In brief: women to be vaginally probed before abortions (via thinkprogress)

Yesterday, my day was ruined by reading about some stalker “research”; today, it’s been ruined by reading about a law which is about to be enacted in Virginia. Under this law, women who seek abortions will be forced to undergo a “stunningly invasive procedure” beforehand “for no medical reason whatsoever”. The state wishes to see an ultrasound of the foetus before a woman can have an abortion. The aim? Well, presumably to shame the little tart into changing her mind. And here’s where it gets gruesome:

Because the great majority of abortions occur during the first 12 weeks, that means most women will be forced to have a transvaginal procedure, in which a probe is inserted into the vagina, and then moved around until an ultrasound image is produced.

Nice, huh? One would hope that the authors of this law had just not realised exactly what it is that they’re doing, and how brutal this procedure really is, but that’s not the case, as the following statement by one GOP lawmaker suggests. The thinking? Well, they’ve already consented to being “vaginally penetrated when they got pregnant.” *

Atta boy! If she’s a little slut already, then we can assume she won’t mind a lump of metal shoved up there. And, you know, that would be a proper shaming for the little tramp, amirite?

(Source: thinkprogress)

* UPDATE: Please note that this quote was initially attributed to Del. C. Todd Gilbert (R). That was an error. Gilbert is reported to have actually said: “in the vast majority of these cases, [abortions] are matters of lifestyle convenience,” which some might argue illustrates as little understanding of, or sympathy for, women’s lives, needs, and decisions as his GOP colleague above.

4 responses to “In brief: women to be vaginally probed before abortions (via thinkprogress)

  1. On Gilbert’s comment I have to ask: of what relevance is it why women choose to have abortions? So what if a few women might choose to terminate pregnancy for convenience. Surely the point is that this is their choice. Roe vs Wade clearly shows that the issue of privacy overrides the moral objections of anti-choicers.

    How is this law enforcible anyway? If a woman goes to Planned Parenthood in Virginia and says that she’s had a horribly invasive scan already are they really going to check or force her to have another before they give her a prescription for a chemical abortion or set up a date for an abortion? Is someone going to audit their records to check? Not without a court order. If medical practitioners lie and claim that the test is being done while telling patients that it isn’t then what will the state do? Find a woman who says that they missed the scan? So what, it was forgotten in that instance. Very sorry, promise not to do it again.

    It’s a stupid and offensive law that isn’t ever going to do anything and the first time someone appeals it in practice it’ll fall by the wayside as such and die a death. At least I really hope so.

    • The decision has nothing to do with it but the GOP doesn’t want women to be able to make those decisions about their own bodies.

      I assume they would at least attempt to enforce it by ensuring that the woman has the scan there, as part of the procedure (they can’t perform the abortion until the see the scan or some such nonsense). But the whole idea is really to change her mind before it even gets that far, so how they enforce it might be moot.

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