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Published on March 14th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter


Is the U.S. Slowly Becoming an Extremist Theocracy?


Last week the Arizona Senate voted 20-9 to pass a law which would allow doctors to lie to women to prevent abortions. This legislation was created under the guise of shielding doctors from potential “wrongful birth” lawsuits, which might happen if physicians withhold important information from pregnant women about severe prenatal problems that could influence them to terminate their pregnancy. Similar legislation, HR 2598, has already been introduced in Kansas.

With the increasing zealotry of religious extremists like Rick Santorum, who wants to outlaw all birth control, as well as various states across the country forcing invasive mandatory transvaginal probes upon women before the government will allow them to have an abortion, I wonder if the United States has lost its way? Are we now slowly becoming an intolerant religious theocracy?

Doonesbury's censored comic stripIt is difficult to find humor in these brutal assaults upon women’s health, but not impossible. On the comics page recently Doonesbury has been dealing with the invasive forced ultrasound issue, as well as the systematic war that is being waged upon women by Republicans. Although you may have trouble finding the incisive comic this week, as many newspapers have chosen to censor the cartoon. Is this what “democracy” looks like?

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  • carol cox

    This is outrageous! and illegal… If you can’t trust your doctor to tell you the truth, who can you trust? This has to do with all those HMO’s… you no longer have your family doctor who treats the whole family… and why transvaginal sonograms? if you are pregnant or suspect it, a regular ecogram on the belly is enough… pregnancy termination should be a personal, informed choice, but not a form of birth control please…

    • http://community.importantmedia.org/rhondawinter/ Rhonda Winter

      These oppressive laws are indeed outrageous, as well as being unconstitutional violations of privacy. These systematic attacks upon women’s health are difficult to fathom and terrifying, yet it seems that they are very much on the rise across our country. How can a woman make an informed choice about such a personal important decision when she is being lied to by her own doctor?

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