Indiana May Require Women to Have Two Transvaginal Probe Ultrasounds (Video)

| by Michael Allen

The Indiana State Senate's Health and Provider Services Committee on Wednesday approved Senate Bill 371 by a vote of 7 to 5, sending it to a full vote in the State Senate (video below).

According to, the bill, written by State State Sen. Travis Holdman (R), would require women who seek an abortion to undergo an internal transvaginal probe ultrasound before and after taking an abortion-inducing drug, RU-486, during the first trimester of pregnancy.

"She can do a blood test at any local facility after an abortion to show that the hormone levels are going down as they should, there's no medical reason to make her drive back to the abortion clinic and go through another ultrasound," said Dr. Anne Davis, the consulting medical director for Physicians for Reproductive Health. "This is yet another onerous, medically unnecessary barrier."

However, Sue Swayze, the legislative director of Indiana Right to Life, told local radio station WBAA-AM that voluntary sexual intercourse was no different from a state mandated transvaginal ultrasound: “I got pregnant vaginally. Something else could come in my vagina for a medical test that wouldn’t be that intrusive to me. So I find that argument a little ridiculous.”

“Go ahead and imagine that job,” said MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Thursday night. “Go ahead and imagine the person whose job it is going to be to do that, to try to convince Indiana women to come back in for a second medically unnecessary trans-vaginal probe ultrasound. ‘Hi, its Ann from the clinic, the governor insists that you come back in and get probed again.’”