Earlier today I twitter-twatted : It’s not hyperbole to say that Virginia politicians want to rape pregnant women with a foreign object.
Dahlia Lithwick (who is a sane world would hold down one of the columnist spots at the New York Times) writes:
This week, the Virginia state Legislature passed a bill that would require women to have an ultrasound before they may have an abortion. 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. Since a proposed amendment to the bill—a provision that would have had the patient consent to this bodily intrusion or allowed the physician to opt not to do the vaginal ultrasound—failed on 64-34 vote, the law provides that women seeking an abortion in Virginia will be forcibly penetrated for no medical reason. I am not the first person to note that under any other set of facts, that would constitute rape under state law.
What’s more, a provision of the law that has received almost no media attention would ensure that a certification by the doctor that the patient either did or didn’t “avail herself of the opportunity” to view the ultrasound or listen to the fetal heartbeat will go into the woman’s medical record. Whether she wants it there or not. I guess they were all out of scarlet letters in Richmond.
Then she gets to the crux of the matter:
Next month the U.S. Supreme Court will hear argument about the obscene government overreach that is the individual mandate in President Obama’s health care law. Yet physical intrusion by government into the vagina of a pregnant woman is so urgently needed that the woman herself should be forced to pay for the privilege.
It’s said that a black person voting Republican is like a chicken voting for Col. Sanders. I guess we can add asking a woman to vote for a Republican is like asking her to marry her rapist which makes sense because, according to the moral conscience of the party, the rapist has already given her the gift of life.
To do anything otherwise would seem churlish and ungrateful…