So the non-consensual trans-vaginal ultrasound clause of the latest bow to slut-punishing by the GOP is being replaced with one that only requires an external ultrasound instead. I’m not sure if women are required to keep their eyes open during this procedure; it is a compromise to the original bill, after all.
Yielding to opposition from Gov. Bob McDonnell, the House of Delegates on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a substitute for SB484 that requires external ultrasounds rather than those that require a woman to have a probe inserted into her vagina.
The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel, said that when the bill comes back to the Senate, she will ask that it be stricken.
A similar bill, HB462 from Del. Kathy Byron, has passed the House and is awaiting action in a Senate committee Thursday. It has not yet been amended as McDonnell recommended.
This sounds like a victory in some sense. I mean, after all, there’s no gross bodily violation being proposed anymore without consideration given to the circumstances surrounding the act of conception, however traumatic. ‘Course, if you ask some people, giving consent the first time around means you’re fair game anytime after that, even if you say you object. Hey, sister, you lost that right when you opened your legs to SIN AND IRRESPONSIBILITY.
The problem is that it’s still a defeat in a practical sense (though again, I’ll take it over the original proposal). It hearkens back to the infamous “Partial Birth Abortion Ban” where the judicial branch of our government decided whether a medical procedure – determined by numerous medical associations* to be the safest and most effective – was awful sounding and grisly and therefore should be ILLEGAL. Now, thanks to the GOP, the government that should be small enough to drown in a bathtub reserves the right to tell you what medical procedures you need (or can’t use) in order to terminate your pregnancy whether it’s medically necessary or not.
That little detail no longer for the doctor to decide; it’s up to the government.