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House Democrats Denounce Passage of Invasive Ultrasound Bill


From the Virginia House Democrats. I agree with Del. Englin that the Republicans’ invasive ultrasound legislation might as well be called the “unwanted vaginal penetration” bill. One could also call it the “Republican hypocrisy run amok” bill, as the party that’s supposedly about “small government” and not telling people what to do with their lives is going to force doctors to perform a medically unnecessary, invasive, expensive test on women’s bodies, purely for far-right-wing ideological purposes. That’s today’s Republican Party for you, though – obsessed with peoples’ sex lives, reproductive decisions, conspiracy theories (e.g., the phony “Climategate,” Obama’s really a Kenyan/Muslim/Socialist/etc.), and other lunacy. No wonder why Rick “Man on Dog” Santorum is leading the GOP presidential field.


Richmond – On the final day for House bills to be considered before crossing over to the Senate, Republicans capped their divisive social-issue agenda by passing the physically intrusive HB462. The measure, sponsored by Del. Kathy Byron (R-Bedford), mandates women have an ultrasound performed – which includes the transvaginal procedure that requires a device to be inserted into the vagina – before they can undergo an abortion or medically-induced miscarriage.

“House Republicans have decided to pry even further into the private lives of Virginia women by requiring doctors to offer to perform an invasive medical procedure before they can exercise their constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy,” said Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria). “House Republicans can no longer call themselves the party of ‘small government’ with a straight face after the passage of HB462.”

Showing a further lack of respect for women’s privacy, Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) remarked during floor debate that women making the difficult personal decision to undergo an abortion were engaging in “lifestyle convenience.”

“Yesterday, I offered an amendment that would have protected women from the unwanted vaginal penetration required by this bill, and House Republicans rejected that amendment,” said Del. David Englin (D-Alexandria).  “The next time Virginia Republicans speak the words ‘government intrusion’ I hope voters will remember this vote and hold them accountable for their hypocrisy.”

A companion bill, SB484, passed the Senate two weeks ago. Supporters of both measures could not produce evidence in committee of the medical necessity for a pre-abortion ultrasound, nor the need to delay the results by one day or keep the information in the patient’s permanent file.

  • Clemgo3165

    I had no idea until just a few minutes ago that the ultrasound proposed was a transvaginal ultrasound.  I’ve had that procedure, out of medical necessity, 3 times.  While it’s not horrible, it’s definitely not fun and feels quite invasive – both physically and emotionally.

    What happened to smaller government?  Where are their principles when they’re inserting a wand into my vagina – for no medical reason???  What a heinous invasion of privacy.  

    I’ll be writing a note to Del. Englin for taking the stand he did, I’m grateful.  I’ll send the same to Creigh Deeds, though who knows how that will turn out.

  • The Richmonder

    Let’s not pull any punches here Charlie: Republicans are essentially requiring rape victims that wish to end their pregnancies to undergo a second sexual assault, an object rape. This is appallingly bad policy. Shameful.


  • glennbear

    Let me make sure I have this right, the GOP house of lunacy has passed a bill mandating an unneeded medical procedure yet in this same session has eliminated the HPV vaccine mandate because this vaccine which can save lives being mandated is something that VA government should not be involved in ? Someone please explain this to me before my head explodes.

  • pvogel

    The virginia rapist party.

  • glennbear

    Using the Cuccinelli argument that the health care reform act is unconstitutional because government cannot require someone to purchase something is a mandated ultrasound not illegal also ? What’s next ? mandated DNA testing so that Cooch can develop a database for the good of the commonwealth ?  


    will go to court. I am sure of it.