Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Virginia legislature has once again shown that they have no respect for the dignity of women.

Make no mistake, transvaginal ultrasound is an invasive procedure.  To have it done because there is a suspicion of ovarian, uterine, or cervical cancer is one thing.  To force it to be done for no other reason than to get a  higher resolution picture of a fetus than is otherwise possible, on a woman who does not want this procedure, is ... words fail me.*

Add to this the pending "personhood" law, and once again I am glad I do not live in Virginia and (ashamedly) that I do not have daughters. Fortunately, there is an exception for women who have miscarriages. But even if it just means that women (those who are able to) will have to go elsewhere to get reliable contraception,** at its heart this is a simple declaration that women do not count, except as incubators for children.  And that some of those children only count as incubators, too.

Yes, I am pretty sure that if it made it to the Supreme Court, it would be overturned. That makes it no less reprehensible, and those who vote to pass it no less dangerous to women.

*Someone on Facebook commented that if it were done by anyone else, it would be rape by foreign object. That seems about right to me.
**And even then, does this mean that police can search women and confiscate their pills? And what about women who are only visiting the state?

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