Perhaps Scott Walker never got laid in college or has some psychological issues sexually where he feels the propensity to inflict sadistic procedures on women to fulfill some psychological sickness. Perhaps he’s a just a sadistic pervert who enjoys having Wisconsin women to have to go through unneeded, unwarranted medical procedures via transvaginal ultrasound to appease to his far-right-wing theocratic Teavangelical nutjobs that fatten his wallet. After all, he wants to run for President in 2016. So, of course, he has to be crazier than Rick Santorum. He has to be more extreme than Rick Perry. He has to be the “moderate” guy who actually fills in all the slots for religious exteemists who are ruining the Republican Party. Acting like he was a doctor (this would mean he would have to at least graduate from college), Walker muttered the reason for an unneeded medical procedure was to “improve a woman’s ability to make an informed choice that will protect her physical and mental health.”
Being a loyal Reagan Republican, he knows that Ronnie loved to embrace and appease the Far Right Wing Religious Theocrats because they have serious cash to buy elections or think Roe vs. Wade could be overturned to return to the “happy days” where back-alley abortions and coat hangers where the norm where women died from unsafe abortion complications.
So what has Walker done now in his ever-increasing love for theocratic governmental invasion in the lives of the people of Wisconsin?
Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services filed the lawsuit in federal court in Madison. They brought it against Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne, Safety and Professional Services Secretary Dave Ross and the members of the state Medical Examining Board — all of whom have authority to enforce the law or issue sanctions.
It will be heard by U.S. District Judge William Conley. It was unclear whether he would take action before the law takes effect Monday.
Planned Parenthood has abortion clinics in Milwaukee, Madison and Appleton; Affiliated has one in Milwaukee. A fifth Wisconsin clinic that offers abortions, in Green Bay, plans to stop offering abortion services on Aug. 1 for reasons unrelated to the admitting privileges law, according to the suit.
Huyck said if the suit does not block the law, Planned Parenthood would have to close its Appleton abortion clinic and offer at least 50% fewer abortions at its Milwaukee facility. Affiliated would have to close its Milwaukee clinic, according to the suit.
That would mean abortions in Wisconsin would not be available north of Madison, and after the 19th week of pregnancy would not be available anywhere in the state, according to the suit.
The clinics are asking the court to immediately block the law, contending it violates the constitution’s due process guarantee, puts an undue burden on a woman’s right to choose abortion and unconstitutionally treats doctors who perform abortions differently than doctors who perform other procedures.
Since using the transvaginal sonogram procedure has been declared unneeded as part of the medical community when performing an abortion, using the sonogram tool as a form of insertion by the laws of Wisconsin though the perversions of Scott Walker, it is actually mandated rape by proxy through the state of Wisconsin over the advice, counsel and professional privacy between a woman and her doctor.
First degree sexual assault is defined by Wisconsin law (WI Stat 940.225) as any of the following criminal acts:
Sexual contact or sexual intercourse with another person without consent of that person and causing great bodily harm or impregnation; or
Sexual contact or sexual intercourse with another person without consent by use or threat of use of a dangerous weapon or any article used or fashioned in a manner to lead the victim reasonably to believe it to be a dangerous weapon…
If a doctor demanded that a patient have to go through an unneeded medical procedure, would that not be considered medical malpractice? If a doctor demanded Scott Walker to have an anal probe insertion for treatment of a common cough, would Walker complain? Granted, he may enjoy unneeded anal medical procedures. He should clarify that he doesn’t like to have unneeded medical procedures performed on him.
Planned Parenthood had a reaction to Walker’s decision:
Wisconsin has joined the list of states drastically restricting access to safe and legal abortion through targeted restrictions of abortion providers that medical experts agree do not enhance patient health or safety. A bill before Governor Scott Walker could end abortion access at two abortion providers in the state, including a Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin health center in Appleton, as well as Affiliated Medical Services in Milwaukee, almost immediately, as well as severely restrict access at the remaining health centers. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, represented by the Wisconsin firm Cullen Weston Pines & Bach and attorneys for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, announced today it will file suit in federal court to block the law as soon as Governor Walker signs the legislation into law. If the law is not blocked, abortion would only be available to women in Madison and Milwaukee, forcing women in many parts of the state to travel, in many instances, at least an extra 200 miles roundtrip away from home to access safe and legal abortion — a trip existing Wisconsin law already forces them to make twice.
