**trigger warnings all over**
Not to be outdone by their brothers in Christ in Wisconsin, the Indiana GOP is also trying to make unnecessary, invasive procedures mandatory before women get a legal, medical procedure. But Indiana Republicans are upping the ante: women will need to be invaded without their consent twice in Indiana.
What makes Indiana really stand out, though, is that this bill, SB 371, would require two ultrasounds—before and after the abortion. The bill would require physicians to “schedule a follow-up appointment” two weeks after RU-486 is administered. But that’s not all. Under penalty of criminal and/or civil charges and fines, physicians must “make a reasonable effort to ensure that the pregnant woman returns for the follow-up appointment.” And what constitutes a “reasonable effort”? The bill doesn’t make that entirely clear, though it specifically mentions “recording in the pregnant woman’s medical records the date, and time of the follow-up appointment, a brief description of the efforts by the physician and the physician’s staff to ensure the woman’s return, and the name of the individual who performed the efforts.”So what happens if a woman doesn’t keep her scheduled post-abortion ultrasound appointment? Who decides whether her doctor has made sufficient enough effort to force her? Another doctor goes to jail? Loses his or her medical license? The clinic where the doctor practices is shut down? All because, according to state Sen. Travis Holdman, the bill’s author, this will “ensure women’s safety.”
If you were raped and wound up pregnant, guess what: you will need to be raped twice more before you’re allowed to not carry your assailant’s child to term. Thanks GOP.
And in 2016 we’ll hear “Why aren’t women voting for us?” This is why.