Whilst I was reading that article a headline in the sidebar caught my eye: "Penn Governor makes unexpected remarks on Ultrasound bill" - now I had no idea what this could be about, and expected a story about another politician making an arse of himself when talking about science/medicine. But when I read the article I could not believe what I was reading:
Whilst posing as a women's rights issue - the bill is an attempt to hamper and further remove a woman's right to an abortion. From brief research very similar bills are at various stages through the legislative bodies of different states North Carolina (Senate is seeking to overturn Governor's veto - the House already has), Texas has already passed it, Ditto Minnesota....
Corbett reaffirmed his support for the "Women's Right to Know" Act, which would require doctors to perform an ultrasound on a patient, offer her two personalized copies of the image and play and describe fetal heartbeat in detail before she can have an abortion -- "as long as it's not obtrusive."
Asked if he thinks the bill goes too far to make a woman look at the ultrasound image, Corbett responded, "You can't make anybody watch, okay? Because you just have to close your eyes.
Whilst reading about this bill/law that seems to mandate state invasion of a woman's body on religious grounds (trans-vaginal ultrasound are not ruled out) - I could not miss this link. Kansas, and Arizona are considering bills (Oklahoma has already passed one!) which allows doctors (by removing the possibility of "wrongful birth lawsuits") to lie to female patients about the health of their unborn child in order to prevent abortions. there are already 8 states that have enacted similar legislation.
I am horribly afraid that, in my ignorance, I have merely scratched the surface of this problem and my presentation of three bills does not demonstrate the enormity and scope of this movement away from women's right of self-determination and bodily privacy. But even from these three areas it is hard to conclude anything other than the religious right is determined to reduce the status and rights of women. The right of self-determination over reproduction is often seen as the most important step that a developing country can make towards an end to poverty, better societal rights in general, greater inclusivity etc. That a fair proportion of states in America are actively working in the opposite direction is criminal and moral barbarism - it is a return to the rights of women being trumped by the desires and passions of middle aged men. Women who have no control over their own reproduction are at a severe disadvantage in society - and the conclusion I am bound to make is that this is the very goal of these legislators.