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:
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Tit for tat
As the War on Women marches inexorably onward, Democrats are starting to fight back — cheekily.
In Virginia, state Senator Janet Howell attached a “rectal probe” amendment to the Virginia State-Sanctioned Rape bill. The amendment would have required men to have a rectal exam and a cardiac stress test before obtaining a prescription for erectile dysfunction medication. (It failed to pass.)
In Oklahoma, Constance Johnson attached an “every sperm is sacred” amendment to the GOP’s Personhood bill. The amendment would have construed any action in which a man ejaculates or otherwise deposits semen anywhere but in a woman’s vagina as an action against an unborn child. (Democrats voted to table the amendment in order to demonstrate that it was introduced in jest.)
And now Georgia Democrats are stepping up. Continue reading
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Tagged abortion rights, cheeky Democrats, Georgia, lady stuff, Oklahoma, uterati, vasectomy amendment, Virginia, women's health, Yasmin Neal
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
Hey! Women of Virginia! I bet you didn’t realize that on this Valentine’s Day, the GOP in your state have planned a special Valentine’s prezzie juuuuuuust for you. It comes in the form of two very restrictive anti-abortion bills, and because they have a supermajority in the House, both bills passed in the House today!
The first bill says that a person is a person the minute a sperm and an egg collide, like two ships in the night. In other words, a personhood bill, even though they don’t call it that. The same kind of bill that, when put to the voters of Mississippi, it was soundly defeated. It passed the House in VA, 66-32.
The second bill is the lovely, “Hey, we’re going to do a completely meaningless procedure before you’re allowed to have an abortion and stick something up your vagina at the same time” bill. It passed the House in VA, 63-36.
(Click for more invasive probing by VA GOP up in your uteri)
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Tiny Vagina Governments? What about Tiny Anal Governments?
The Virginia senate will most likely pass SB484, a mandatory ultrasound bill that requires women to undergo a potentially medically unnecessary and physically invasive procedure ostensibly to promote “informed consent,” but, in reality, to promote the right-wing’s forced birth agenda.
Unwilling to take this affront to women’s reproductive freedom lying down, State Senator Janet Howell attached an amendment to the bill which, in essence, said: “Up Yours!”
To protest a bill that would require women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion, Virginia State Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston) on Monday attached an amendment that would require men to have a rectal exam and a cardiac stress test before obtaining a prescription for erectile dysfunction medication.
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Not cool, dudes.
Surprise! Some Republicans somewhere did something really stupid:
Virginia Republicans were in apology mode Monday over a Halloween-themed email that depicted a zombie-like President Obama with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head.
Oh for the love of Christ
Linda Wall (R-Lesbos expat) is an admitted “ex-gay” (she hasn’t been gay for ‘lo these forty years) and she wants you to vote for her for the Virginia House of Delegates. She’s a Republican (because of course she is.)
Apparently, Wall, now 61 years old, was “in homosexuality” back when she was a high school gym teacher at Prince George High School in Petersburg, Virginia, and while employed there, she had herself a little lesbian love affair — with a minor.
But wait. It gets better!
She claims that she is now an “ex-gay” and that the only reason she was gay (and molested a kid, I imagine) is because she let liberal professors at her liberal arts college destroy her judgment and values.
Oh yeah — and she was smoking a lot of pot.
You can’t make this stuff up, people:
… plans to change name to Eric Luthor
As millions of Americans remember those who were lost on September 11, 2001 and celebrate those who emerged from 9/11 as heroes — those who died trying to save the lives of their colleagues and friends, and the first responders who rushed to Ground Zero without hesitation — Eric Cantor has other plans.
On Friday, President Obama requested for $5.1 billion to provide disaster relief to those affected by recent hurricanes and earthquakes — in Eric Cantor’s home state of Virginia no less — including $500 million for FEMA. Eric Cantor’s response? He plans to insist on offsets for the $500 million in emergency funds.
Problem is, those offsets are massive cuts to first responders: