Well, this is interesting. Virginia governor Bob McDonnell, graduate of Regent University who wrote a great thesis about some of the craziest right-wing religious ideology ever placed on paper, has now started to soften his stance on transvaginal ultrasounds (rape) before abortions.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) is backing off of the controversial legislation that would require women to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound before getting an abortion, recommending that the legislature put in amendments to soften the bill and only require a transabdominal ultrasound instead. “Mandating an invasive procedure in order to give informed consent is not a proper role for the state,” McDonnell said in a statement.
Over the past few days, Virginia lawmakers have been considering a bill that would require women to submit to a transvaginal or pelvic ultrasound before they can get an abortion, as part of “informed consent.”
The bill has been decried by pro-choice groups and Democrats as needlessly invasive and “akin to rape,” possibly even with criminal implications. Though the state Senate approved it by a vote of 21-18, the House twice delayed a vote on it in the midst of intense media scrutiny, protests outside the capitol and a petition signed by 25,000 people. (more... )