Monday, February 20, 2012

Penetrating Insight

You know that whole discussion about whether abortion is acceptable to the conservative right in the case of rape? Well, Virginia (state motto: "Maybe 28 Square Miles of Relative Sanity") has figured out a really clever and creative way to amp up that debate: Try to get an abortion and they'll have someone actually rape you.

If you haven't seen this yet, get ready to head straight for the thesaurus to find every possible synonym for "unconscionable."

We talked about it on the podcast this week, but Dahlia Lithwick -- imagine that, a woman; who cares what they think, right? -- eviscerates the Virginia legislature for their sickening plan and rightly demands to know where the outrage is.

Slate: Virginia Ultrasound Law Is an Abomination/2.16.12


kushiro said...

Just in case you haven't seen it and therefore your head hasn't exploded, here's a nifty little exchange about this awful, awful legislation:

Chez said...

Yeah, Loesch really is a repugnant little piece of shit, isn't she. Every time I think one of them has said something so fucking vile and horrific that it can't possibly be topped, surprise, somebody else comes along to raise the bar to an entirely new level.

Alice said...

You know, I'm as pro choice as they come, but this argument seems to really be overreaching its intent.

I had an abortion about 10 years ago, in Illinois. The trans vaginal ultrasound was just part of the procedure, like the H&P, bloodwork and informed consent. Not once was I asked whether or not I wished to view it - matter of fact, the screen was turned away from me. As I recall, they said the reasoning was to determine gestational age - I guess the procedure is different the further along you are - and not once did I ever feel raped or violated in any way. In fact, I'm pretty certain that I felt better knowing they were being so thorough. There was one fee, and everything was done right there in house. I was in and out within a few hours.

Doctors, nurses and assistants ALL make progress notes about alot of things that occur during patient interactions ... noting that a woman opted not to view her ultrasound isn't as malicious as it is made out to be.

Anonymous said...

Of course, to truly compare apples to apples, one has to consider that the procedure is effectively forced upon you. If they really want to run with the slogan "no more intrusive than normal intercourse (that's forced upon you)", they are free to do so.