Virginia Abortion Bill Is So Dangerous, Even Virginians Are Saying 'No'

ultrasound machineLast week, the country looked at Virginia with wide eyes and jaws dropped to the floor as their state House passed two dangerous, anti-abortion bills. But yesterday, the Senate's vote on one of the bills -- which would mandate an ultrasound for every woman planning an abortion -- was delayed! Women everywhere, and especially there in VA, are feeling like a major bullet has been dodged. Whew!

Although the turn of events may only offer a temporary sigh of relief, it's still a victory. After all, the bill was, in the words of which Delegate Kaye Kory, "an assault on the freedom and liberty of women in the commonwealth of Virginia." Now, it seems thanks in part to the people's protests, it's one step further from becoming the law.

Virginia Republicans claim that protests by about 1,000 people outside the state Capitol were not the cause for the delay. And they're not confirming that it has anything to do with Republican Governor Bob McDonnell's potential run as vice-president. Instead, they're saying members of the Senate were "trying to coordinate some things." (Eloquent, eh?) But I have a feeling that Virginians' voices were heard. Contrary to what the right may argue, the bill hasn't been widely supported by voters. A new poll in the state shows it to be unpopular, with 55 percent opposed to the legislation and only 36 percent in support.

In the wake of the Susan G. Komen and Planned Parenthood debacle last month, this is just another example of how women standing together and up for their health can make a real difference.

And that's the way it should be after all, right, being that our government is supposed to be by the people, for the people? But sometimes we forget that laws affecting women should be condoned by women themselves. Clearly, the bill being debated in Virginia government right now is contentious for a reason: Many women feel a forced transvaginal ultrasound would be invasive and detrimental. It would require women to undergo and doctors to do a procedure that is medically unnecessary.

It really is scary to think about a bill like this making it to law-dom, but at least for now, we can rest assured it won't. And that Virginia Republicans will have to swallow that bitter pill that they cannot sneakily undermine women's health. No, no, they have actual women to answer to.

Do you see delay of this bill as a win for women's health?

 

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Stacey. Stacey.

Some women dont know they are pregnant or even show until they are almost due. Without an ultrasound, how do doctors know a woman isnt too far along for an abortion?

texas... texasmamma777

"Many women feel a forced transvaginal ultrasound would be invasive and detrimental."


Because an abortion is not invasive, is it?


"It would require women to undergo and doctors to do a procedure that is medically unnecessary."


Not necessarily true.  Women's lives have been saved by this type of ultrasound because it can more accurately measure the size of the baby.


This has been determined necessary for the safety of mothers in Virginia based on previous disciplinary actions against abortionists for grossly misjudging a baby’s age.


It's a safety issue.

eleph... elephantmamaof2

Oh. Cool. So woman feel that it is detrimental to know what is inside their uterus is indeed a baby with a live beating heart instead of "just a clump of cells"? Why is it that women feel their rights trump anyone else's (i.e. a baby, or father of said baby)?

ashjo85 ashjo85

OMG! Not an ultrasound!?!?!?! /sarcasm.

texas... texasmamma777

"Virginia Republicans will have to swallow that bitter pill that they cannot sneakily undermine women's health"


You've got that exactly backwards, Maressa Brown. Abortion is painful, bloody, and involves sharp instruments, certainly much more "invasive" than an innocuous ultrasound probe, the reason for which is to promote and ensure women's health.

Stacey. Stacey.

Many abortions are medically unnecessary so I do not see how a UT would be so absurd.

Stacey. Stacey.

"Abortion is painful, bloody, and involves sharp instruments, certainly much more "invasive" than an innocuous ultrasound probe"


Not true. Very early abortions are done by taking a few pills, which is not "invasive". Nonetheless, a UT still needs done to see what kind of abortion is safe to do, and if it's withing legal limits.

bills... billsfan1104

I am going to be honest.  An ultrasound saved my daughters life.  I was at Planned Parenthood for an abortion.  The doctor decided to perform an unltrasound.  The unltrasound showed she was 14 weeks and the doctor said that they couldnt perform an abortion that late and gave me a number to a doctor out of state.  I decided then, that I would not have one. Funny thing is is that 4 weeks later, I went to an OB, and got another ultrasound, and she was then 14 weeks.  So honestly, both God and the ultrasound saved her.  She is now the most eautiful 18-yr old there is, and I wouldnt change it ever.


i do not see why people are pissed off by an ultrasound.  Abortion doctors are performing a medical procedure.  It is not simple as taking a couple of pills like Stacey sayd. 

Zamaria Zamaria

Oh yeah. I can absolutely see where an ultrasound could be totally dangerous. It would be very dangerous if pregnant women actually had to look at their child before they killed it. Dangerous to the abortionist's wallet.

HunniRae HunniRae

Dangerous? LOL

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