Talk about your bipolar government. Earlier this month, women who'd been sterilized by the state of North Carolina told their horrifying stories to a committee about how painful life is not being able to give birth because lawmakers/social workers/all around assholes thought they weren't good enough. Now, fast forward 30 years and look at the N.C.'s GOP controlled General Assembly try to infringe on reproductive rights again.
This time, lawmakers wanted to make women who were considering abortion take extra steps before going ahead with the procedure. (The bill was recently vetoed by Bev Perdue.)
The legislation also required medical personnel to present to patients an ultrasound image of the fetus along with information about possible risks.
"This bill is a dangerous intrusion into the confidential relationship that exists between women and their doctors," the Democratic governor said in a statement.
"The bill contains provisions that are the most extreme in the nation in terms of interfering with that relationship."
Barbara Holt, president of North Carolina Right to Life, said the proposed law would not be an intrusion into the doctor-patient relationship because most women who undergo abortion usually have no relationship with the doctor who performs the procedure.
"Most women who have abortions say they have never seen the doctor prior to the abortion and never see the doctor after," Holt told Reuters. "This is about women going to facilities that deal only in abortions."
Perdue said the bill is a case of legislators imposing their ideology on a woman's private consultations with her doctor.
Make up your mind, N.C. do you want more babies or not?
North Carolina is one of a number of states with Republican majorities seeking restrictions on abortion this year.
What's interesting and sad about the abortion debate is that it's mostly men leading the charge, telling women what they should and should not do with their bodies. The decision to have an abortion isn't something that women enter into lightly. The myth of the woman who uses abortion as birth control is outdated and wrong.
Why doesn't the government do anything about the deadbeat fathers who produce kids, then leave the state on the hook to pay for them? Here's something the General Assembly should consider: If a man has multiple children that are receiving assistance from the state, he should be subjected to a vasectomy.
I bet that will never happen.