By Brittany Worthington
It seems that K students will have further reason to protest Michigan lawmakers as the trend of undermining women’s reproductive rights continues. A newly proposed bill in the Michigan Senate would require a doctor to perform an ultrasound, offer a description of the ultrasound, and give the woman the opportunity to listen to the heartbeat and keep a hard copy of the sonogram as a “keepsake,” two hours before an abortion procedure.
In April, Kalamazoo students attended a rally in Lansing to protest a number of recent issues including the move to de-fund Planned Parenthood. With the introduction of this new bill, it seems more and more like Republican lawmakers are out to attack women, especially those of low-income.
Essentially the bill is meant to guilt-trip women seeking an abortion. There is no medical justification for these measures — only ideological drivel. Some Republicans treat the lack of an ultrasound before an abortion as some sort of liberal conspiracy.
In an article from the Michigan Messenger, the president of the organization Citizens for Traditional Values, James Muffett, said: “It seems quite suspect that abortion providers do not already do this. Maybe they know that there really is a living baby in the womb and if the mother saw that, she might change her mind.”
Yes, it’s some great cover-up. Doctors want to murder babies and women aren’t intelligent enough to make an informed decision without the use of a visual aid.
Oh, there’s a fetus in there? I thought it was just a sea monkey. In that case, cancel the abortion. I’m so glad you provided me with a picture to clear that up!
Allowing women to receive an abortion without personal shame or guilt isn’t liberal thinking. It’s just logic.
This bill completely devalues a woman’s personal choice, disregards family, economic and personal circumstances, and presupposes that choosing to get an abortion involves little thought. This bill is an attempt to shame women for the choice they have made — a choice that may have been difficult enough to make in the first place. But then again I’m forgetting that when it comes to reproductive rights, privileged white men know best. Maybe you could show me a picture of one to remind me.