Women in Missouri? What are you thinking? (contains explicit language)

What are women thinking?  Those in Missouri seem to be thinking they have nothing to do with the Planned Parenthood clinic that is being forced to perform government sanctioned rape on their clients, then forcing those clients to wait three days (or more) to receive an abortion.

Yea, I DID say government sanctioned rape. For that is what a medically UN-Necessary pelvic exam truly is.

That’s just the latest requirement for abortion clinics in Missouri. Except there is only ONE abortion clinic in Missouri. ONE.

Over the last few years, Missouri has imposed more and more regulations in regards to the licensing of abortion clinics in an attempt to force them out of business.

Missouri has imposed through the legislature a three day waiting period.  Now, the state office that REGULATES clinics has created a new regulation…….TWO pelvic exams prior to a client getting an abortion. TWO. One is bad enough. Two is rape.

The doctors are having to explain that even though their patient has no medical need for that second exam, the state is forcing them to give one.

The patients are finding themselves apologizing to the doctors for having to go through with a second exam. The doctors are having to choose between the ethics of giving an exam over the ethics of providing good patient care. No one is coming out of this situation unscathed.

Why are the women in Missouri putting up with this situation?

Why aren’t they going en masse to the state capitol and screaming their heads off over it?

Regardless of your beliefs in abortion, it is the law of this land……….don’t like abortions? Don’t get one.

Every woman has the absolute and CONSTITUTIONAL right to have access to one.

Any woman who has had a pelvic exam will tell you they are not just “uncomfortable”. They are invasive and painful. They are embarrassing at best.

Let me explain in graphic terms what occurs. Then maybe you will see why I call a second exam a RAPE.

You are taken into an exam room, strip naked and put on a paper gown opening in the front, and sit on a COLD table in a cold room and wait. A doctor and nurse will appear, ask you to move downwards on the table and place your feet into Ice cold steel harnesses, lie back and spread open your legs as wide as you can.

A strong light is positioned so it shines directly on your genitals. It is HOT. A GOOD doctor will explain each step of the procedure…most I have encountered do NOT.

The doctor will insert an instrument known as a speculum into the vagina. The speculum is a stainless steel or plastic device that resembles a duckbill. Women should breathe deeply and try to relax their vaginal, rectal, and abdominal muscles during insertion. Sometimes doctors will warm up the speculum beforehand. In over 40 years of having an annual pelvic exam I have NEVER had a doctor warm up a speculum!

The doctor may swipe the cervix, before removing the speculum, with something that looks like a small spatula. The spatula gathers cells for later examination.

This procedure is known as a Pap smear. By looking at the cells, the doctor can diagnose conditions such as cancer and sexually transmitted diseases. When this procedure is done it feels as if someone has inserted a hot needle into your cervix. It is a hot, sharp pinch that creates cramping for about two days afterwards in my experience.

The doctor will also manually inspect your internal reproductive and sexual organs. To do this, your doctor will put on lubricated gloves and insert two fingers into your vagina while using the other hand to feel your abdomen. The doctor presses down HARD in order to do this. It feels like several large bricks have been dumped on your abdomen. This manual exam looks for irregularities in the uterus or ovaries.

During this procedure, the doctor will be able to determine the size of your uterus. They can possibly check for pregnancy, as well as any abnormalities of the fallopian tubes.

Finally, the doctor will perform a rectal examination. For this exam, the doctor inserts their fingers into both the rectum and vagina simultaneously to check for abnormalities in the tissue between the two organs. THIS HURTS!  

Research has shown some groups of women are more inclined to feel physical and emotional discomfort during a pelvic exam. This includes adolescents, minorities, people with disabilities, and people who have been sexually assaulted…AND THOSE ARE THE CLIENTS THAT PLANNED PARENTHOOD MOST OFTEN SEE!

This entire situation is not about health care. It is entirely about the attempt to overturn Roe Vs. Wade. Missouri’s far right state government’s agenda is to deny any woman living in that state the ability to get an abortion. They don’t care about rape victims. They don’t care about incest victims. They don’t care about women whose lives may be forfeit by a pregnancy. They don’t care about women with no means to support a child. They simply do not care. They “care’ about imposing their religious beliefs upon every female in the state…or the country.

And the women of Missouri remain silent.

 

 

 

 

17 thoughts on “Women in Missouri? What are you thinking? (contains explicit language)

  1. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    My thoughts exactly!! Where are the Missouri women? … ‘This entire situation is not about health care. It is entirely about the attempt to overturn Roe Vs. Wade. Missouri’s far right state government’s agenda is to deny any woman living in that state the ability to get an abortion. They don’t care about rape victims. They don’t care about incest victims. They don’t care about women whose lives may be forfeit by a pregnancy. They don’t care about women with no means to support a child. They simply do not care. They “care’ about imposing their religious beliefs upon every female in the state … or the country … And the women of Missouri remain silent!!

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      1. You are most welcome!! Saw this on Rachel’s show last night. Continues tonight!!

        Arrgghh! Handmaid’s Tale … 😦

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  2. Suze, thank you for the information. I had no idea.😡

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    1. Oklahoma tried to do the same thing last spring…we rose up and descended upon the capital……….and shouted them down. I do NOT understand how the women in Missouri can fail to do the same.

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      1. Maybe they will – this is a relatively new directive, right?

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      2. yes…this month’s directive. the waiting period was from January and went into effect in March. wankers!

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  3. Ok, I am the most worldly person I know (tells you a lot about my social circle) but what is a ‘wanker’?

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    1. A contemptible person. One of the signs the protestors against Trump held in the UK this week called him a ‘wanker’. Fits, don’t you think?

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      1. Aw heck, and I thought it would make me blush. Yep, trump is definitely a wanker.

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      2. According to Jamie’s comment on my post, ‘wanking’ would likely make you blush 😉

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    2. British term for someone who masturbates constantly….

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      1. Ohhhhhhh, I see…..no, no, no….I don’t want to see. That is the most horrible trump visual to date. Yuck!

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  4. It would be bad enough if it were only Missouri, but this is becoming a trend among states, particularly in the south … all in hopes of getting to the Supreme Court to overturn Roe. Sigh. It’s still a man’s world, and women are still viewed as second-class citizens by some.

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  5. It’s not so much about protecting embryos but more about stripping away women’s rights. I saw a meme the other day that said something like Women of the future are going to be so pissed that they had more rights as embryos than they do as actual people.

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  6. As a Missouri woman, there’s so much our legislature is doing against our interests. Mom’s Demand has made numerous trips to the Capitol, but we need an organized group to fight for women’s rights.

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    1. you are so right! We have started one in Oklahoma but it is so difficult to organize when people are screaming about political parties..this goes so far beyond political, but I’m not sure how to get that particular message across. Until we all stand up though nothing will get done.

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