You ever wondered what exactly ‘Compassionate Conservatism’ looks like? Well, if your a woman, look no further. The GOP has just passed a law in Virginia requiring unnecessary transvaginal ultrasound for all women seeking an abortion. If you are unfamiliar with the procedure, the video above provides a good overview.
This is an excerpt from the Huffington Post by Tobias Barrington Wolff that describes the law -
The Republican Party has declared war on the dignity of women. This war on women is emerging as a centerpiece of the Republicans’ 2012 election strategy. Around the country, women are being told that they should feel shame about their bodies, their sexuality, and the choices that they make as adults. The latest assault is taking place in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the invasion of women’s bodies is so literal that it would qualify as farce if it were not chilling reality.
The Virginia legislature has passed a bill that will force women seeking an abortion to undergo a medically unnecessary transvaginal ultrasound. The mandated procedure requires that a probe be inserted into the woman’s vagina and manipulated around so as to produce a high-resolution picture of the uterus and surrounding organs — once again, for no medically sound reason. Governor Bob McDonnell has said that he will sign the bill. As part of the same package, the legislature also enacted a “personhood” law that would define life to begin at the stage of a fertilized egg, even before implantation, and hence would outlaw many forms of contraception and all abortions.
Kind of shocking? Not exactly what you envisioned when you hear the “Small Government”. Well, these are not your fathers’ Republicans – and this is just the beginning. If they are willing to introduce something this disturbing during an election year, image what they will do if they have the House and Senate.