More Ultrasound Bills Pop Up As Women Get Treated As “Livestock”

The continuing delay of the Virginia vote over a controversial proposal to mandate women must obtain a transvaginal ultrasound prior to having an abortion shows that the backlash of anger over government overreach, especially when it involves a woman’s reproductive rights, is getting stronger.†† Once considered a sure thing supported by Gov. Bob McDonnell, the Virginia governor has now backtracked, afraid to be associated with such an extremely unpopular bill.

The pressure may be mounting in Virginia to do away with the bill, but that hasn’t stopped other states from proposing their own versions, even after the Virginia controversy has been making front page news. Illinois and Pennsylvania have now both proposed mandatory ultrasound bills, reinforcing and even escalating the the aspects of the proposal that has offended so many.

Although Virginia’s proposed bill did not require the woman to have to view the ultrasound itself, Pennsylvania women won’t be nearly so fortunate if the law passed there.† According to The Reporter, women undergoing the ultrasound would have to have “a photo of the ultrasound be placed within the patientís line of sight.”† Women would also be given the “opportunity” to hear the fetal heartbeat. Did she decide to close her eyes, or skip listening to the heart beat?† Well, that information is documented and put into her medical record, to be given to the doctor performing the abortion.

Sound like women are being treated like they are too stupid to know what being pregnant means, and can’t be trusted to make their own decisions?† It could have something to do with the fact that they aren’t seen as real people by the legislators representing them.† That’s the only explanation as to why the state of Illinois is using their “agricultural committee” to pass restrictions on a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy.

Claiming concern that women aren’t making “informed decisions,” the Illinois House Agriculture Committee has proposed a mandatory ultrasound bill of their own.† For women, of course, not for animals.† Opponents, tired of women being treated as breading stock, protested the move, wearing “Women are not livestock” t-shirts.† Unlike the other states’ bills, women are allowed to refuse the ultrasound in writing, which does raise the slight possibility that despite treating them like cattle, the committee at least believes they have the ability to write, just not the intelligence to make their own decisions.

Should the bill pass in Illinois, it will likely be vetoed by the state’s pro-choice governor.† In Pennsylvania, where the governor is against abortion rights, the bill may eventually become law unless the mandate continues to grow in its unpopularity and pressure remains on all lawmakers to reject it.




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Winn Adams
Winn A4 years ago


LMj Sunshine

Thank you for article.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for article.

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe5 years ago

Men making decisions for women is barbaric. A woman CAN make her own decision to abort or not. If she elects to abort, she alone has the right to make that decision - not men who do not know the circumstances.

Past Member
Past Member 5 years ago

I want to name of the sicko who decided to take the rights of human beings to the Agriculture Committee!

Sarah M.
Sarah M5 years ago

Infuriating! Idiots.

Julia Baumgardner

Men making choices for women, idiots!

Deborah L.
Deborah L5 years ago

So, the Governor of the State of VAGINA has backed out of the latest hole he put himself into. Gee, isn't the withdrawal form of contraception no guarantee that something will not grow ? Look at these political hacks who are deciding this. How many women do we see on these pregnancy panels ? A few totally brainwashed Republican submissives, sometimes.

How is it that men think know MORE about pregnancy and birth and child rearing than women do, when they have never or will never experience the whole process from intercourse to birth themselves and not through a woman's body, such as a wife or mistress. Do these same congress critters feel the same way about these vaginal probes if they were forced upon their wives, daughters ? Will they then protest this unnecessary medical procedure that even doctors say is not necessary. If the Republican party wants to continue to dictate medical procedures upon slightly over one half of the American population, they had better make it a requirement that if you run for politics on their side of this government, they had better have a medical degree first before they can even run. I think it is past time to start suing these men for practicing medicine without a license, as last I knew it was still illegal to do so. Perhaps some will placed lawsuits against them will make them back off.

Now, they can all go and sit on these vaginal probes and rotate.

Diane F.
Diane F5 years ago

Ryanna R., that's a big part of the problem. They do not want insurance to pay for abortions, and if/since ultrasound is to be mandated in order to facilitate same, insurance would also not pay for the ultrasound which cost is between $1000-2000 depending on the provider. That makes the comparable cost of an abortion seem actually seem affordable. An unfortunately lesser-heard argument is the question: If a woman can't afford to have a baby, how can she afford the ultrasound? Exactly! And without affording the ultrasound, a woman would have to either go to a back alley or have a baby! What a Catch-22!

Lee Witton
5 years ago

For the 'penis erectus' faction (which is the anti-women faction); I don't want a probe up your butt, I want it up the penis because then and only then will you have any idea of what true violation of one's own body really means.