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Virginia Lawmaker Calls Abortion A “Lifestyle Convenience”

Virginia Lawmaker Calls Abortion A “Lifestyle Convenience”

Virginia lawmakers took up a controversial anti-abortion bill that would require women receive trans-vaginal ultrasounds before obtaining an abortion as part of a never-ending assault on women’s reproductive rights and during the floor debate the Republican disdain for women was clear.

State Del. C Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock) is a top Republican legislative leader who took the opportunity during floor debate to describe abortion as nothing more than a “lifestyle convenience” for women. Nice.

Democrats tried to amend the bill to require a woman’s consent before a trans-vaginal ultrasound is administered but the Republican-controlled rejected the amendment.

Virginia Democrats criticized Gilbert’s floor statement while Del. David Englin (D-Alexandria) told reporters Gilbert’s comments were similar to other Republican comments on the issue. Englin reportedly had a conversation with one GOP lawmaker regarding Englin’s amendment to require consent the lawmaker had told him that consent was unnecessary since women had already made the decision to be “vaginally penetrated when they got pregnant.”

Debate on the bill ended shortly after Gilbert’s statement and the bill passed 63-36. The Senate has already approved a similar bill earlier this month and lawmakers are expected to pass a final version of the ultrasound bill before the end of the legislative session in March. Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) is expected to sign the bill.

Lawmakers also passed the state’s personhood bill today.

 

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4:26PM PST on Feb 22, 2012

I am pro-life. The vaginal ultrasound is nothing compared to the instruments of destruction that will be placed in your vagina, not to mention the dead baby or body parts that will be pulled or sucked out of it. Get your tubes tied. Children are blessings from God.

9:59AM PST on Feb 21, 2012

Jean C - I see you've been looking at the http://www.nrlc.org/news/2005/NRL10/NewStudy.html website to gather "statistics."

It's too bad that this organization has an agenda and isn't an unbiased institution gathering and applying data.

You've been SOURCEWATCH Busted, congratulations!

http://sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=National_Right_to_Life_Committee

Posting carefully packaged rhetoric won't magically render it factual. Next time, cite a real authority that actually HAS some credibility, please?

http://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/data_stats/index.htm

9:41AM PST on Feb 21, 2012

A thousand green stars and "atta-girl" slaps on the back would not be enough for the ultimate "connecting of the dots" that Theresa C. just gave us!

That is *exactly* what the dick pills are, too: nothing but the natural aging process presented as a "medical condition" that *must be* treated with pills (enter Big Pharma here). On what planet would we EVER see men voluntarily standing up on a hill smiling about - much less *talking* about - the fact that they can't achieve or sustain erection for any reason? Never. Nowhere. And yet this new-found ability to have an erection by mostly aging men (and abused by an increasingly higher number of younger men as a "recreational drug!") just means that women will be bothered and harassed for sex, regardless of what our needs or wants are.

And that brings me to my real rant here, and that's the fact that men want access, period. They want control of the vagina and uterus for ALL purposes, and however they get that and whomever profits is irrelevant. It's not immoral that men are being medicated into having "more sex," and that's not a "lifestyle choice" but a medical condition (ha, ha) but women controlling THEIR sexual organs and opting to forego a pregnancy, oh, THAT somehow IS a "lifestyle choice?"

Seriously, if men get dick pills, then women should get ALL contraceptive AND family planning services and products FOR FREE, FOREVER and ALWAYS - just to be FAIR!

9:34AM PST on Feb 21, 2012

And I call the Virginia lawmaker's sex life a "lifestyle convenience"--take away his viagra!

2:50AM PST on Feb 18, 2012

I am ready to vote for some state sanctioned butt kicking to prevent these (*^*&^%&$) from passing state sanctioned rape.

12:49AM PST on Feb 18, 2012

Ummm, a Repuglican..........why wasn't I shocked by that? So, an abortion is a "convenience"? Yes, I guess it is, same as surgery to remove a brain tumor would be one, and these idiots need to have brain surgery, it would seem. They want women to go back to how things were in the Middle Ages, well, why not insist on frontal lobotomies for idiots who behave in PUBLIC OFFICE as if they are mentally ill (no offense meant to anyone who truly IS mentally ill)?

11:14AM PST on Feb 17, 2012

Shame on Virginia. Having women's rights trampled on by laws such as these (voted on and approved primarily by men) should be deemed unconstitutional. Whatever happened to the notion that there is supposed to a separation of "Church & State" in government? Next election year... everyone get out to VOTE and vote anyone who voted yes to this bill OUT of office!!

3:45AM PST on Feb 17, 2012

I can now honestly say that I am grateful my childbearing years are over.

8:05PM PST on Feb 16, 2012

Disturbing news, thank you.

2:53PM PST on Feb 16, 2012

I think I may throw up.

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