Saturday, February 4, 2012

Turnabout = Fair Play

Via Boing Boing on 30 Jan 2012:

To protest a bill that would require women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion, Virginia State Sen. Janet Howell (D-Fairfax) on Monday attached an amendment that would require men to have a rectal exam and a cardiac stress test before obtaining a prescription for erectile dysfunction medication.

From the comments, here's the reason the underlying proposed requirement for an ultrasound is wrong:

Because the ultrasound used at such an early stage is what they call a "transvaginal ultrasound" (i.e. they insert the device into the vaginal canal). Which is to say, it's an invasive procedure that could be quite traumatic for, say, a rape survivor. Unless there's an actual medical need for it, it's essentially just being used as a kind of punishment. It has nothing to do with showing "a baby" because what you'd see, in the average abortion, is something like this.

Again, to paraphrase the bride, "Why is it that old men in suits are always the ones setting up the rules about abortion?"


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