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OKAY, so I know I just posted how I'm going on hiatus, but I can't not share these articles before I go for real. Like, what the fuck.

Strict Abortion Measures Enacted in Oklahoma
Though other states have passed similar measures requiring women to have ultrasounds, Oklahoma’s law goes further, mandating that a doctor or technician set up the monitor so the woman can see it and describe the heart, limbs and organs of the fetus. No exceptions are made for rape and incest victims.

A similar law passed in Florida:

Senate focuses on abortion debate in final hours
Florida’s Republican-led Senate pushed through an 11th-hour provision Wednesday that would require women seeking an abortion in their first trimester of pregnancy to pay for ultrasound exams.

The amendment, which had not been debated during committee meetings, was attached to a health care bill (HB 1143) by a 22-17 vote following two hours of emotional debate. It also requires that women must view a live ultrasound image unless they could prove they were a victim of rape, domestic violence or incest by providing a copy of a restraining order, police report, medical record, or other court order or documentation.

Victims of such crimes would still be required to have the ultrasound exam and pay for the procedure, which lawmakers estimated average between $350 and $400.
cornhobble: (RAGE)
Time to end pelvic exams done without consent
Medical students routinely practice doing internal pelvic examinations while surgery patients are unconscious, and without getting specific consent, at least in Canada.

This pisses me off so much I don't even. That is a clear violation of rights and I cannot believe it's legal in Canada. They say medical students need to learn pelvic examination techniques, and women might not consent to having such an invasive examination done if it is not necessary. Yeah, well, TOO FUCKING BAD. Women's bodies are not fucking playgrounds for fumbling med students to practice on, what the fuck.


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