The Bill made it through the Illinois Agricultural Committee 11-2, but since then it has been saddled with 5 Amendments. Joe Lyons addressed the Illinois House and said of the amendments, “That’s what you call, ladies and gentlemen, a hostile amendment to kill a bill.” Lyons asked the lawmakers to withdraw their amendments and simply debate the bill in the full House.
Lyons' bill is euphemistically called the UltraSound Opportunity Act, which gives Doctors the glorius "Opportunity" to shove a transvaginal probe all up inside the dirty, dirty, ladyparts of
Lyons, is a Democrat but he's also a devout Catholic, having attended DePaul University for his Bachleror's and Master's Degrees. However, the co-sponsors of his bill included 13 Republicans and only 4 Democrats and of the 19 only 3 are women.
This just goes beyond disgusting. Republicans joined by these zealous Democratic religious fanatics are imposing the power of Government onto Americans. Sadly, it appears the Doctors are going to have to bear the burden of resisting unjust laws because if there's one truism of conservatives it's that they love the power of Big Government when that power is used to oppress people and violate Americans' civil rights.
Fortunately, there very well may be a resistance by Physicans into being made the Tools of Right-Wing Oppressors. From the blog Whatever by John Scalzi comes this guest post by an Anonymous Doctor;
Fellow physicians, once again we are being used as tools to screw people over. This time, it’s the politicians who want to use us to implement their morally reprehensible legislation. They want to use our ultrasound machines to invade women’s bodies, and they want our hands to be at the controls. Coerced and invaded women, you have a problem with that? Blame us evil doctors. We are such deliciously silent scapegoats.This brave Doctor may be willing to do what the pseudo-Oathkeepers only claimed to aspire to, which is resist an unjust law which seeks to humiliate, shame, degrade, punish and reduce women to the status of second-class citizens devoid even of the basic right to control their own bodies.
It is our responsibility, as always, to protect our patients from things that would harm them. Therefore, as physicians, it is our duty to refuse to perform a medical procedure that is not medically indicated. Any medical procedure. Whatever the pseudo-justification.
It’s time for a little old-fashioned civil disobedience.
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