Government sanctioned rape: super heartless edition.

**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.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Glodson

    What do you mean 2016? They could easily lose the House in 2014, which would be a major blow considering all the gerrymandering they have done to stack the deck.

  • penn

    I like the way you think Glodson. Democrats took the House in 2006, and if they can keep the base energized, there is no reason to think they can’t take it back in 2014. People need to be aware of what the GOP is doing all over the country.

    • Glodson

      The GOP is at a crossroads. One path will keep the base motivated in the short term, at the cost of all the women and minorities and gay voters. Well, not all, but a number.

      It will lose out on the more liberal religious people, even the moderates. They’ll need rabid gun nuts, rabid anti-choicers, and the like.

      Which creates a feedback loop. To keep them motivated, the GOP will go further, thus losing some support. So to keep those supporting, they’ll move further right, losing even more support until they are left with just a fringe group.

      That’s one path. The other is something a few in the GOP have hinted at. Moderating their message. Several have come out in support of marriage equality. A few have talked about immigration reform in a good faith manner. But this will cost them support of the Randian nuts and all that. A problem, in the short term, but one that has long time viability.

      The sick thing is that they will continue this wing nut appeasing on the State level. Why? Because they have rigged it in their favor and they can. At least in the short term.

      Worse, in the short term, this is a group under epistemic closure. Nothing on the outside is really getting in. See the reaction to the past election for an example.

  • RenDP

    And this, my friends, is why I’m fleeing Indiana for the safety of the Pacific NW in 3 months. I’ve got a teen aged daughter to think about, and with the current gerrymandering, it will be damn near impossible to get the Tea stains out any time soon.