Virginia Governor signs Ultrasound law…

This from the L. A. Times:

Maybe this will get him the VP nomination.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has signed into law a controversial bill requiring women to have an ultrasound before undergoing an abortion.

The bill sparked a national furor among abortion rights activists who argued that the intent was to make it more costly and more difficult for women to receive abortions.

So here we have a medically unnecessary procedure being forced on women (and their doctors) in a not-so-secret effort to discourage women’s choice. There’s another problem here with serious legal complications:

Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond, said the law might place an undue burden on women, making it vulnerable to legal challenge. Enforcement could also be problematic, he said, because it could violate doctor-patient confidentiality.

“How is the state going to verify that there’s been compliance by a doctor unless they see records?” Tobias said in an interview last week. “I don’t know how you can prevent the state from seeing the names” of patients, he said.

As I have said before, free women should stay out of Virginia.

BTW – Happy International Women’s Day.

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Posted on March 8, 2012, in Announcement, campaign, editorial, election, ethics, event, Family, government, Health Care, Internet, Legal, News, Opinion, Politics, Press, primaries, quote, Religion, Science, sex, vote, Warning, Word from Bill and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. McDonnell has effectively torpedoed any chance that he had of receiving the Republican VP nod. Through the last 45 days, his policies have effectively linked him with a growing movement of old, religious men who think that they know (and can therefore legislate) women’s reproductive systems. He has, essentially, made himself the poster child for an image problem that his party has long had. Republican strategists know that if they put McDonnell on the ticket, they will not receive more than 25% of the female vote.

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