“I don’t have any problem with ultrasound. I think most people think ultrasounds are just fine.” – Scott Walker
The July 4th weekend is the perfect time for Scott Walker to sign the forced transvaginal ultrasound bill SB 206 in Wisconsin, isn’t it?
But can he really keep quiet a bill that promises to shut down half of Wisconsin’s abortion clinics and probe its citizenry? Walking the tight rope between pleasing his anti-choice blok and passing for moderate is a serious and important challenge for a Gov with his eyes on the White House.
I don’t think it’s working.
Politico picked up the AP story on this which begins, “Gov. Scott Walker quietly signed a contentious Republican bill Friday…”
TPM gave a nod to Walker’s stealthiness with “Scott Walker Quietly Signs Bill Requiring Ultrasounds For Wisconsin Abortions”
The deficit in pomp and circumstance for THIS rights reduction is jarring. What has become of Scott Walker’s little bill-signing table this weekend? And the jaunty ALL-CAPS sign? Times have changed so much. I won’t draw a comparison to the rights-strippin’ daddy of them all, Act 10 of 2011 but I will ponder a few of Scott Walker’s usual photo-op-bill-signings.
In this photograph from July of 2011, Scott Walker signs the Wisconsin Personal Protection Act which authorizes conceal carry firearms. Can you spot NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre? The crowd’s so big we can barely see the wheelchair of Dave “get outta my rotunda” Zien on the left side of the frame.
The photograph below is helpful and I can see why Scott Walker does this sort of thing. I did not realize that the bill that would allow the world’s largest open pit iron mine in pristine lands near Lake Superior was at any time called – with a straight face – the “Mining for Jobs” bill.
In the photo below, Scott Walker is signing the 2013 budget while surrounded by veterans and small children who respectively exude sacrifice and angelic innocence. I don’t think we need to be alarmed at Walker’s squinting grimace. I suspect it is an expression the camera caught when he completed his wink to top campaign contributor and fangirl Diane Hendricks. But I’m not sure. He may want to get that checked.
In all seriousness, I do feel jilted being denied any props for this bill.
Think about it.
When Wisconsin got a mine bill from the dim legal minds of Gogebic Taconite, we saw hard hatted men eager to peel back earth and despoil streams. With this bill signing women of Wisconsin are kept in suspense – denied the sight of joyous white-coated technicians, their ultrasound wands and re-education brochures held aloft. With this private secret signing we are denied the vision of rosary-clutchers falling to knees for a Gov who delivers by literally ensuring more women deliver.
Even worse, now that the right to an abortion in Wisconsin is narrowing to the width of a plank, women are not getting a state-sanctioned message on a pre-printed sign to rest their troubled minds upon.
What does Scott Walker want us to think?!
“Sharia Law 2013”?
“Government. Small enough to fit in your vagina”?
The laughable sign would be a relief to me because the not-so-subtle message this bill sends is “We now have control of your body”.
The bold and self-proclaimed ‘courageous’ Scott Walker of 2011 has been replaced with the stategic Scott Walker of 2013.
Meanwhile Planned Parenthood has filed a lawsuit in federal court which may block Walker’s bill.
Come Monday, will everybody keep calm and mope along – or get irate and agitate?
I have the feeling we should, and we will, join those women wielding coat hangers and that nothing would displease the ‘moderate’ Scott Walker more.
Photos of Focus on Jobs, Not Vaginas are from Occupy Milwaukee.
The signage tweak is by Michael Martin
Here’s the facebook page of Focus on Jobs, Not on Vaginas.
Footnote: The title is a riff on Big Stick ideology