A clever and competent reader posted this link on our facebook wall last night, and wrote, "Hey, you guys are awesome, and I know you care about stuff like this, so I wanted to let you know what's going on here in Alabama with women's health, in case you hadn't already heard."
We do care about stuff like this, indeed. We are very interested in exposing reprehensible scare tactics and ridiculous accusations that progressives use to push their mythical War on Women propaganda, and this was a perfect example. RIGHT ON THE ACLU'S OWN WEBSITE.
It's what every pregnant woman fears. There she is excited to be pregnant for the first time. She is finally getting over the morning sickness, and she and her husband have just shared the happy news with their friends and family. Then, one night the unimaginable happens. She is lying in bed and she begins to feel immense pain and cramping. She knows something isn't right. She goes to the bathroom and she sees blood. Quickly, she wakes up her husband and the two of them rush to the emergency room.
All miscarriages can be devastating. But, for women in Alabama, this nightmare could soon get a lot worse. This week, the Alabama Senate is set to consider a cruel bill (HB 31) that would permit the hospital staff, including any doctor, nurse, counselor, or lab technician, to refuse to participate in any phase of patient medical care related to ending a pregnancy, even if that is what a patient like this woman needs to protect her own health and future fertility.
Yes, you heard that right. Under this law, if you or a loved one is pregnant and go to an emergency room in Alabama because of serious complications, every medical professional in that emergency room could refuse to help you if the care you needed to protect you from serious harm to your health required ending the pregnancy.
"That can't be true," you say. "How could a doctor at my local hospital turn me away and refuse to treat me? Isn't that malpractice?"
The Alabama legislature is one step ahead of you. The bill would also protect health care professionals from liability for refusing to provide necessary medical care. What's more, the bill would exempt the hospital from liability under Alabama law. This means that even if the hospitals know that the on-duty doctor won't provide appropriate medical care, Alabama law says that in most cases they have no obligation to find someone who will. In effect, the Alabama legislature is saying to a pregnant woman in distress, "Good luck. You are on your own."
Fortunately, there is something you can do. We may not all agree about abortion, but we can all agree that people in Alabama deserve the peace of mind of knowing that when they or a loved one go to a hospital seeking emergency care, they will get the medical care they need. Please help get the word out about this dangerous bill. Share this blog on Facebook and Twitter, and let politicians know where you stand by signing our pledge to fight back against attacks on women's health. But please act quickly. The House has already passed this dangerous bill and the Senate could take it up any day.
Now, if you're a person with Actual Brains, you didn't even need to click on the link to the Actual Bill, because you are smart enough to see right through the incredible pile of bullsh*t you just read. But in case you want further reassurance that Jenny Lee is a despicable hosebeast, just look at the fact that she outrageously suggested a pregnant woman who wants her baby would be TURNED AWAY from treatment in the midst of a miscarriage she cannot possibly help. And then read these two sections of the Actual Bill:
(d) Notwithstanding any other provision in this act,
4 in a life-threatening situation where no other health care
5 provider is available or capable of providing or participating
6 in a health care service, a health care provider shall provide
7 and participate in treatment, care, or procedures until an
8 alternate health care provider capable of providing or
9 participating in the emergency treatment, care, or procedures
10 is found or otherwise becomes available."
Section 7. The provisions of this act shall not
9 apply to health care institutions or employers who are
10 licensed by the State of Board of Health as abortion clinics.
11 Further, nothing in this act shall modify, amend, repeal, or
12 supersede any provision of Section 6-5-333 of the Code of
13 Alabama 1975, or any judicial interpretation thereof."
So see, Jenny Lee has written a column which she hopes naive women will read and BELIEVE, so that she and others can perpetuate stories about how meeeeeeeeeeean conservatives are for wanting to protect the lives of unborn children.
Can you even imagine a scenario in which every single doctor, nurse, and other hospital staff member present at the time Jenny Lee's imaginary miscarrying woman shows up in the ER mutually decides to let the woman leave "in distress?" Can you even FATHOM such a thing? If you can't, congratulations. You live in reality.
Jenny Lee - you're probably right to believe that liberal women without the ability to think for themselves will fall for your unbelievably disgusting display of fear mongering. But you're quite mistaken if you think for one second that women with Actual Brains won't see right through your crap.