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VA Senate Passes Sonogram Bill

Legislation mandates that women seeking abortion must have procedure. Meanwhile, see Sen. Janet Howell's (D-Reston) impassioned speech about gender equity.

The Republican-led Virginia Senate passed a bill Wednesday by a vote of 21-18 that would require women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion.

The Senate, which for years had killed similar measures, voted largely along party lines.

The House of Delegates, also heavily Republican,  has passed the bill in previous sessions and is expected to do so again. Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has said he would sign the measure. To read more details and analysis on the decision, read this story from The Washington Post.

Senate Democrats said this is another measure aimed at chipping away at a woman's right to choose in Virginia. that would require men to have a rectal exam and a cardiac stress test before obtaining a prescription for erectile dysfunction medication.

Howell's amendment did not pass, but her speech on the floor has garnered national attention from pro-choice supporters. 

Cherie Lejeune February 02, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Senator Janet Howell you are simply the best--thank you for fighting the right fights. "Virginia Gentleman" as they are so often referred to, are gender biased and that we must fight to change!
Fred Avila February 02, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Thank goodness common sense has returned to the Virginia State Senate and the will of the people has prevailed. http://www.wtvr.com/news/wtvr-abortion-in-virginia-jill-vogel-right-to-life-issues-virginia-senator-ultrasound-requirement-planned-parenthood-of-virginia-family-foundation-of-virginia-20120125,0,5474094.story
Greendayer February 02, 2012 at 06:08 PM
The media may have liked Sen Howell's speech, but it was not even able to sway all her Democratic colleagues.
The Convict February 02, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Wait a second. I thought Republicans were against state-mandated healthcare. I'm so confused....
Harry Locock February 02, 2012 at 07:05 PM
"Help, I've lost a committee chairmanship and have yet to find a role." Standup, when unfunny, can be hugely embarrassing. This is a very silly person. Folks in the 32d District, getting your money's worth? "Gender equity"? I thought I was in for some change in the rules of grammar.
Groovis Maximus February 02, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Vogel says there are no "fiscal impacts" of the bill - which means the woman has to pay for a service she doesn't need or want. Sounds to me like the Virginia State Senate just created a new unfunded mandate. Hasn't McDonnell been seeking to reduce unfunded mandates?
SH February 03, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Oh, but they are! That's why the sonogram bills should be sent to any random Republican in the Virginia House or Senate who voted for this. I'm sure women are able to look up their addresses and send the bills to them.
Chris February 03, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Yes, Janet Howell is so very clever.
Kim February 03, 2012 at 02:06 PM
So Virginia women will be compelled to pay for unwanted medical care. Know what this reminds me of? Obama's health care bill requiring everyone to have (and presumably pay for) health insurance. Didn't Virginia fight that in court? So what I'm hearing is our state legislature says you can make your own health care decisions - unless you're a woman. Then the State will make them for you.
p d February 03, 2012 at 07:22 PM
bite one janet enough of this gov telling us what we have to do with our own life
Kim February 03, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Exactly her point, I believe.
Janet February 04, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Pro-Lifers are total hypocrites. There is a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives (HR 3323) being pushed by congressional staffer and candidate for Arlington County Board Mark Kelly that would repeal the Labor Department's safety regulations for children working on farms.
G February 04, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Elective abortion (choosing to end, not preserve, a human life) is the opposite of healthcare, and hence the hypocrite name calling and comparisons to ED are disgusting and demeaning.
C.D. February 05, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Mark Kelly's day job is writing federal legislation to allow argibusiness to exploit and kill children. Pro-Life is Low-Life. Next item on the Low-Lifers' agenda is to make contraception illegal. They are all crazies who worship human cells and abuse and exploit human children.
JAK February 05, 2012 at 11:38 PM
This isn't a discriminatory bill, seeing as women are the only ones capable of having abortions.
Renee February 06, 2012 at 03:32 PM
I'd be willing to bet 99.9% of the time women aren't really given a choice. As soon as they're told they're pregnant the response is "Oh don't worry, we'll take care of it" instead of asking what the patient would like? If you're getting healthcare from an abortion provider they want whatever will bring in the most income. Sad.....

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