The freedom and liberty loving party is requiring the state to take liberty with Virginia women's vaginas. Women will not have the freedom to refuse.
The Virginia House passed a bill 63-36 requiring that women who wish to have an abortion must submit to a "transvaginal ultrasound."
The ultrasound legislation would constitute an unprecedented government mandate to insert vaginal ultrasonic probes into women as part of a state-ordered effort to dissuade them from terminating pregnancies, legislative opponents noted.
This is totally medically unnecessary invasive procedure. It serves no purpose other than to humiliate and shame women and intimidate them from choosing a legal medical procedure.[Emphasis mine]
I heard about it this morning. It fits the legal definition of rape, in Virginia.
Dan Savage (http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2012/02/16/vagina-is-for-...) had a bit to say about it, with some links to Rachel Maddow's show.
What is going on in Virginia?
Tea Party bullshit from the 2010 midterm elections. They took over state legislatures with the promise of focusing on economic issues, then immediately began pushing ultra-conservative social legislation.
We have a gay-marriage-ban constitutional amendment up for vote in North Carolina, in the spring, because of those assholes.
Ugh, well it looks like Texas has already beaten out everybody on crazy in this regard. Do providers really comply with this stuff?
....Texas, which in 2011 passed arguably the country’s most sweeping ultrasound law. Where Virginia would have providers offer a viewing of the ultrasound image, Texas requires much more. Providers there must both make an audible heartbeat of the fetus available and provide a detailed description of the fetus pictured in the sonogram.
I've heard that they provide their own, artificial heartbeat-track, if necessary, if the abortion is done before the fetus has developed sufficiently to have a detectable heartbeat.