Movement conservative Grover Norquist is famous (or infamous) for his slogan, “Our goal is to shrink government to the size where we can drown it in a bathtub.” (There are different versions of this saying). In response, some on the left will quip, when discussing the theopolitical right, that the theopolitical right wants to shrink government to the size where it will fit in the bedroom–or a woman’s vagina. Sadly, by way of Digby, we find that this does appear to be the guiding principle for the Texas Republican Party (italics mine):
Women seeking an abortion would have to first get an ultrasound under a measure approved on Thursday by the Texas House of Representatives.
The proposal, the first significant bill considered by the House this year, was designated by Republican Governor Rick Perry as an emergency priority. A similar measure has already been approved by the state Senate.
Women would have to get an ultrasound between 24 and 72 hours before an abortion, the bill says. They would view the sonogram, hear an explanation of the image and listen to the heartbeat, if it is audible.
“We want to make sure that they’re fully informed, that they understand the medical consequences, the psychological consequences and everything involved in the procedure,” said the bill’s author, Republican state Rep. Sid Miller.
Opponents said that the requirement would traumatize women already in a difficult situation. During debate on the House floor, bill opponent Rep. Carol Alvarado held up a trans-vaginal probe used for sonograms early in pregnancy to illustrate what she called a “very intrusive process.”
“This is not the jelly on the belly that most of you think,” said Alvarado, a Houston Democrat. “This is government intrusion at its best.”
Actually, I think it’s government intrusion at its worst. Keep in mind that there is no medical reason for this government-mandated vaginal intrusion. Here’s the device in question:
Here’s where it goes:
I think the Republicans aren’t being creative enough. Imagine how many women wouldn’t get abortions if they didn’t put the probe in the front side, but, instead, in the back side.
Although that would be kind of rape-ish. Whereas government-mandated vaginal penetration for no medical reason whatsoever is ok.