Virginia’s Proposed Ultrasound Law Is an Abomination

From Slate:

Under the new legislation, women who want an abortion will be forcibly penetrated for no medical reason. Where’s the outrage?

This week, the Virginia state Legislature passed a bill that would require women to have an ultrasound before they may have an abortion. Because the great majority of abortions occur during the first 12 weeks, that means most women will be forced to have a transvaginal procedure, in which a probe is inserted into the vagina, and then moved around until an ultrasound image is produced. Since a proposed amendment to the bill—a provision that would have had the patient consent to this bodily intrusion or allowed the physician to opt not to do the vaginal ultrasound—failed on 64-34 vote, the law provides that women seeking an abortion in Virginia will be forcibly penetrated for no medical reason. I am not the first person to note that under any other set of facts, that would constitute rape under state law.

What’s more, a provision of the law that has received almost no media attention would ensure that a certification by the doctor that the patient either did or didn’t “avail herself of the opportunity” to view the ultrasound or listen to the fetal heartbeat will go into the woman’s medical record. Whether she wants it there or not. I guess they were all out of scarlet letters in Richmond.

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  1. Kodie,

    Although this is a link to a forced-birth site, this is where I found a decent transcript and video portion of yesterday’s discussion on The View when this issue was raised.
    http://www.lifenews.com/2012/02/16/the-views-joy-behar-pro-life-virginia-law-like-the-taliban/

    I was especially amused as when Elisabeth Hasselbeck, noted for being religious and conservative, even agreed the procedure was invasive, but naturally jumped to the conclusion that opposing the mandate aligned with being a Republican (implying small government). “It’s actually Republican right wing stance [Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg are] taking…” Of course they didn’t spend a lot of time on it, like most of their hot topics, but it’s a show with a wide audience of women.

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  2. Mike K,

    Just in case they can’t make abortion illegal, now they can guilt women out of having one. “Look, here’s the baby you’re about to kill… I SAID LOOK AT IT!!!”

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  3. Bacopa,

    Transvaginal ultrasound is less invasive than the abortion itself. Still, there’s no real reason for it. Merely a hurdle and financial burden.

    Similar law was passed in Texas last year but has not come into force because it’s tied up in Federal court.

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    • Paulo,

      Merely a hurdle and financial burden.

      In the land of the most expensive health care system in the world.

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    • Circe,

      Transvaginal ultrasound is less invasive than the abortion itself.

      Not necessarily. A chemically induced abortion usually just requires taking pills.

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      • Bacopa,

        You are quite correct, Chemical abortion is not much more than a heavy period.

        I just meant to point out that a transvag is less invasive than a suction abortion, which from what I hear, is not that big a deal except for whatever emotional concerns might be going on,

        I absolutely do not support these kinds of laws and fought against them in Texas, where they are suspended under federal appeal.

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    • Kodie,

      Transvaginal ultrasound is less invasive

      Doing unnecessary medical procedures with the only goal being to fuck with someone’s head is invasive. If it were only the vagina, as it were, being invaded, it doesn’t matter how invasive it is if it doesn’t need to be there. It’s as if they don’t care how they use medical procedures if they already think someone’s a slut anyway. But it’s also more invasive of a woman’s rights to choose than the abortion itself.

      If you need elementary terms, if you want to have sex with a guy but he makes you have sex with his cousin first. It’s abhorrent.

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      • Bacopa,

        Yes, I agree that this is all about fucking with women’s minds and increasing expenses.

        There is simply no reason for an ultrasound, and for most women even a transvaginal ultrasound would show nothing.

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