In a bill recently sent to Governor Brad Henry for consideration, women are granted the freedom to move their eyes about as they wish, even at doctor’s appointments.
The bill SB 1878, which is a mishmash laundry list of restrictions on women’s ability to access abortion, includes a very explicit section regarding the direction of abortion-seeking women’s gazes. Section 12 details that women must be shown ultrasound pictures of their embryos and subjected to a detailed medical description of them prior to being allowed to have the medical procedure they have scheduled.
However, in an unprecedented burst of magnanimity, the OK Senate included Part C., which reads in part:
Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent a pregnant woman from averting her eyes from the ultrasound images required to be provided to and reviewed with her.
Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in a resounding cry of “Victory!”
Let us hope that women take this new-found freedom in stride and behave in such a way that Oklahoma does not regret its sudden generosity. God-willing, women will learn what normal human beings already know: with great power comes great responsibility.
© idyllicmollusk 4/14/08