Mar 27, 2006
Governor Jennifer Granholm, the Democrat from Michigan, says she will sign a bill into law requiring doctors to tell pregnant women they can view an ultrasound of their fetus before having an abortion.
This law has nothing to do with informing women about ultrasounds. Everybody knows what they are. It’s one more way for the state to insinuate its way into the doctor’s office, to harass and intimidate women seeking abortions and discourage doctors from providing abortion services. It makes women act as policemen against themselves. Laws like this have been the mechanism by which access to abortion has been nibbled away at, by hook or by crook, until it has become practically unavailable in many areas of the country.
Unlike the open reactionaries in the South Dakota legislature who voted to ban abortion outright, closet reactionaries like Granholm find ways to restrict access to abortion little by little, while parading themselves around as champions of women’s rights.
If the politicians are so anxious to pass requirements helping women, where’s the law saying all pregnant women must be provided with medical care? Why not say any woman who has a child must be given money to raise that child? How about a law saying every woman who wants it must be given access to abortion?