Bob McDonnell, Keep Your “Small Government” Hands Out of My Vagina
The party that claims to champion small government is at it again.
This month Republican majorities in both chambers in Virginia’s Legislature passed one of the strictest mandatory pre-abortion ultrasound bills in the nation — a measure that’s certain to require women seeking early-stage abortions to submit to being vaginally penetrated by a condom-covered electronic probe before the abortion is allowed to proceed.
The procedure is called a “transvaginal ultrasound,” and it’s the best and sometimes only way in the first stages of pregnancy for physicians to obtain images that “contain the dimensions of the fetus, and accurately portray the presence of external members and internal organs of the fetus,” as the bill requires.
Such ultrasounds are common medical procedures. But make no mistake. The proposed regulation, which Republican Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell previously indicated he will sign if, as expected, legislators send a final version to his desk next week, has nothing to do with the practice of medicine.
It’s designed to attempt to confront women seeking abortions with fetal images and the sounds of fetal heartbeats in hopes that they’ll change their minds about going through with the procedure. That’s why the law specifies that the ultrasound be performed “at least two hours before the performance of an abortion,” and that the results be offered to the woman before she signs off on going through with it.
Bob McDonnell is the Governor of Virgina and he’s expected to sign this legislation, meaning that if I lived in that state and I wanted an abortion, my doctor would be required to put this probe into my vagina:
even if it wasn’t medically necessary. My doc wouldn’t have a choice, nor would I.
Men: How about if the government says if you want Viagra you get something stuck up your penis? No choice. It’s a done deal?