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Is a Proposed Virginia Ultrasound Law Actually State-Sponsored Rape?

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Earlier this month in Virginia, a proposed bill requiring women to undergo an ultrasound before they can receive an abortion passed the state senate and recently cleared a state house committee.

However, the bill will force most women to undergo an invasive procedure of vaginal penetration by a foreign object, which some critics are calling state-sponsored rape.

Dahlia Lithwick writes on Slate.com:

Because the great majority of abortions occur during the first 12 weeks, that means most women will be forced to have a transvaginal procedure, in which a probe is inserted into the vagina, and then moved around until an ultrasound image is produced.

Since a proposed amendment to the bill—a provision that would have had the patient consent to this bodily intrusion or allowed the physician to opt not to do the vaginal ultrasound—failed on 64-34 vote, the law provides that women seeking an abortion in Virginia will be forcibly penetrated for no medical reason.

I am not the first person to note that under any other set of facts, that would constitute rape under state law.

As an unnamed lawmaker told a fellow Virginia delegate, a woman already consented to being “vaginally penetrated when they got pregnant.”

UPDATE: On her St. Louis radio show, Dana Loesch slammed "progressives" and compared a trans-vaginal ultrasound with a foreign object to normal "sexual intercourse."


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