State Republicans Serve Up Fresh Abortion Bills
Michigan backs off transvaginal ultrasound bill
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 8, 2013 8:55 AM CST
A doctor explains two different ultrasound devices at his clinic in Dallas, Texas, in this file photo. At left is a transvaginal ultrasound device and at right is a topical ultrasound.   (AP Photo/LM Otero)

(Newser) – Republican lawmakers around the country are bringing abortion rights back into the spotlight—much to the chagrin of the party's leaders in Washington, who think the issue was part of the reason Romney lost among women by 11 points. Just this week, Republicans in at least four states introduced legislation restricting abortion, the New York Daily News reports. In Michigan, for instance, 23 Republicans this week co-sponsored a version of the transvaginal ultrasound bill that proved so divisive in Virginia.

Last night Michigan's Republican House speaker said he wouldn't pass the bill, MSNBC reports. "I have absolutely no interest in forcing women to have a transvaginal ultrasound," he said. But Michigan is hardly alone. A bill in Tennessee would require women to undergo a standard ultrasound at least 24 hours before an abortion; another in Alabama could regulate its remaining clinics out of business; and a pair in Arkansas would forbid some insurance coverage for abortions and ban them entirely after 12 weeks. Publicly, DC Republicans say these state efforts won't damage the national brand. But "it can muddy the message the national party is trying to develop," one former House GOP strategist admits.

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Feb 11, 2013 11:55 AM CST
How bout the dudes stay out of the Vagina's and womens issues altogether If you don't want to terminate your pregnancy, don't. If you do GET ER DONE!!!!!!!!!!!
Feb 9, 2013 12:28 PM CST
I'd like to see that trans-vaginal probe used as a trans-anal probe on a few choice Senators. Perhaps they would feel differently about using it on women after that. :)
Feb 9, 2013 10:48 AM CST
Keep pandering to your dying religious base. This will drive people from the GoP and from anything Bible related at the same time. Keep up the good work GoP. You're making this easier and easier for those of us who want to move the country forward.