If you've been fuming over the Idaho debacle (land o' my loins!) involving state Senator Chuck Winder—who suggested that doctors ask pregnant rape victims if their pregnancy could've been "caused by normal relations in a marriage" before subjecting them to unnecessary ultrasounds—then reading his Facebook wall will be a soothing experience. It reads like a waterfall of fury. Idaho ladies are pissed as fuck at Winder. Here are my favorite recent comments:
·You are a butthead! Too bad they can't do an ultrasound up yours to see if you have a heart and then on up to see if you have a brain! You're just another perverted republican who should have been castrated before puberty.
·Chuck Winder Just Eminent Domained My Vag And All I Got Was This Lousy Fetus
·Politicians like you are the reason people laugh at Idaho. I hope you find solace in your rhetoric because you're a joke to the rest of the world.
·Wow. You were quick to take out my post stating that you are a MONSTER. But you are and God will punish you as you deserve.
·Champion of a bill created by a sick, dirty old man who gets off thinking about humiliating women and young girls via State Mandated Forcible Rape by physicians...awesome! So if they weren't raped before the unnecessary ultrasound, they will certainly be raped by the end of the appointment.
Speaking to that last comment, faithful Slog commenter MacCrocodile directed me to this amazing, outraged post written by a physician pissed at state requirements for transvaginal ultrasounds—and his/her fellow physicians' silence on the issue: "Fellow physicians, once again we are being used as tools to screw people over..."
I do not feel that it is reactionary or even inaccurate to describe an unwanted, non-indicated transvaginal ultrasound as “rape”. If I insert ANY object into ANY orifice without informed consent, it is rape. And coercion of any kind negates consent, informed or otherwise.
In all of the discussion and all of the outrage and all of the Doonesbury comics, I find it interesting that we physicians are relatively silent.
After all, it’s our hands that will supposedly be used to insert medical equipment (tools of HEALING, for the sake of all that is good and holy) into the vaginas of coerced women.
...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...
Go read the whole thing. Truly, it'll make your day.