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Mandatory Ultrasounds Not Enough In Virginia

Mandatory Ultrasounds Not Enough In Virginia

As Virginia’s mandatory ultrasound law goes into effect the state has released a list of places that a woman or girl can go to obtain a free ultrasound, purportedly to help defer the additional expense incurred with the procedure. The problem is, the list is made up almost exclusively of crisis pregnancy centers.

The Virginia law requires a girl or woman who needs to terminate a pregnancy obtain an ultrasound 24 hours before the procedure, regardless if one is medically warranted or not. The states that a “qualified medical professional trained in sonography and working under the supervision of a physician licensed in the Commonwealth shall perform fetal transabdominal ultrasound imaging on the patient undergoing the abortion for the purpose of determining gestational age.” CPC’s often perform ultrasounds, but they just don’t always have medical professionals, so there’s no guarantee that an ultrasound performed by the CPC’s identified by the state would even meed the law’s requirements.

It gets worse. CPC’s are independently run women’s health “centers” that often fall outside the bounds of state regulation and oversight. A woman or girl who has an ultrasound at one of these CPC’s has no guarantee her medical information will remain private, nor does she have any guarantee the center will even turn over the image.

CPC’s entire mission is to dissuade women and girls from terminating pregnancies, regardless of the circumstances, so there’s every reason to be suspicious that these centers will throw up as many roadblocks as possible as the mandatory ultrasound law takes effect. As anti-choice lawmakers collude more openly with pseudo-health practitioners in their crusade against women’s rights the tragic reality is that women get stuck with a system that doesn’t really deliver health care at all.

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2:37AM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

Would like to force an ultrasound clear up McDonnell's penis, and hope it hurts like hell! He deserves it!

5:53AM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

Nothing like keeping the female barefoot, pregnant, and in the kitchen.

8:33PM PDT on Jul 8, 2012

I live in Virginia, and believe me this is only going to get worse. There is no way to vote these nuts out of office. My state Senator is a Dem and would never vote for this, but my rep is a member of the GOP and would never vote for anything I was happy with. Sadly I live in an area that is so Republican and tea party friendly, I'm stuck. I was saddened wihen McDonnell became gov. after two Dem Govs. Hopefully, Virginia will not send that GOP party boy Allen back to the US Senate! I vote and I work for the Party, but I am in the minority where I live. Keep in mind that when women protested in Richmond, they were arrested and jailed.

12:49AM PDT on Jul 7, 2012

Once for all: The Bible does NOT demand that a woman be a mother or even carry to term her pregnancies.
Were all fertilized eggs sacred in G-d view, that (s)he wouldn't flush 90% of them before the woman is even aware of having conceived.
The Torah mandate for MEN to grow and multiply, because they do so at no risk to their health. To women it gives the choice to carry on or not with the pregnancy depending on whether or not she is healthy enough to proceed and whether or not an added child would affect the care of the children she already has.
Abortion and contraception have been used by the Hebrew women since the time they left Egypt and this is confirmed by the Talmud.
While quite a few Christian priests and Haredi rabbis will deny it, the texts are there to prove their lie.

5:41PM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

A vote for a republiCON is a vote against women's rights. Abortions are supposed to be legal in this country, but the CONS have found a way around the law by making them close to impossible to get. If you want to live in the 19th century, then move to a red state.

2:10PM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

This is nothing more than yet another attempt by the anti-choice Religious Reich to turn back the clock on women's rights to the days when women were considered little more than the property of men and valued only for the number of kids they could pop out before they died!

CPCs are nothing more than anti-choice SCAMS, and the worst part of all is that they get away with the false advertising, scientific misinformation and outright lies, and blatant proselytizing they do. I've researched many websites for these places (I have two daughters, and I want them to be wise to these idiots' tactics), and just about every one invokes the Christian deity at least once on their pages. The misinformation they spread about the stages of pregnancy, fetal development, and birth control effectiveness and risks boggles the mind.

And Virginia wants women to go to these places for ultrasounds as an alternative to the women's health clinics that provide ACCURATE information and abortion care? Yeah, right.

"Beneficial to women," my ass!

8:02AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

Why on earth is this mandatory bs even being considered..let alone passed as law? Instead of some controlling government decisions that are akin to Nazi attitudes, invading personal decisions and attempting to dump guilt on women as a means of controlling their decisions; why haven't there been more efforts to aid in preventing unwanted pregnancies to begin with? Providing both men and women with attainable birth control, upgrading and enforcing the laws regarding rapists, and educating? This ridiculous latest attack on women's rights screams of a lack of intelligence, let alone respect for women. When those who support this decision wake up and boot this ignorant control freak out of politics, PLEASE I beg..do NOT send him to Canada...!!!!!

8:00PM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

The republicans in Virginia that voted this law in should be forcibly raped with the probe and have it televised prior to any woman getting this mandated ultrasound procedure. With their heads up their ass at least we might verify if in fact, they had any brains at all!

6:53PM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

Donney B.
“How about non-pregnant women go to these so-called CPC's enmass to get ultra sounds as a way of wasting CPC resources. Is this idea viable?”

Interesting idea.

Dawid B
“If one wants to name something more unnecessary than an ultrasound, it would be an an abortion - an evil deed that destroys the fundamental right to life!
The Nazis also treated "unwanted" people in the same way.
Very little in terms of "rights" in this article”

Well ya see Dawid, abortion is legally protected Constitutional right, and the bible does command followers to “follow the law of the land.”

Rose L
“Ultrasounds have nothing to do with female body parts and everything to do with the right of the yet-unborn.”

So just where do you think zygotes reside, inside a pantry? Last I check a uterus is part of a woman’s body. Perhaps you could benefit from a factually based sex ed class. ps, zygotes have no rights.

Keven B
“Lisa K.-So what was the point of that? No one has said that the abortion process was pretty. I could show a link to an appendectomy that would also be disgusting.”

The birthing process isn’t all that pretty either.

1:26PM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

This isn't women's healthcare. It is obstruction! Pure, 100% Republican/Teabagger obstruction of a woman's constitutional right to make her own healthcare decisions and control her own body.

Kevin B, great comments.

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