Anti-choice activists scored big on Tuesday when the Oklahoma Legislature voted to override the OK governor’s veto on two abortion bills. One of the bills is particularly blatant in its ploy to shame women into not choosing an abortion — it requires women to have an ultrasound, be shown the extremities, heart and organs of the fetus, and listen to a detailed description of the fetus before getting an abortion. Way to play on the conflicting emotions a woman may have about aborting.
I’m just really tired of ANYONE shaming women over their personal choices. This is the kind of big issue that is all about a woman being allowed agency over her body, that is rooted in the belief that women’s bodies are public property and subject to critique, ridicule, and ultimately legislation. One Oklahoma state senator said Tuesday was “a good day for the cause of life”. Really? Only the suicidally depressed are anti-life or pro-death. It’s such a joke to call it “the cause of life” as if women who choose abortion are solely concerned with eliminating what anti-choice advocates consider a “potential life”. Ironically, “pro-life” doesn’t actually mean all life, as so many people who are “pro-life” are also pro-death penalty.
Slowly, a woman’s right to choose abortion is being taken away piece by piece. Whether it’s parental consent laws, cross-state abortion bans, or allowing doctors to withhold information regarding a possible birth defect in order to prevent a woman from aborting, the effect is the same — it’s harder and harder to make an already personally difficult choice, and the circumstances involved in that choice are being regulated by the state. Our right to legally choose has always been tenuous, requiring constant defense against anti-choice advocates pushing back and gaining ground. With laws like these, our rights are being restricted to a box that eventually no woman will be able to fit into.