Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Virginia Republicans Vote for "State Sponsored Rape"

Virginia republicans have passed a bill (in the house) that will require any woman who wants an abortion to have a state mandated medically unnecessary trans-vaginal sonogram.  The bill also calls for a mandatory waiting period of 2-24 hours so women have the time "think" about their actions.  
Last week rep. Darrel Issa (R-Ca) held a hearing about the new health care law violating the conscience of religious leaders by providing birth control to women.  It's most unlikely he will hold any hearings about the State of Virginia violating the bodies of women.  
Full text of SB484
Charniele Herring Virginia's Minority Whip has called the republican sponsored mandatory ultrasound bill: "state sponsored rape".   Del. L. Kaye Kory, D-Fairfax, said it would require women to “submit to involuntary vaginal penetration.”
This is the FBI's new definition of rape:
“The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”
A Christopher Newport University/Richmond Times-Dispatch poll found that 55% of Virginians opposed the bill with only 36% supporting it.  Monday approximately 1000 men and women attended a silent rally at the Virginia capitol.  The increased media scrutiny of this bill has temporarily stalled it's progress but Governor McDonnell has indicated his willingness to sign this legislative hubris.  

The Virginia-Pilot editorial on Feb. 3, 2012
Under any other circumstances, forcing an unwilling person to submit to a vaginal probing would be a violation beyond imagining. Requiring a doctor to commit such an act, especially when medically unnecessary, and to submit to an arbitrary waiting period, is to demand an abrogation of medical ethics, if not common decency.
That's what Virginia's Senate did this week when it passed SB 484. In a scarcely veiled effort to make abortion impossible, 21 senators used the power of government to do something grotesque.
The old white mostly male republican majority in Virginia also is pushing its very own personhood amendment, that would make SB484 (the mandatory sonogram bill) moot.  The personhood amendment would make abortion illegal in ALL circumstances, and would also outlaw most common forms of reliable birth control.
In a state where 25% of all bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete its a wonder that the republican party of both houses has the time to manage every uterus in the state of Virginia, because obviously the women of Virginia can't manage their own bodies and desperately need the guidance of old white republican men.
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