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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Vagina Is For Probers

Posted by Dan Savage on Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 10:29 AM

So... are you up on this law that was passed by the GOP-dominated state legislature in Virginia and that Virginia's anti-lady, anti-gay, anti-choice, anti-sex Republican governor has pledged to sign?

The Virginia state House of Delegates voted 63 to 36 to pass a bill requiring that women seeking abortions undergo a transvaginal ultrasound, which requires a probe being inserted into the vagina. Delegate Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria) criticized the bill, saying "We're talking about inside a woman's body. This is the first time, if we pass this bill, that we will be dictating a medical procedure to a physician." The House also voted down by a vote of 64 to 34 an amendment, which requires the women's consent for the transvaginal ultrasound probe. This means a probe must be inserted into the woman's vagina with or without her consent if she seeks an abortion. The bill will now go to the state Senate. Republican Governor Bob McDonnell indicated that he will sign the bill.

Why so restrained, Ms. Magazine? Call it what it is: state-sanctioned rape. And that blogger isn't being hyperbolic: forcing a vaginal probe into a woman's vagina without her consent meets the legal definition of rape in Virginia. Rachel Maddow did anger/fury/rage-inducing segments on the new law on her February 14th and February 15th broadcasts. Watch both segments. Right now. Watch Rachel go.

Did you watch? Okay...

It seems to me that a large, loud, and highly disruptive protest is in order. Here's a suggestion: if the Virginia GOP and Virginia's Republican state legislators and Virginia's Republican governor want a look inside your vagina—with a vaginal ultrasound—why not let 'em have a look? Project images of vaginas and vaginal canals onto the state capitol, the buildings that surround it, and the Virginia state GOP party's HQ; pack the public galleries in the state house and senate chambers with few hundred women and have 'em throw thousands of flyers with images of vaginas on 'em down on the heads and desks of Virginia's legislators. Blanket both chambers with vaginas—give the GOPervs what they want and grind state business to a halt.

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