Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Probing Question

Not just satisfied with some states’ demand that a woman get a sonogram before having an abortion — whether or not it’s medically necessary is beside the point — the state of Virginia is requiring an invasive sonogram.

RICHMOND — House of Delegates Republicans have rejected a last-ditch bid by Democrats to allow women seeking abortions to opt out of an invasive ultrasonic procedure under anti-abortion legislation set for a final House vote Tuesday. …

An amendment by Del. David Englin, D-Alexandria, would have allowed medical professionals to determine whether images can be obtained without being penetrated by equipment used in the ultrasound.

Women would have to give written consent to such a probe under Englin’s amendments, but not to sonograms that are not invasive. The amendment failed on 64-34 vote, setting the bill up for final House passage.

So a woman who was raped would have to basically relive the trauma of the assault again, this time at the hands — literally — of the state of Virginia.

The only reason to do this is to shame and traumatize the patient. It’s all about control.

HT to LGF.