Jon Stewart: Virginia Bill Turns Women Into Popsicles
He sets his sights on transvaginal ultrasounds
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2012 8:09 AM CST
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(Newser) – A Virginia Democratic delegate told the Richmond Times-Dispatch yesterday that he thought his Republican counterparts are "probably trying to figure out a way to get [the abortion bill brouhaha] off the front pages." Good luck with that. Jon Stewart last night was the latest to pile on in a "Punanny State" segment, in which he slammed the proposal in no uncertain terms—after, of course, reminiscing about seeing the "amazing" Transvaginal Ultrasound, a "15-member jazz-fusion chorus band," in 1994.

But then he got serious: Because a transvaginal ultrasound would be required at such an early stage in pregnancy, "any woman seeking an abortion must, whether she wants to or not, first lay back in a chair with her spread legs, feet in stirrups, and have an eight- to 10-inch wand put inside her—even if the woman in question is pregnant as the result of a rape," Stewart said. "I don't really have a joke here, I just thought I'd tell you." But there's some consolation—the woman doesn't have to look at the image! "Just set your iPod to shuffle, flip through a copy of Vanity Fair, and try to ignore the fact that you're being handled like a human popsicle." Watch the entire segment, which includes Clockwork Orange references, in the gallery.

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Feb 22, 2012 2:43 PM CST
Chris Matthews and Lawrence O'Donnell got it too. In fact I think MSNBC as a whole got it but Jon and Rachel put it the most succinctly. It is by definition of the laws about rape, rape and nothing less. Forcing women to have an ivasive procedure for no medical reason other than to make them feel guilty and ashamed, to humiliate them, is like rape.
Feb 22, 2012 11:43 AM CST
Women seeking abortions should themselves be aborted. Thus spake Wastulas.
Feb 22, 2012 11:34 AM CST
Any woman that votes GOP should be put back into Sarah Palin's vagina where she must have come from.