Provision to Ohio budget could tighten abortion restrictions

It only took a day to blow my Wendy Davis high. Attacks on women’s access to abortion are happening in Ohio. In the process of passing a state budget, Ohio Republicans added a provision at the last minute that would require the following:

“…a doctor to use external medical means – likely an abdominal ultrasound – to find the heartbeat. The doctor would then have to notify the woman about the presence of the heartbeat and the fetus’ likelihood of surviving to full term.”

Rules like this one really get my tits in a twirl because they re-emphasize the fact that we do not trust women to be able to make choices about their bodies and lives. Instead, we think it’s our job to inform women what they are “getting into” by choosing to terminate a pregnancy.

The provision would also prioritize “other clinics” over abortion providers in the disbursement of  taxpayer dollars. What “other clinics” you wonder? Crisis pregnancy centers no doubt, whose sole purpose is to stop women from getting abortions.

And finally the provision would make it so:

“public hospitals would be unable to make required patient-transfer agreements with abortion clinics.

To stay open, clinics would have to find a private hospital willing to make the agreement, a concern for centers in areas without a private hospital or with private hospitals that have religious affiliations.”

We’ve seen TRAP laws like this pop up in other states. The logic is simple, if we can’t stop women from choosing to get abortions, let’s block their access to those services.

*gags*

Feministing's resident "sexpert", Sesali is a published writer and professional shit talker. She is a queer Black girl, fat girl, and trainer. She was the former Training Director at the United States Student Association and later a member of the Youth Organizing team at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She received her bachelors in Women's and Gender Studies from Depaul University in 2012 and is currently pursuing a master's in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta. A self identified "trap" feminist, and trained with a reproductive justice background, her interests include the intersections of feminism and: pop culture, youth culture, social media, hip hop, girlhood, sexuality, race, gender, and Beyonce. Sesali joined the team in 2010 as one of the winners of our So You Think You Can Blog contest.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/voodoolady/ Emily

    I’m kind of blown away by the presumption that a doctor can determine the likelihood that a fetus will make it to term from only the heartbeat at an undetermined gestational age. Especially considering that doctors don’t really know what causes most miscarriages, if I understand correctly. The whole thing is jaw dropping, but I’m just fixated on the idea that these lawmakers know so much more about medicine and science than doctor’s and scientists. (yeah, obvious.)