FTBer Steven Andrew of Zingularity emailed about a very interesting little twist in the debate over abortion and mandatory sonograms. As you no doubt know by now, Virginia is trying to pass a bill that would require invasive sonograms — literally, a piece of medical equipment inserted into a woman’s vagina by order of the government — before anyone can get an abortion. But think about this…
The same people pushing for these mandatory sonogram bills have also been pushing for years for “conscience clauses” to allow people to refuse to perform medical procedures or even dispense medication if it violates their religious beliefs, like allowing pharmacists to refuse to fill prescriptions for birth control. So what do you suppose they would say if a doctor refused to perform this government-mandated invasive sonogram as a matter of conscience?
In fact, any doctor should refuse to do so under their Hippocratic oath. No doctor should perform a government-mandated test that is medically unnecessary, as such procedures will nearly always be. And isn’t it funny that these same people who push those two ideas are also the same ones who scream about tyranny when the government does almost anything, but it doesn’t bother them in the least to pass laws that require doctors to perform unnecessary and invasive procedures?
If anyone else in any other setting inserted something in a woman’s vagina without her consent, they would be guilty of rape. And yet that is exactly what the Christian right wants the government to require, with the consent of neither the patient or the doctor. Tyranny, indeed.