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Most Of Virginia’s Abortion Clinics Could Close Today

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  • Twenty of 22 abortion clinics in Virginia could close today if the state’s Board of Health votes to impose medically unnecessary restrictions on them. Specifically, the clinics would be required to adopt rules that hospitals do, such as providing as many beds as there are parking spaces in the lot. Real important, right? Clever job at restricting abortion rights, VA! [Mother Jones]
  • Feminista and Bling author Erica Kennedy has died. We spoke with Erica about her books in 2009 and were sad to hear of her early passing. Our thoughts go out to her friends and family. [Twitter]
  • A petition on Change.org by a young Native American woman is lobbying the Indian Health Services to make Plan B/the morning-after pill available on reservations. Sunny Clifford lives on a reservation in South Dakota and was told when she needed Plan B that she would have to drive to a clinic one hour away. [Change.org]
  • China suspended three family planning officials for forcing a 23-year-old woman to have an abortion seven months into her pregnancy when she could not pay a $6,300 fine for violating the country’s one-child policy. Freedom of choice goes both ways, China. [New York Times] Keep reading »

The Real March Madness: Lady-Hating Laws In Arizona Vs. Virginia

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Battle of the crazies! Read More »
VA's Abortion Bills
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Virgina's transvaginal ultrasound anti-abortion bill is super-scary. Read More »
AZ On Abortion
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The prenatal nondiscrimination act would let men/parents to stop abortions. Read More »

We have nothing personally against the states of Arizona and Virginia, two fine locations in the lower 48. Arizona is home to the Grand Canyon, and our own Ami Angelowicz was born and raised there. Virginia is the proud state that brought us Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and the Smithfield ham. However, when it comes to those of us with a vagina, these two places have been the worst lately. Read on to vote in our Real March Madness poll! Keep reading »

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
  • Women in Texas are losing options for health care at Planned Paernthood clinics and elsewhere amid the abortion fight. Texas has recently slashed funding from PP clinics. [New York Times
  • On “America’s Next Top Model,” the first Native American contestant Mariah Watchman, and the Pocahontas controversy. [Racialicious] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Virginia Kills “Fetal Personhood” Bill

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  • Virginia’s state Senate killed a “fetal personhood bill” which would have criminalized all abortions by declaring a fetus to be a human being at the moment of conception. Yesterday, Virginia’s Governor Bob McDonnell rescinded his intent to sign a “transvaginal ultrasound” bill, which would have required a woman seeking an abortion to be vaginally probed with an ultrasound, after it attracted nationwide and worldwide attention.  [WSLS]
  • Texas is now officially banning Planned Parenthood clinics from receiving federal women’s health funds because they are “an affiliate of an abortion provider.” At least 130,000 low-income women will lose their access to contraception and cancer screenings as a result of this decision. Frisky contributor Andrea Grimes has the story. [Hay Ladies]
  • Please read New York Times op-ed columnist Gail Collins’ thoughts on gender in the 2012 election. Just trust me on this. [New York Times] Keep reading »

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

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Virginia is considering mandating a transvaginal ultrasound. Read More »
Banning Abortions
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PreNDA would ban abortions based on race or sex. Read More »
Public Hanging?
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An NC politician called for the public hanging of abortion providers. Read More »
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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 and ultrasound probe. Keep reading »

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

VA Abortion Bills
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Virginia wants to force women to have ultrasounds before abortions. Read More »
Obama On Abortion
Read the president's statement about Roe Vs. Wade's 39th anniversary. Read More »
Public Hanging?
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An NC politician called for the public hanging of abortion providers. Read More »
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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 an abortion even if they don’t want it. There is absolutely no medical reason to do a transvaginal ultrasound before an abortion, the bill doesn’t provide any exceptions for victims of rape or incest, and opponents of the bill have pointed out that it is, oh, you know, mandating doctors to sexual assault their patients.

Nevertheless, that scary bill passed Virginia’s House of Delegates last week.  Now one politician, Delegate David Englin, a Democrat, is trying to draw attention to the fact that if abortion providers are required to probe women with transvaginal ultrasounds against their will, ultimately these doctors will be punishable under VA’s “object sexual penetration statute.” Keep reading »

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