Gov. Bob McDonnell: Ultrasound rape is now being replaced by forced external ultrasounds

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Ultrasound rape is now being replaced by forced external ultrasounds, says Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. What a prince of a guy. He was finally pressured into concluding that the practice of women being involuntarily penetrated by a foreign object is unacceptable, that it wouldn't help a vice-presidential run, and that he could still control women anyway.

Please, please, hold your applause.

Via WDBJ7, Governor McDonnell's statement, in part:

It is apparent that several amendments to the proposed legislation are needed to address various medical and legal issues which have arisen. It is clear that in the majority of cases, a routine external, transabdominal ultrasound is sufficient to meet the bills stated purpose, that is, to determine gestational age. I have come to understand that the medical practice and standard of care currently guide physicians to use other procedures to find the gestational age of the child, when abdominal ultrasounds cannot do so. Determining gestational age is essential for legal reasons, to know the trimester of the pregnancy in order to comply with the law, and for medical reasons as well.

Thus, having looked at the current proposal, I believe there is no need to direct by statute that further invasive ultrasound procedures be done. Mandating an invasive procedure in order to give informed consent is not a proper role for the state. No person should be directed to undergo an invasive procedure by the state, without their consent, as a precondition to another medical procedure.

For this reason, I have recommended to the General Assembly a series of amendments to this bill. I am requesting that the General Assembly amend this bill to explicitly state that no woman in Virginia will have to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound involuntarily. I am asking the General Assembly to state in this legislation that only a transabdominal, or external, ultrasound will be required to satisfy the requirements to determine gestational age. Should a doctor determine that another form of ultrasound may be necessary to provide the necessary images and information that will be an issue for the doctor and the patient. The government will have no role in that medical decision.

Isn't it adorable how he continues to believe that what he's doing to women is not invasive? And that the government "will have no role" in medical decisions?

The War on Women continues.

H/t: @pemalevy

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  • Anon

     He may want to run as VP but he cannot run away from his plans on how he would govern, they were on Rachel Maddow last night, she had done her research and it was chilling.

  • Anonymous

    You needed a little
    prioritizing edit here...

    “He was finally
    pressured into concluding that the practice of women being involuntarily
    penetrated by a foreign object wouldn’t help a vice-presidential run,
    that he could still find other ways to
    control women anyways, and, oh yeah, that a few un-Christian whiners out
    there might find it unacceptable.”

    There…all fixed.

    Oh, and, I’m sure
    he’s sorry IF he offended anyone.

    “He was finally
    pressured into concluding that the practice of women being involuntarily
    penetrated by a foreign object wouldn’t help a vice-presidential run,
    that he could still find other ways to
    control women anyways, and, oh yeah, that a few un-Christian whiners out
    there might find it unacceptable.”

    There…all fixed.

    Oh, and, I’m sure
    he’s sorry IF he offended anyone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705915465 Deborah Newell Tornello

    Now he needs to remove the requirement altogether, as the state is placing an undue financial burden on women who seek a legal medical procedure by requiring them to get, and pay for, a totally unnecessary medical procedure. Women and doctors can easily determine "gestational age" of the zygote/embryo/fetus by their last period.  Or is it too "icky" for McDonnell to think about women's bodies and periods and so forth?

    What a fucking douchebag.  Sorry to swear, but I am so over these jokers.