In July Wisconsin Tea Party governor Scott Walker signed into law a mandatory ultrasound bill which forces women to submit to a medically unnecessary ultrasound in order to attempt to emotionally damage and shame women for seeking to end a pregnancy. This means the forced penetration of a vaginal ultrasound if the pregnancy is at five weeks or less. Scott Walker calls this emotional terrorism necessary in order that women can make an “informed decision.” The law also forces the closure of nearly all the clinics where abortions can be performed.
According to Wisconsin Planned Parenthood,
“This law will drastically limit a woman’s ability to obtain a safe and legal abortion in Wisconsin by imposing burdensome and medically unnecessary requirements on doctors that provide this essential care,” said ACLU of Wisconsin Legal Director Larry Dupuis. “This law was rammed through the legislature in a matter of days and now, with a stroke of his pen, the governor has put the very health and well-being of Wisconsin women and families at immediate risk.”
Sarah Silverman doesn’t think state-sanctioned forced penetration of women against their will is equal to helping them make an “informed decision.”
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) July 5, 2013
Predictably, GOP/Tea Partiers don’t like the idea of forced penetration for themselves. Because Colorado politician Joe Salazar re-tweeted Sarah’s remarks, Colorado Republicans cried “Rape!” Really.
“It’s fine to disagree with Gov Walker, but it’s not OK for Joe Salazar to call for the governor to be raped. Rep Salazar’s tweet is demeaning and offensive to victims everywhere,” Republicans said in a Press Release.
See if you can follow this GOP/Tea Party “logic” – forced penetration of women = ok. forced penetration of women seeking to end a rape pregnancy = ok. But don’t joke about probing a Republican governor so he can make an informed decision, because that’s “demeaning and offensive” to victims.
Women of America – are you paying attention? It’s time to end the misogynist GOP/Tea Party reign of terror!