Last week, in Ohio, Governor John Kasich signed a $62 billion-dollar state budget secretly packed with a slew of anti-abortion laws. Sneaking rules like mandatory ultrasound and forcing rape counselors not to speak of abortion into law without any debate or input from the people had to be one of the most underhanded moves the state GOP could possibly make. I'm sure many Ohioans are working on the best way to overturn this horrific move. As far as comedian Mike Polk is concerned, having a sense of humor may help.
He's the genius behind this cringe-worthy but hilarious new viral video entitled "How the New Ohio Budget Affects Your Vagina," which walks us through all the "hoops" ladies'll have to jump through now to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. And, hey, no worries if you're not an Ohioan, because Republicans may be pushing the very same or similar restrictions in your state, too! Check it out ...
I don't know about you, but this leaves me snickering and booing all at once. Ugh. The saddest part is that all the obstacles these new laws are setting up for women in Ohio are just a small piece of an appalling pie they've served up in this budget. The video can't even begin to cover the other restrictions, like how now, if a woman develops some sort of medical issue during an abortion, clinics can only refer them to a private hospital. And how now, rape crisis clinic counselors cannot tell sexual assault victims about abortions. And how now, many types of birth control -- like IUDs -- will be considered a form of abortion, and thus, women seeking them will have to jump through the same hoops as a woman seeking abortion.
It's so outrageous that it's enough to stop laughing and burst into tears. But what we really need to do is get angry -- and involved with the effort to fight back.
What was your reaction to this video?
Image via MikePolkJunior/YouTube