Okay, I know, I know: on any political website or forum, abortion is a topic that comes up frequently and gets very heated. It's very much one of those issues where the two opposing side will never agree, and I'm not looking to get into that fight here.
But the Oklahoma legislature has effectively put themselves into the doctor/patient situation - which is not their spot. They've passed a law mandating that any woman seeking an abortion must get an abdominal or vaginal ultrasound, and nope, they don't get to choose which, either. They're also not allowed to say no to the procedure.
Even though the bill was heavily lobbied against, and the governor vetoed it, the bill still passed, and has effectively allowed the legislature to pursue their own interests, rather than what's best for the patient.
So here's to the victims of incest and rape: we know you've been through a tough time, but we're going to need to stick one more unnecessary piece of medical equipment inside your vagina, and subject you to a humiliating procedure when all you want to do is move past the traumatic experience and get on with life. Oh! Oh look! See that fetus? Now, where did you want to schedule your abortion?
Should a doctor refuse, they'll be hit with a 10,000 dollar fine and the label of "unprofessional conduct." Because, apparently, unnecessary medical procedures are now considered professional conduct by law. The fine could go as high as 100,000 dollars, and you could lose your license. An Alternet.org article notes by comparison that "the highest fine for negligent homicide or driving under the influence in Oklahoma is $1,000." That's right, I could kill someone drunkenly driving and escape with less trouble than if I'm a doctor failing to perform an ultrasound on a rape victim.
Rape is a form of assault involving the non-consensual use of the sexual organs of another person's body. - Wikipedia
Not-so-funny thought: It's not a far line to say Oklahoma is raping these women. You are, to say it bluntly, forcing an object into a woman's vagina without her permission. That is rape.
Thank you, State of Oklahoma, for making it patently clear who's side your on.