After last week’s political dust-up about access to birth control, we have moved on, as we inevitably must when access to birth control is limited, to abortion rights.
(And, by the way, if we’re going to have Rick Santorum and other Catholic lawmakers insist that what they call “religious liberty” requires them to promote the values of their so-called faith, can they at least be consistent?)
In Virginia, where they apparently believe that women are too stupid to understand the great wisdom of their Republican lawmakers, they recently passed two new abortion laws. As the news story cited notes: “On a 63-36 vote, the House passed a bill that requires women to have a transvaginal ultrasound before undergoing abortions.”
In other words, this.
Let’s think about this. The party that apparently thinks government is too intrusive when it suggests that perhaps we should have environmental safety regulations thinks its perfectly okay to force women to have a doctor shove things into her lady parts. As a commenter noted in this article, “Hmmm, if only there was a word for vaginal penetration without a woman’s consent…”
Republicans are quite obsessed with lady-parts. If you missed it, I can’t recommend this segment of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart highly enough.
As always, Dan Savage has the best idea, to send Virginia legislators pictures of vaginas, since they are so intent on discovering what goes on in them. As soon as I meet with my stylist, I’m sending mine.
Personal circumstances remind me that, if we’re very lucky, we will live long enough for our bodies to fail. Disease isn’t fun, but it’s better than random (or not-so-random) violence. All we have are our bodies, and it should be up to us to take care of them to the best of our abilities, according to the best advice we can get from research and medical professionals.
I don’t want to have to drag my uterus from some Republican’s cold, dead hands.
Martha Thomases, Media Goddess, can only hope the GOP has to run on a platform of forcible vaginal examinations. Unless they win.