Virginia Passes Ultrasound Law

Today the Virginia Senate voted for an only-slightly less intrusive ultrasound mandate for women needing abortions.

Debate on the measure was contentious and the vote was close. The measure passed the Republican-controlled Senate 21-19, mostly along party lines. Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has said he would sign the measure now that lawmakers took out the part of the bill that mandated the ultrasound be transvaginal.

But don’t think Virginia Republicans are getting soft in their crusade against women’s autonomy. They refused to exempt from the ultrasound requirement women who know their fetus suffers from birth defects and only those women who have reported to authorities that she is the victim of rape or incest. That means that rape or incest survivors who are not actively prosecuting their claims must still get an ultrasound prior to an abortion.

Ultrasound bills continue to wind their way through the states as Republicans show no sign in relenting in their attacks against women’s rights. Today’s vote is a disappointment, but the battle over access to health care for Virginia women is far from over.


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Photo from silviadinatale via flickr.


Past Member
Past Member 5 years ago

Women's rights: One step forward and two steps back.
How do any women vote for the Republican party these days with a clear conscience?

Rosemary Graf
Rosemary Graf5 years ago

Shame on you VA doesn't your women deserve to have the best healthcare they deserve as their men have? Don't silence them.

Mit Wes
Mit Wes5 years ago

We need a, "GO TO HELL MCDONNELL", bill board at the junction of I95 and the DC Beltway.

Jennifer Walsh
Jennifer Walsh5 years ago

this is wrong!

Julia Baumgardner

Heard this on NPR , our elected officials could not even say the word trans-vaginal. I have had one and no I do not want to ever do it again unless it is MEDICALLY NECESSARY! That is something my DOCTOR will decide not my government.

marc page
Marc P5 years ago

Women: Keep voting Republican and soon you will all be walking 3 feet behind your masters and wearing burkas.

Heather G.
Heather G5 years ago

Being against abortion is one thing but being FOR unnecessary medical procedures forced on women by LEGISLATORS, not doctors, is something else. How EXACTLY is this going to stop abortion?? It isn't.

Amber Beasley
Amber Beasley5 years ago

this is awesome!
a vaginal ultrasound is not that bad. people need to quick acting like it is something it's not just because you're all mad that women have to see their BABY before they decide to kill it.
P.S babies with birth defects are not TRASH to simply be THROWN OUT! they are still children and deserve love and care all the same! if you can't love a child with problems, then you have no right to be a mother at all!

Rylan Z.
Rylan Zimny5 years ago

Firstly, people do not "need" abortions, they "chose" them. Also, I am sure the babies, and fathers have rights in the constitution that are being ignored as well. If we are speaking about babies with birth defects, then I would like to point out that many children are born with birth defects, and live a long, happy, productive life. Also, I am pretty sure that Euthanasia is against basic human rights. We can't respect women's rights if we put them above basic human rights, and the rights of the other sex. That would create a Hippocratic platform, and the movement of womens' rights would be on a slippery slope. I don't see that as being an ideal platform to help womens' rights.
I don't envy the writers of these articles, they have to make their point, and do so without making assumptions about the principles of the reader, or they risk losing credibility in the ability to be unbiased in analysing the situation. Many people make the mistake of writing to a specific audience, or base their beliefs on truths that are not true, unless they are in a group benefiting from the implied truth. I would encourage all readers to analyse all posts, whether or not they are for my analysis, or the supposition of the article, in order to look for these flaws. Make your own analysis, but be willing to test your principles and conclusions.
Best Regards

Emilia M.
Emilia M5 years ago

BOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SHAME ON YOU, VIRGINIA!!!!