Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Of Course They Did

The Republicans in the NC Senate, not to be outdone by the troglodytes of Texas and Ohio and not to be out-shone by Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin, have suddenly sprung upon the women of North Carolina some sweeping new anti-abortion laws and tacked them all onto a bill about prohibiting Sharia law, which is funny, because nothing comes closer to the spirit of the Taliban than this latest expression of "we don't trust women to make their own decisions."

The new prohibitions would...

a. allow any health care provider, not just doctors and nurses, to opt out of providing abortion-related services.

b. prohibit health plans offered on the federal health care exchanges from offering abortion coverage. It would also prohibit state funds from being used for abortions, except to save the life of the mother in case of rape or incest. It would also prohibit city and county health plans from offering abortion coverage more extensive than the coverage offered to state employees. The state health plan does not cover abortions except in cases of rape or incest or to save the life of the mother.

c. prohibit doctors from performing an abortion if they know the woman seeking it is doing so because of the gender of the baby (yeah, let's introduce a little adversarial nose-poking into the relationship between a woman and her doctor!)

d. require doctors to remain in the room for the entire abortion procedure, whether surgical or medical / chemical, thus limiting the number of abortions that a single doctor could perform.

e. require abortion clinics to have "transfer agreements" with local hospitals, thus limiting how many clinics could operate, since some hospitals would refuse to engage in such agreements. The measure is meant to be similar, but not exactly the same, as provisions in other states that require doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at local hospitals.

f. require abortion clinics to go through a licensing process similar to outpatient surgical clinics, thus making clinics more expensive to operate.

Apparently, Moral Mondays aren't nearly enough for the senators. They want a spectacle similar to the ones unfolding in Austin. We sincerely hope they get it.

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