Sigh. Another day, another attempt by state lawmakers to outlaw abortion and birth control. Today's assault on women's rights comes from the great state of Virginia.
You know what they say: Virginia is for lovers (who don't mind being forced to have children)…
A Republican supermajority has muscled two of the most restrictive anti-abortion bills in years through the Virginia House, including one that would all but outlaw the procedure in the state by declaring that the rights of persons apply from the moment sperm and egg unite…
Del. Bob Marshall's House Bill 1 on personhood at conception passed on a 66-32 vote. And on a 63-36 vote, the House passed a bill that requires women to have a "transvaginal ultrasound" before undergoing abortions.
Oh, and in case you were curious…
During a transvaginal ultrasound, a tubular probe is inserted into the vaginal canal. The probe is completely covered by a lubricated condom. The probe can be rotated slightly to obtain close contact images of the uterus and ovaries.
Experts say both bills have a good chance of becoming law, which would make Virginia the first state to give personhood rights to fertilized eggs and allow it to finally replace Mississippi as our biggest national embarrassment.
The second bill probably didn't seem too extreme for all those conservative men in the Virginia House. They're accustomed to poking around inside women with tiny tools.
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Tags: Abortion, State Legislature, Virginia, Women's Rights