Ultrasound Publicity Stunt by Brandi Swindell and Other Extremists

After the senate vote on the state rape bill, Senator Nuxoll stated:

Stanton Health Care, a crisis pregnancy center, will sponsor a live ultrasound demonstration in the state Capitol on Wednesday afternoon entitled, “Voices from the Womb.” Three Stanton clients, one in each trimester of pregnancy, will participate, Nuxoll said. “Idaho will be the first state in the nation to have a live ultrasound display in the Statehouse,” she said....

Betsy noted that, actually, Ohio did this last year. While not novel, both stunts suggest a coordinated national campaign to the additional cost for the unnecessary procedure. So who is this Stanton Healthcare sponsoring the stunt? The answer is right in this video.

Its clear by Brandi's breathless recitation, that 1) despite God providing her a "medical facility" she has no interest in performing science based health care; 2) ultrasounds seem to be the single most critical item in the facility; and 3) the most "amazing" thing about the space is that God put it right next to Planned Parenthood.

Stanton Healthcare is an assumed business name filed by Brandi for Generation Life, Inc. a non-profit Idaho corporation in good standing. Generation Life has three directors Brandi, Lila Afoa of Boise, and Reverend Patrick J. Mahoney of Fredricksburg, Virginia. You may recall Virginia also passed similar extreme legislation. Reverend Mahoney was the excited man in the video above who has a rather extensive list of extreme right wing anti-abortion activism. Reverend Mahoney is the executive director of the Christian Defense Coalition whose primary impetus was in banging the drums on the Terry Schiavo fiasco. From his actions as chronicled by Right Wing Watch, Reverend Mahoney appears to hate Muslims, accuses Barrack of lying about his Christianity, called for the president's impeachment, and dressed Scarlett Johannsen in KKK robes because of her ad for Planned Parenthood. It should then come as no surprise that Reverend Mahoney is a former leader of Operation Rescue, an infamous organization implicated in the murder of Dr. George Tiller.

As it stands, it is unclear whether Brandi and her cohorts will obtain a pecuniary benefit from the publicity stunt or from the legislation itself which appears to impose the expense of obtaining the equipment on the abortion provider, and from there, presumably, on to the patient. But as the only doctor in the senate debate, Senator Dan Schmidt (D-Moscow), observed:

Sen. Dan Schmidt, a Moscow family physician, said the abortion rate in Idaho is about one-third the national average. Information he provided indicated there were about 1,500 abortions in the state in 2010, with 95 percent of them performed in Ada County.

"We've heard debate about the risk of grief and guilt," he said. "People need to be aware that the choices they make are not casual -- but I have never seen this choice being made casually. Yet we as a state are deciding that's not enough, that a decision between a woman and her doctor needs our help, so we're going to require something else."

Presumably, most those abortions are provided by Planned Parenthood, the very office the sign for which Brandi was bragging about in the video. Planned Parenthood issued a statement on the ultrasound demonstration in the Statehouse:

“Broadcasting an ultrasound isn’t testimony—it’s political theater. Tomorrow’s unprecedented ultrasound display at the Idaho statehouse has nothing to do with women's health or women's safety, but instead has everything to do with scoring political points. “This is a political stunt using women’s health as theater and women’s bodies as a stage. Politicians in Boise have no business playing politics with women's health in this way. “Forcing doctors to use ultrasounds for political, and not medical, reasons is the very definition of government intrusion. Women who seek to terminate a pregnancy do so prior to 12 weeks gestation 90 percent of the time. An abdominal ultrasound would not provide the detail or the heart beat sounds required by law.

Indeed and to buttress the point, this Texas woman's poignant recitation of her re-victimization under Texas' similar legislation underscores the cruelty of the ultrasound mandate.

My counselor said that the law required me to have another ultrasound that day, and that I was legally obligated to hear a doctor describe my baby. I’d then have to wait 24 hours before coming back for the procedure. She said that I could either see the sonogram or listen to the baby’s heartbeat, adding weakly that this choice was mine.

“I don’t want to have to do this at all,” I told her. “I’m doing this to prevent my baby’s suffering. I don’t want another sonogram when I’ve already had two today. I don’t want to hear a description of the life I’m about to end. Please,” I said, “I can’t take any more pain.” I confess that I don’t know why I said that. I knew it was fait accompli. The counselor could no more change the government requirement than I could. Yet here was a superfluous layer of torment piled upon an already horrific day, and I wanted this woman to know it.

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God works in mysterious ways

Thanks for posting this, Sis.

I Know I'm a Little Slow . . .

. . . but I've been trying to understand how this political theater was allowed to happen using my tax dollars??? Given that over 80% of abortions provided to Idahoan women in 2010 were before the 9th week of gestation, the "demonstration" was flatly dishonest and completely irrelevant unless the demonstration included transvaginal ultrasounds for the first trimester. Did they???

In any case, can you imagine those old fool politicians providing a hearing room for a scientific presentation about why neither embryos nor fetuses are children? And, can you imagine the deafening whining from the Christian Taliban about allowing taxpayer resources to be used for it?

Which takes me back to: how did that nonsense come about and why should I have had to pay for it?!

Inquiring minds...

...are asking the right questions.

I Didn't Know . . .

I consider myself to know a bit about how things work: lots of people know a lot more than I do, but I like to think I know a little more than at least some people.

Apparently, those hearing rooms like Swindell used for her anti-choice "Aren't ultrasounds WONDERFUL" demonstration are scheduled by the secretaries for the Speaker of the House and the Pro Tem of the Senate, *not* by the non-partisan Legislative Affairs office as any resaonable person would think.

I heard through the grapevine that Sen. Nuxoll wanted to close the meeting so that only legislators would be allowed, but she was told that wasn't OK. Ya think?!?!

In any case, how those rooms are scheduled kind of adds another piece to the puzzle for me why things are so dang one-sided at the Capitol. I think the odds are slim-to-none that any group supporting reproductive choice would ever be allowed to pull the kind of stunt Swindell got away with.

Oh, well . . . it's over for now, but it will be back again next legislative session. Like a bad case of food poisoning.