January 14, 2014 5:39 pm -

There’s a caveat that the mother-in-law would have to prove that her daughter-in-law was having the abortion because of the sex of the fetus, but Wisconsin Republicans are trying anything they can to narrow the options women have for reproductive rights.

Under an obscure provision of SB 201, which provides injunctive relief for a “parent or a grandparent,” a particularly meddling mother-in-law who got wind of a planned abortion could go to court and get an injunction against the abortion provider, ordering them not to perform the abortion…

For example, a mother-in-law could get wind-of a planned abortion at clinic X, go to court claiming that this was a gender abortion based on previous pro-boy or pro-girl statements of the daughter-in-law. This law is so vague, that such a claim by the mother-in-law could be enough to get an injunction on the abortion.

Even if the meddling mother-in-law doesn’t win, simply filing a claim would allow her to open up her daughter-in-law’s personal medical records for court inspection, and force the daughter-in-law to answer to a court for her lawful decision to end a pregnancy.

Finally, what every Wisconsin woman wants: Their mother-in-law making their health decisions for them.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.