Posts tagged "transvaginal ultrasound"

Wisconsin Governor Supports Mandating Transvaginal Ultrasounds For Abortion [UPDATE]

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is supporting an anti-abortion bill that is making its way through the state legislature which would require some women seeking first-trimester abortions to have transvaginal ultrasounds, which are performed by inserting a probe into the vagina. The forced transvaginal ultrasounds are medically unnecessary and are a popular ploy of anti-abortion folk…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 12, 2013

Indiana Advances Bill Requiring 2 Transvaginal Ultrasounds Before & After Abortion, Then Changes It

Indiana's state Senate advanced a bill requiring a woman to get two transvaginal ultrasounds before taking the RU-486 abortion pill, one before and one afterwards. Fortunately, today they dropped that language, saying doctors should perform "appropriate testing" on women two weeks after the abortion pill is taken. Which could mean urine testing ... or a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 25, 2013

Michigan Republicans Think Women Should Be Forced To Have Invasive, Medically Unnecessary Transvaginal Ultrasounds Before An Abortion

Women would be forced to have invasive, medically unnecessary transvaginal ultrasounds two hours before having an abortion if Republicans in Michigan get their way. A male Republican in Michigan's state House of Representatives introduced a bill earlier this week similar to the one Virginia eventually backed-off of last year after public outcry.

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 7, 2013

Candidate Co-Stars With Vaginal Probe In New Campaign Ad

It's that time of year where you can't turn on the television without another campaign ad intoning "... and then Barack Obama ate a live baby." So I think this ad from North Carolina State Senate candidate Deb Butler is amazing for its understated simplicity: she appears onscreen with a transvaginal ultrasound wand, which her…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 11, 2012

Idaho To Vote On Bill Forcing Ultrasound Before Abortion

Idaho's state senate may vote as early as today on a bill that will force women to get a medically unnecessary ultrasound before terminating an unwanted pregnancy. Anti-abortion activists say forcing a woman to have an ultrasound gives her "more information" before an abortion. Pro-choice activists and doctors say this is just another a tactic…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 19, 2012

Totally Awesome, Totally Crap: The Frisky Week In Review

It was a very bad week for bunnies. Not only did Til, the famous mutant German bunny with no ears, get squished to death this week, but Miss Cooper, a bunny that lived in an NYC boutique, was stolen, too! We also talked about the veritable epidemic plaguing women: migraines. And we discussed the baby…

By: Julie Gerstein / March 16, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Ultrasound Now Required Before An Abortion In Virginia

Virginia Governor Bill McDonnell has signed into law the bill that requires a woman seeking an abortion to first have a medically unnecessary ultrasound. Technically this bill is a step up from a previous iteration of the bill, which would have required an invasive transvaginal ultrasound (also medically unnecessary) before an abortion. [New York Times]…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 8, 2012

Rachel Maddow Often Discusses Vaginas On-Air

Because she's a lesbian. That, sadly, seems to be the logic behind The Daily Caller's daily tally of how many times Rachel Maddow has said the words "vagina" or "vaginal" on her show. No, I'm not making this up: someone at the conservative news site kept track of the 58 V-bombs that Maddow dropped February 14th…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 27, 2012

UPDATE: Virginia’s Governor Backs Off “Transvaginal Ultrasound” Anti-Abortion Bill (And Even Meghan McCain Is Against It!)

UPDATE, 3:40: Governor McDonnell has released a statement regarding the bill, posted after the jump. Virginia's Republican Governor Robert McDonnell has come to his senses: he is dropping his support for a scary-ass bill requiring women seeking an abortion to first have a medically unnecessary "transvaginal ultrasound," aka to be vaginally penetrated with a speculum…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 22, 2012

Politician Points Out How Virginia’s Mandatory Ultrasound Law Could Turn Abortion Providers Into Criminals

One of the scariest anti-abortion bills in the U.S. right now is Virgina's "mandatory ultrasound" bill, which requires a woman seeking an abortion to be vaginally penetrated with a speculum and ultrasound probe. The doctor operating the transvaginal ultrasound will then reflect that image onscreen; women will be forced to undergo this procedure to have…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 20, 2012

Virginia Advances Anti-Abortion “Fetal Personhood” And “Transvaginal Ultrasound” Bills

Virginia politicians advanced two extreme and extremely disturbing anti-abortion bills yesterday — Valentine's Day, for God's sake! One is a so-called "fetal personhood" amendment, which would criminalize all abortions by declaring that a fertilized egg is a person.  The state's Republican-controlled House of Delegates overwhelmingly passed the "fetal personhood" bill, which now heads to the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 15, 2012