Missouri Mandates ‘State-Sanctioned Sexual Assault’ For Every Woman Seeking Abortion

Missouri Mandates ‘State-Sanctioned Sexual Assault’ For Every Woman Seeking Abortion June 7, 2019

The GOP War on Women continues: A new government rule in Missouri will force all women seeking an abortion to undergo a mandatory pelvic exam before the procedure, a move many call “state-sanctioned sexual assault.”

According to reporting from MSNBC, Missouri now requires women seeking abortion in the state to undergo a mandatory, medically unnecessary, invasive pelvic examination by order of the state government.

Mediaite reports:

In an exclusive, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reports that a new Missouri state government ruling will force all women who are seeking an abortion to undergo a mandatory pelvic exam before the procedure, a move that Maddow likened to “state-sanctioned sexual assault.”

The following is a brief excerpt from Maddow’s report:

What we have discovered is that as of Thursday of last week, as of a week ago today, we can now report that every woman seeking a legal abortion in the state of Missouri is being subjected to a mandatory, medically unnecessary, pelvic examination by order of the state government.

Only now, before they let you go from that first appointment, you must, by order of the state, take off your clothes and submit to an intrusive vaginal inspection that you do not need and your doctor does not want to give you. This is the latest thing the state of Missouri is doing as of this week as they’re trying to force the last clinic in the state out of business.

State-sanctioned sexual assault is the new price that the state of Missouri is extracting from Missouri women if they try to get an abortion. Now, why would the state government do that? What is the benefit to the state of doing that?

Watch the entire report below:

On Twitter, an OBGYN in Missouri expressed her frustration with the new government rule mandating “state-sanctioned sexual assault” for women in the state seeking an abortion:

Today I was forced by the state of Missouri to perform an unnecessary pelvic exam on a patient terminating her pregnancy for a fetal anomaly. She is heartbroken over her situation and I was forced to do an invasive, uncomfortable exam. It broke me as a physician to do this to her

This outrageous assault on women in Missouri is but the latest attempt by Republicans to intimidate, demean, harass, and punish women seeking an abortion.  And it is an assault on women that is motivated by the prejudice and bigotry of conservative Christians. 

Bottom line: A new government rule in Missouri will force all women seeking an abortion to undergo a mandatory pelvic exam before the procedure, a move many call “state-sanctioned sexual assault.”

The Republican War on Women continues…

Missouri Mandates ‘State-Sanctioned Sexual Assault’ For Every Woman Seeking Abortion (Image via Screen Grab)
Missouri Mandates ‘State-Sanctioned Sexual Assault’ For Every Woman Seeking Abortion (Image via Screen Grab)
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