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I had a transvaginal ultrasound: My perspective on the mandate that touched off 2012′s War On Women

Though Texas, Oklahoma and North Carolina all managed to get away with passing transvaginal ultrasound mandates for women seeking abortions with little national attention, it took my former home state of Virginia’s effort to do the same to bring people’s undivided attention to the anti-abortion movement’s long fight to make…

Idaho kills forced ultrasound bill

Idaho’s controversial forced ultrasound bill was killed Tuesday evening after a House committee chairman declined to hold a hearing on the bill, just days after its Senate passed the legislation. According to The Spokesman-Review, House State Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Loertscher (R) felt that the bill could lead to a…

Pennsylvania poised to enact most restrictive abortion law of 2012

Even as the transvaginal ultrasound bill in Virginia was causing national outrage, Pennsylvania conservatives were quietly pushing a even more restrictive abortion bill. The legislation is designed with so many difficult and differing restrictions that long-time abortion policy analyst Elizabeth Nash at the Guttmacher Institute told Raw Story, “I’ve never…

VA GOP-er says wife denied him sex for ultrasound bill support

For his support of the controversial transvaginal ultrasound bill, one Virginia Republican lawmaker received the ultimate punishment from his wife: No sex. In a truly unorthodox moment, State Delegate David Albo (R-Fairfax Station) recounted his personal misfortune on the House of Delegates’ floor Friday afternoon. Albo playfully requested an apology…

Lawmaker: Virginia bill requires ultrasound for miscarriages

Virginia state Del. Jennifer McClellan (D) said on Wednesday that an updated bill requiring women seeking abortion to have an ultrasound causes more problems than it solves, including requiring the unnecessary procedure for women who miscarry. In the bill’s original form, every woman seeking an abortion in Virginia would have…

Song parodies Virginia’s ‘mandatory transvaginal ultrasound’

“Song a Day” video blogger Jonathan Mann published a little tune yesterday that seems destined to go viral, keying into the state of Virginia’s debate about abortion restrictions and whether the state should be able to force women into medically unnecessary transvaginal ultrasounds, just to obtain abortion services. “Why you…

Virginia approves toned-down abortion ultrasound bill

Lawmakers in Virginia approved Wednesday a watered-down version of a highly contested bill requiring women in the eastern US state to undergo an ultrasound prior to an abortion. By a 65-32 vote, the Republican-dominated House of Delegates gave its green light to 11th hour revisions proposed by Governor Bob McDonnell…

VA gov backs off support for ultrasound bill

Supporters of the Virginia ultrasound bill may have lost a key ally Tuesday evening when Governor Bob McDonnell (R) withdrew his unconditional support for the controversial legislation, according to The Washington Post. The decision came after McDonnell’s staff held a meeting with delegates and found the ultrasounds being more invasive…

Most Virginians oppose requiring trans-vaginal ultrasound before abortion

Fifty-five percent of Virginia voters oppose legislation that would require a woman to receive an ultrasound before terminating her pregnancy, according to a Christopher Newport University/Richmond Times-Dispatch poll. The bill sparked outrage because it would require a woman receive a trans-vaginal ultrasound before an abortion, and be given an opportunity…

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