by Anonymous

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.

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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 

 

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8 Comments on "GUEST POST: Legislative Rape"

  1. I particularly appreciate the observations of this author.

    During the floor debate for this bill Rep. Bill Harris, a TEA Party lawmaker from Winnet, actually boasted that he had “made the Cowgirl Blog” for his remarks which suggested that when it comes to women’s health, we should think about what a veterinarian would do with a dog. You can read his exact remarks here.

    “And if I took an animal regardless of what it was, whether it was dying or whether it was just needin’ unwanted or wanted rid of, to a veterinarian to have it euthanized that veterinarian would go to every effort to do that in as painless and as humane a way as he could manage, so for obvious reasons, I’m a yes to this bill.”

    • Rep. Bill Harris is a hypocrite. He voted against HB 378, which would fix a loophole that allows people to profit from inhumane treatment of animals.

  2. And Harris said (on the floor after the illustrious Rep. Eck called him out on it) he meant that in a “humane” way. That he was just saying things needed to be done a “humane way.” So everyone totes’ took him out of context and should apologize. (I am not defending him in any way, FYI. More of a mocking manner.)

  3. I watched this debate and saw several of the legislators do a great job of standing up for women including Rep. Eck, Rep. Karjala, Rep. Hill, Rep. Dudik, Rep. Woods, Rep. Heyman, and even Rep. Moore who told about how his pregnant wife with cancer had to choose between getting life-prolonging treatment and keeping her pregnancy. Rep. Harris gave one of those Paula Deen apologies where he said he was not sorry for what he said but for “if it offended anyone.”

  4. It’s high time men, especially old white men, stop bringing up these abortion bills and lecturing women legislators about how women’s bodies work. It would at least be more apt for some of the women GOP reps to bring these bills rather than sit quietly and simply vote “aye” at the end.

    • Easy way to solve the mess-cut off the talking point between their legs!

    • It’s high time that more than just old white men start protecting unborn babies…You would think their Mom might but nope….have to leave it to the grandpa’s.

      • The bill has old white women sponsors as well.

        HOUSE BILL NO. 479
        INTRODUCED BY A. OLSZEWSKI, E. ARNTZEN, N. BALLANCE, G. BENNETT, S. BERGLEE, J. BRENDEN, B. BROWN, D. BROWN, T. BURNETT, A. DOANE, R. EHLI, C. FISCUS, C. GLIMM, K. HANSEN, S. HESS, D. HOWARD, A. KNUDSEN, M. MONFORTON, D. MORTENSEN, M. NOLAND, R. OSMUNDSON, R. PINOCCI, K. REGIER, T. RICHMOND, M. ROSENDALE, C. SMITH, N. SWANDAL, J. TAYLOR, F. THOMAS, B. TSCHIDA, R. WEBB, J. WINDY BOY

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