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Senate Bill 1878, authored by Rep. Pam Peterson (R-Tulsa) and Rep. Todd Lamb (R-Edmond), which thankfully Gov. Brad Henry vetoed yesterday, would have required anyone seeking to terminate a pregnancy to have an ultrasound within one hour before the procedure.

Oklahoma legislation has stooped to a new low, in my opinion.


Well, according to the Oklahoma House of Representatives’ website, Senate Bill 1878 “provides a woman with an ultrasound of her unborn child which she can view prior to undergoing the abortion”, which sounds fairly innocuous and more like a much requested service finally being made available. But then you read further into Senate Bill 1878 and you find (according to the Tulsa World):

If it became law, the measure would require women or girls who seek abortions to undergo ultrasounds within one hour of the procedures.

It would require that the images be displayed so that the patient could see them. It also would require the examiner to provide a medical description of the images, including dimensions of the embryo or fetus and the presence of cardiac activity.

That’s a whole horse of a different color, my friends.

Providing” is a far cry from “requiring to undergo“.

So what are you thinking, Pam? Shock these women/girls out of going through with it? Shame them out of it? Guilt trip them out of it? Do you really mean to imply these women/girls don’t know the gravity of their decision or haven’t seriously thought it through? Maybe you think they’ve just been out there screwing their brains out willy-nilly thinking all along that if they end up pregnant, no biggie, they can just go get an abortion. Come on, Pam. Really?

“The legislation enacts several common-sense reforms respecting the sanctity of life that have been embraced by members of both political parties,” says Ms. Peterson. “The more information a woman can have before making this life-altering decision, the better.”

Excuse me, Pam, but if you’re requiring an ultrasound within an hour before an abortion – you’re not trying to inform before the life-altering decision is made. If that were the case, you’d require this earlier in the process, before the decision has been made, not at the last minute. Instead, you’re trying to change the decision that’s already been made…with manipulative and emotionally abusive tactics, at that.

How do you tout “sanctity of life” with no more regard than this for the living?