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‘Back to the Dark ages’

Wanda Jo Stapleton January 18th, 2012

I watched with interest the recent presidential debates in New Hampshire as candidates pandered to extreme right-wingers.

First, Mitt Romney dodged questions about a ban on contraception, but reaffirmed his commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade. Then Rick Santorum declared that states should be able to outlaw contraception! Finally, most of the Republican presidential candidates vowed to prevent Planned Parenthood from providing millions of women with health care that is mainly preventive in nature: birth control and testing, plus treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Equally bad, here in Oklahoma, draconian anti-woman legislation, House Bill 2780, passed the state Legislature in April of 2010 and became law.

The law mandates that a woman or girl seeking an abortion must have an ultrasound within an hour of the procedure. Specifically, the law requires that an instrument, called a transducer, be inserted in the vagina if that method produces the best ultrasound image.

That image must then be described in detail by the doctor to the patient, even if both are unwilling.

Gov. Brad Henry vetoed the bill and declared that “a citizen forced to undergo any medical procedure against his or her will … amounts to an unconstitutional invasion of privacy.”

The Legislature overrode the governor’s veto, but the law has not gone into effect because of a court challenge. The New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights is helping challenge the ultrasound law in Oklahoma County District Court.

If these types of laws stand, it’s back to the Dark Ages for women and physicians who treat them.

Wanda Jo (Peltier) Stapleton
Oklahoma City

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01.17.2012 at 11:39 Reply

Basically it is ideology trumping both humanity and reality.


01.18.2012 at 07:07 Reply

I am repeatedly baffled by the right's attempts to force their oppressive religious beliefs on the people of a country that was originally populated by those who fled the oppressive religious state created by the Church of England.

They say that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it, with each passing day, that's starting to look more likely.

Further confusion stems from their desire to see babies born, but no desire to cover social services needed to raise those children.  It’s almost sadistic that they want these lives to exist if only so they have the opportunity to experience suffering.

They (the right) complain about the debt we leave our grand children but seem to promote unfettered population expansions which will only resource supplies which are already under stress.  If they have it there way, in 100 years their grandchildren will be forced to exist in an apocalyptic waste land like Mad Max.  But I’m sure they take comfort in the possibility that there will be a religious champion spreading their faith like in the Book of Eli.  It’s enough to make me want to be sedated and jacked into the Matrix.  I thought this was the land of the free, but it’s starting to feel like a prison.