More Attacks on Women’s Health: Kansas To Top ‘Em All With New Bill

Posted on March 19, 2012 by


i miss kansas

Oh Kansas, we're so disappointed.

Ready for this?

According to a report from the ACLU, as a part of a sweeping anti-abortion bill, Kansas is ready to pass legislation that will ALLOW DOCTORS TO HIDE the results of your cvs, amnio, ultrasound or other tests regarding your pregnancy IF THAT DOCTOR DOESN’T BELIEVE IN ABORTION.

Writes Jennifer Dalven:

Buried in a sweeping anti-abortion bill is a provision that would immunize a doctor who discovers that a baby will be born with a devastating condition and deliberately withholds that information from his patient. That’s right. If the bill passes, a doctor who opposes abortion could decide to lie about the results of your blood tests, your ultrasound, your cvs or your amnio. Lie to you so that you won’t have information that might lead you to decide to end your pregnancy or that might lead you to learn more about your child’s condition so that you are prepared to be the best parent you can be to your child.

Apparently Oklahoma and Arizona aren’t far behind.

In the words of Sir Paul McCartney, “You gotta help me understand.”

In the past few months, between this, and this and this, and, oh yeah, remember this, I think I’m starting to understand. Let’s break it down.

A. Some politicians believe that they know better than YOU about your body.

B. Women’s health rights are not really a concern unless we’re following the “rules.”

C. The “rules” don’t include terminating pregnancies–for any reason.

D. You’re going straight to hell. (That was just my little addition.)

They’re never going to overturn Roe v. Wade. Never going to happen. Getting a supreme court to overturn such a ruling would send us back to the 19th century. What can happen, and what is happening all around the country, is the systematic attack on women’s health care so that it will be more difficult to get abortions. They’ll do it by cutting budgets for women’s clinics that offer abortions (see this depressing NYT article on more about that) and they’ll do it with hidden measures like Kansas’s plan to give permission for doctors to hide information.

Women need to have the right do what they want with their bodies–this should not be up to politicians. So why is it?

Let’s keep talking. Let’s make this issue a big one. Get out of my vagina, Kansas.