This just in
Virginia’s Personhood bill was killed in the Senate today:
The Virginia state Senate voted Thursday to postpone a decision on the controversial ultrasound bill that had passed out of Committee earlier today. The latest version, which requires women to undergo a transabdominal ultrasound before they can get an abortion, will likely be taken up tomorrow. The Senate also voted to send a bill back to Committee that would have defined “personhood” as beginning at the moment of conception, which effectively kills the bill until 2013.
Nobody expects the vaginal inquisition.
This is why we fight and make our voices heard. Celebrate this victory and then keep on fighting. Republicans still are trying to set up shop in your uterus, so we mustn’t become complacent. But still — this is great news. Continue reading
It turns out that threatening to rape people for having the temerity to ask for a legal surgical procedure is a bridge too far:
House Republican leaders are expected to try to amend a bill on Wednesday that would require women to undergo a [transvaginal] ultrasound before an abortion.
Legislators and governor’s staff met Tuesday night to hash out a compromise that would make the ultrasounds voluntary, but not mandatory, before an abortion, several people with knowledge of the meeting said Wednesday.
But lest you think that this means that the GOP has decided to treat women as full human beings, and our bodily autonomy as a matter of some concern? Read on:
Posted in Body/Health Shenanigans, Election 2012? Oy vey!, Emily L. Hauser, Teabilly and GOP Mendacity, War on Women, What the Crap!?
Tagged abortion rights, Governor McDonnell, reproductive rights, transvaginal ultrasound, uterati, Virginia, women's health
Apparently, once vaginally-penetrated, always vaginally-penetrated:
During the floor debate on Tuesday, Del. C. Todd Gilbert announced that “in the vast majority of these cases, these [abortions] are matters of lifestyle convenience.” (He has since apologized.) Virginia Democrat Rep. David Englin, who opposes the bill, has said Gilbert’s statement “is in line with previous Republican comments on the issue,” recalling one conversation with a GOP lawmaker who told him that women had already made the decision to be “vaginally penetrated when they got pregnant.” (I confirmed with Englin that this quote was accurate.) Continue reading