Happy Valentine's Day! Virginia Passes Draconian Bills Against Women
[Editor's note: Virginia wants to invade your vagina. I am not exaggerating. This is what it has come down to. Yesterday the Virginia House pushed through two anti-abortion bills, both of which would essentially deprive women of their civil rights. Under one measure a fertilized egg would have more rights than you. Jessica Wakeman at The Frisky lays out the bills and explains why you should be alarmed.--Mona]
Unfortunately, the “fetal personhood” bill wasn’t the only nutty and frightening piece of legislation that Virginia’s House of Delegates passed. Another bill was advanced requiring a woman undergoing an abortion to have a “transvaginal ultrasound” — i.e., to require a doctor to insert a speculum and then an ultrasound probe into a her vagina against her will and reflect that image onscreen. Not only is a bill like this rather rape-y in its forcefulness — and yes, I realize that is a strong statement, and I mean it strongly — but there is no medically necessary reason to do so. And there are no exceptions. Gov. McDonnell has stated his intention to sign the “transvaginal ultrasound” bill if it lands on his desk.