VA Senate Passes Amended Ultrasound Bill

Governor will likely sign legislation that requires external ultrasounds for women seeking abortion.

Update, Thursday, March 1: 

The House of Delegates voted 61-35 to concur with a Senate amendment that exempts victims of incest and rape from the mandated procedure provided they reported the assault to police.

Original Story: The Virginia Senate voted Tuesday for an amended version of the bill that would require women to undergo external ultrasounds before abortions, but not the transvaginal ones.

The 21-19 vote in the GOP-controlled Senate — mostly along party lines — came after Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) 

McDonnell asked lawmakers to amend the measure after it became clear the original legislation would have required a vaginal ultrasound in most cases because abortions usually occur in the first trimester, when an external ultrasound would not work.

The bill will head to McDonnell for his signature.

J. B. Everett February 29, 2012 at 01:20 PM
What angers me is the assumption that women couldn't possibly be trusted to make a considered decision without interference from the government. It's not just the invasion of physical privacy, it's the invasion of emotional privacy.
Uncle Smartypants February 29, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Don't get upset, Jeannine. The Grand Old Rich White Man Party knows what is best for you and all other women. Their interpretation of the Bible gives them wisdom and a mandate from God Almighty Himself! If you're not making babies, you better damn well be making dinner. If you gals don't get back in your place, they'll take away your right to vote! Republicans are openly contemptuous of women, gays, minorities, and poor people. The fact they get so many people to vote against their own best interests proves we are a Confederancy of Dunces.
The BSD Guy February 29, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Hey, Fella! They don't "interpret" the Bible at all. They just use it their primary source for justification. You must remember that it was Pat Robertson, the high priest of radical right wing religion that stated the U.S. should assassinate Hugo Chavez. Yes, love they brother, unless he can be disruptive to the profit taking of one your special interests (big oil) .... then by all means, murder him. Pat Robertson is one of Bob McDonnell's mentors, and what you'll get from McDonnell will be, for lack of better words, "Robertson Logic." Pat Robertson and his like minded groups and followers (such as McDonnell) have probably single handedly done more to promote atheism in this country than even the most ardent atheists ever could.
John Pinkman March 02, 2012 at 06:11 PM
If are too young, if you missed your chance to understand the women's rights movement in the 60's, this is what it looked like. This is your generations chance to become involved. If your a woman how could you possibly sit by and watch this second assault on your sex. If you are a man why would you let them stand alone.
Joyce March 02, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Here's what I don't understand. The reason for a transvaginal ultrasound in the first trimester is that the uterus and fetus are so low in the abdomen that the pubic bone often blocks the view from the external ultrasound (as I - a layperson - understand it). So I'm not sure how the external ultrasound helps matters, when abortion usually occurs in the first trimester. Unless it is to impose extra cost on women and extra time in the process. My other quibble with the legislation is exemption for rape and incest provided it is reported to police. I don't know the current stat, but a large number of these cases are not reported to police, particularly cases of spousal rape or incest. So that exemption may not be as generous as it appears on the surface. I would imagine it plays better in the press that in real life cases. This is a private decision best kept between a woman, her doctor, and her beliefs. If she's lucky enough to have a caring partner, he should be involved too. Whatever the decision - having a baby or having an abortion - a woman lives with the ramifications for life. And no one has the right to interfere.


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