The Wisconsin Section of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) actually do know what happens with women, their doctor and the decisions made in reproductive health matters. It is more than obvious what they think:
The medical practices surrounding elective abortion, including the role of ultrasound when medically indicated, are the domain of the physician-patient relationship, in which the government has no valid role. In some cases, an ultrasound is needed to establish the gestational age, but in many cases, gestational age may be established without the use of ultrasound. These decisions rest with the clinician. To force a physician to recite a scripted oral description of the findings if the pregnant woman declines is abusive. The proposed requirements do not make abortion safer for women, but do create unnecessary bureaucratic barriers and add both emotional and financial stress to an already difficult decision.
Intrusion into the physician-patient relationship violates the core ethical principles of patient autonomy and the informed consent process (where the patient understands the purpose of and willingly agrees to any test or procedure) and sets a dangerous precedent where government will be directing physicians on what procedures they should be required to perform on patients. Obstetricians and gynecologists maintain relationships with their patients throughout various stages of a woman’s life, relationships based on trust and respect — where patients can share their intimate medical concerns without fear of retribution and where the doctor and patient can develop an agreed upon plan-of-care that meets the medical needs of the patient and is consistent with her values. For the government to insert itself into that relationship with no insight or knowledge of specific situational details, and no ability to resolve difficult human conditions, is wrong. To attach a civil penalty for non-adherence to this requirement, which many physicians would find ethically wrong and/or medically unsound, only serves to increase the unacceptability of this legislation.
Like other extremist policies that Walker has signed into law involving voter disenfranchisement and collective bargaining, the new extremist abortion policies are now headed to the courts:
The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Wisconsin, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin filed a lawsuit today challenging a state law that places medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion providers that would severely restrict women’s access to safe and legal abortion in a state where access is already heavily restricted. Two of only four health centers providing safe and legal abortion today could be forced to close.
The law requires every physician who performs an abortion at a clinic to have staff privileges at a local hospital. Doctors and leading medical groups, such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Wisconsin Public Health Association, oppose this requirement because it prevents women from getting safe, high quality health care. Federal courts in Alabama and Mississippi recently blocked staff privilege requirements like Wisconsin’s after the courts found that they were likely unconstitutional and would prevent women from obtaining abortions. A similar requirement is part of the package of bills currently generating substantial opposition and attention in Texas.
“This law will drastically limit a woman’s ability to obtain a safe and legal abortion in Wisconsin by imposing burdensome and medically unnecessary requirements on doctors that provide this essential care,” said ACLU of Wisconsin Legal Director Larry Dupuis. “This law was rammed through the legislature in a matter of days and now, with a stroke of his pen, the governor has put the very health and wellbeing of Wisconsin women and families at immediate risk.”
Now the whole thing is on hold, at least temporarily.
U.S. District Judge William Conley granted the order following a hearing in a lawsuit filed Friday by Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and Affiliated Medical Services. It alleged the requirement would unconstitutionally restrict the availability of abortions in the state, violates the U.S. Constitution’s due process guarantee and unconstitutionally treats doctors who perform abortions differently from those who perform other procedures.
The restraining order will remain in place pending a fuller hearing July 17. In his ruling, Conley said “there is a troubling lack of justification for the hospital admitting privileges requirement.” He said the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that states must prove that restrictions on abortion rights must be reasonably aimed at preserving the mother’s health.
“Moreover, the record to date strongly supports a finding that no medical purpose is served by this requirement,” he said.
The bill was introduced in the Legislature on June 4, passed nine days later and signed into law Friday by Gov. Scott Walker. It took effect Monday. The law also requires women to obtain an ultrasound before getting an abortion, but that provision is not being challenged.
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Walker has chosen chauvinistic, paternalistic extremism upon the women of Wisconsin because he loves his political career so much. His disregard for women’s reproductive rights and privacy mean very little to him and the Republican Party that continue their War on Women.