Virginia Senate Passes Pre-Abortion Ultrasound Bill
Democrat Janet Howell tried to add rectal rider to bill
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2012 3:05 AM CST
The bill requires an ultrasound at least 24 hours before an abortion.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Virginia's Senate has passed a law requiring women to have an ultrasound before they can obtain an abortion in the first of several anti-abortion measures that the state's Republicans—in control of both chambers and the governorship for only the second time since the Civil War—have in the works. The ultrasound exam will determine the age of the fetus. Women who choose not to view the images will be required to sign a statement, reports the Washington Post. The abortion provider will be required to keep a copy of the images in the patient's file.

Opponents argued that the measure will invade women's privacy and force them to undergo an unnecessary medical treatment. To protest the ultrasound bill, Democratic state Sen. Janet Howell last week proposed an amendment requiring that men being treated for erectile dysfunction undergo a rectal exam and a cardiac stress test. "We should just have a little gender equity here,” she said. Her amendment was shot down, 21-19.

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lvan
Mar 5, 2012 3:16 AM CST
"Opponents argued that the measure will invade women's privacy and force them to undergo an unnecessary medical treatment." Oh? You mean like male genital mutilation?
thirdimpact
Feb 2, 2012 5:04 PM CST
"To protest the ultrasound bill, Democratic state Sen. Janet Howell last week proposed an amendment requiring that men being treated for erectile dysfunction undergo a rectal exam and a cardiac stress test." Except that those procedures are completely unrelated to erectile dysfunction, while an ultrasound of the "fetus" (Latin for "offspring") is completely related to the abortion of said "fetus".
saucier111
Feb 2, 2012 12:02 PM CST
I'm not sure why the GOP party wants to take all our individual rights away.Patriot act and now telling women how to live their lives,and do not tax the rich,lets fuck over the working people. What the GOP means to me Greedy Obstructionist Party. JUST SAY NO!