A few months back, I commented on Samuel Alito going on to the Supreme Court, and advised women, somewhat tongue in cheek, to say goodbye to their uteruses as the government now controls them.
In El Salvador, which has some of the strictest anti-abortion regulations in the world, the government literally takes control of a woman's uterus if she is suspected of having had an illegal abortion.
There was a fascinating article in the Times magazine this week about what goes on in that country. Back-alley abortions are the only way for women to end a pregnancy, and women and doctors convicted of having or providing abortions are jailed for years. If a woman visits a doctor or hospital and is suspected of having had a back-alley abortion - they frequently go wrong and result in medical complications - then the authorities get involved:
“As they do in any investigation, the police collect evidence by interviewing everyone who knows the accused and by seizing her medical records. But they must also visit the scene of the crime, which, following the logic of the law, often means the woman's vagina.
"Yes, we sometimes call doctors from the Forensic Institute to do a pelvic exam," Tópez said, referring to the nation's main forensic lab, "and we ask them to document lacerations or any evidence such as cuts or a perforated uterus." In other words, if the suspicions of the patient's doctor are not conclusive enough, then in that initial 72-hour period, a forensic doctor can legally conduct a separate search of the crime scene. Tópez said, however, that vaginal searches can take place only with "a judge's permission." Tópez frequently turned the pages of a thick law book she kept at hand. "The prosecutor can order a medical exam on a woman, because that's within the prosecutor's authority," she said.
In the event that the woman's illegal abortion went badly and the doctors have to perform a hysterectomy, then the uterus is sent to the Forensic Institute, where the government's doctors analyze it and retain custody of her uterus as evidence against her.”
Just contemplate that. The government literally retains custody of the uterus as evidence.
And the GOP and the Christian right just had an orgasm thinking about that. Not that they actually have orgasams. Those are dirty.
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