A blogging buddy of mine alerted me the other day to a bill making its way through the Virginia legislature that would require woman who would like a legal abortion to submit to a vaginal ultrasound.
The alleged purpose of this required ultrasound is to “determine gestational age.” My blogging buddy believes that the purpose of this requirement is to guilt the woman out of getting an abortion. More than likely, both reasons are correct, but I would presume that the guilt factor was the motivation to get this bill passed.
The bill itself was approved by the Virginia House of Delegates, with the amendment that the woman receive an external ultrasound.
Per the linked article, here is what Virginia governor Bob McDonnell had to say in regards to changing the bill:
It is clear that in the majority of cases, a routine external, transabdominal ultrasound is sufficient to meet the bills stated purpose, that is, to determine gestational age. I have come to understand that the medical practice and standard of care currently guide physicians to use other procedures to find the gestational age of the child, when abdominal ultrasounds cannot do so. Determining gestational age is essential for legal reasons, to know the trimester of the pregnancy in order to comply with the law, and for medical reasons as well.
Thus, having looked at the current proposal, I believe there is no need to direct by statute that further invasive ultrasound procedures be done. Mandating an invasive procedure in order to give informed consent is not a proper role for the state. No person should be directed to undergo an invasive procedure by the state, without their consent, as a precondition to another medical procedure.
Gee, Bob, of course there’s no need for a vaginal ultrasound when an external one would suffice. Then again, since your proposed vaginal ultrasound mandate met the federal requirements of rape you had no choice but to back off.
I will concur that because you must be less than 22 weeks pregnant to receive a legal abortion an attempt must be made ascertain fetal age. That, however, is normally determined by the date of the woman’s last cycle. During the pregnancies of both my ex-wife and current wife, ultrasounds did not change the expected due date by more than a handful of days. Even then, it wasn’t changed until 20 weeks or later. So, I call bullshit on the need for any ultrasound at all.
Any woman dead set on getting an abortion will get one no matter what obstacles you place in her way. As long as abortion is legal, women are going to continue to have them. If it becomes outlawed, they will still continue to have them, as was the case before 1973.
I’ve gone on record as being anti-abortion, but, really, can we give up this fight? Conservatives have been fighting this battle since 1973 when abortion was legalized. Our efforts would be better utilized elsewhere. This nation faces a multitude of issues currently, and I just fail to see why abortion is even on anyone’s radar. We are still in the midst of a recession. Our economic system needs to be reformed. Our welfare system also needs to be reformed. Illegal immigration needs to be addressed. We are still at war in Afghanistan. We will likely be at war with Iran soon. China and other southeast Asia countries are taking all of our jobs. There are millions of homeless people roaming the streets of our decaying cities. Crime runs rampant in those very same cities. Mexican drug cartels are moving into our southern states and murdering our citizens and our police officers. Somebody please explain to me how outlawing abortion is more important than any of these issues because I just don’t get it.
I’m glad that they have backed away from the most ridiculous part of this bill, but I seriously think that they should just drop the entire thing and concentrate on making Virginia, and the Unites States as a whole, a better place to live.
That’s my two cents. Care to deposit yours?