Rather than debate an anti-abortion measure in a committee specializing in health and human services, a Democrat in Illinois moved the bill through the House Agriculture Committee. You know, the committee that deals with livestock such as cattle.
State Rep. Joseph Lyons dares to call himself a Democrat but he is nothing of the sort. After moving his bill known as HB 4085 through the Agriculture Committee, it came up for debate in front of the entire House, where Lyons then changed his mind about seeking a vote. According to The Quad-City Times, HB 4085 requires “that women about to undergo an abortion be asked if they want to see an image of the fetus.” While Illinois doesn’t force women to have an ultrasound before having an abortion, Lyons thinks doctors should make their choice more burdensome by forcing doctors ask women the question and then report to the state how many women declined.
Lyons says that women will hear a voice in their head telling them not to go through with the procedure, but opponents claim that the bill inserts government in a place where it doesn’t belong. A woman’s uterus.
Outraged women in the House moved to kill the bill by offering amendments “requiring men to watch a video on the potentially painful side effects of Viagra or similar medications before they could get a prescription. Another would have required the ultrasound offer not only before abortions but also before a host of other operations, from heart surgery to ligament repairs.” The amendments failed by a large margin. Women were also outraged about being likened to common livestock because of the fact that the bill came to the House floor from the Agriculture Committee.
“For a piece of legislation involving women’s health to be heard in the Agriculture Committee is profoundly insulting,” Democratic Rep. Kelly Cassidy of Chicago declared.