After increasing scrutiny and challenges, Republicans in Virginia amended their bill that would require a woman seeking an abortion have a transvaginal ultrasound prior to the procedure.
Instead, the Republican-controlled House of Delegates voted 65-32 for an amended bill that requires only a traditional external ultrasound, not a transvaginal ultrasound. The change came after Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell pulled his support from mandating the transvaginal ultrasound. McDonnell changed his position in response to outrage from women, appeals from GOP moderates and even ridicule from the national media.
The bill now returns to the Senate where its sponsor, Sen. Jill Vogel, said she will strike the legislation.
Let’s consider this for a minute. Republican sponsors of this bill are not satisfied merely mandating an external ultrasound prior to having an abortion and would rather see this bill die than pass a slightly-less intrusive but still totally-offensive intrusion into a woman’s medical decision. What does that say about the motivation behind the bill?
Well, it unequivocally settles any debate that mandatory transvaginal ultrasounds are about anything other than shaming and punishing a woman for having sex, whether that sex was consensual or not.