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Introducing the Bob McDonnell Transvaginal Probe, Hand Crafted by Republicans

Since a proposed amendment to the bill–a provision that would have had the patient consent to this bodily intrusion or allowed the physician to opt not to do the vaginal ultrasound–failed on 64-34 vote, the law provides that women seeking an abortion in Virginia will be forcibly penetrated for no medical reason. I am not the first person to note that under any other set of facts, that would constitute rape under state law.Dahlia Lithwick

The Bob McDonnell Transvaginal Probe
Hand-crafted by Virginia Republicans

There goes the state’s “Virginia is for Lovers” slogan.

It doesn’t quite have the same meaning anymore. Neither does “informed consent.” From Lithwick, what the bill actually says:

Abortion; informed consent. Requires that, as a component of informed consent to an abortion, to determine gestation age, every pregnant female shall undergo ultrasound imaging and be given an opportunity to view the ultrasound image of her fetus prior to the abortion. The medical professional performing the ultrasound must obtain written certification from the woman that the opportunity was offered and whether the woman availed herself of the opportunity to see the ultrasound image or hear the fetal heartbeat. A copy of the ultrasound and the written certification shall be maintained in the woman’s medical records at the facility where the abortion is to be performed. – SB 484 Abortion; informed consent.

Virginia hasn’t changed much for women since I first lived here and had to cross state lines to get a legal procedure, otherwise known as an abortion. I’ve talked about this before and do in my book in the chapter “Is Freedom Just for Men?” I did so for a reason, which now seems positively prescient and I’m proud to say so.

I was safe once I got to New York, but in 2012, women aren’t safe in Bob McDonnell’s Virginia.

Bob McDonnell is hoping for a spot on Mitt Romney’s ticket, but right now Mr. Romney has bigger problems than an anchor like Transvaginal Probe Bob, the man who is gnashing his teeth to sign a bill that codifies rape with a wand into Virginia law.

Republicans actually think this will work up against Barack Obama and Joe Biden? Republicans are the dumbest men on the planet.

Darrell Issa pretty much proved that yesterday with his all-male witness hearing on Pres. Obama’s free contraceptive mandate, but which Issa chose to frame as “Lines Crossed: Separation of Church and State. Has the Obama Administration Trampled on Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Conscience?”

Living in Virginia with Transvaginal Probe Bob at the helm is surreal and more like “Legs Crossed: Separation of Women from Their Right to be Free. Are the American People Going to Let the Republican Party Make Women Property Again, This Time by The State?”

For young women who think they’re free and in control of things in the modern world, one mistake could mean forcible rape, compliments of Bob McDonnell and his transvaginal-probing Republican pals who are taking women back a century, one state at a time.

Now you see why religious conservatives have always been hopped up on states rights fever?

They’re going to stop women from having sex out of wedlock and for anything but procreation if it’s the last thing they do.

It well may be.

If Transvaginal Probe Bob is picked as vice presidential nominee with the so-called “informed consent” rape law on his record, Joe Biden will eat him for lunch.

That’s providing Mitt Romney wins Michigan, because Rick Santorum doesn’t need him and neither do the upper crust Republicans waiting for 2016 and know you can’t win an election without women.

The majority of women won’t vote for anyone who signed a state “informed consent” law that demands their daughters, nieces and granddaughters could be subjected to forced penetration of a transvaginal Bob McDonnell probe, which Republicans today consider “informed consent.”

Senator Janet Howell got it right back in January. If women have to be subjected to Bob McDonnell and his transvaginal probe then men should have to undergo a rectal exam and prove a healthy heart to get a prescription for Viagra.

Men of Virginia wouldn’t hear of such a thing, but they think it’s just fine to force a woman in crisis to have a hand-crafted by Republicans Bob McDonnell transvaginal probe inserted into her body against her will.

I don’t see how this doesn’t end up in a lawsuit.

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19 Responses to Introducing the Bob McDonnell Transvaginal Probe, Hand Crafted by Republicans

  1. Art Pronin February 17, 2012 at 2:38 am #

    this is like the law perry passed in tx in 2010 where women must have this same probe done- 5th circuit said its ok! yeah right.

    good thing terry mac is going to run for VA guv in 2013 and I think he wil win it this time. Oh and this anti woman crap is reallypiling up into this epic february. So much so  carville and greenberg’s latest dem corp poll is one to note- unmarried women have swung so hard to the dems, plus seniors and suburbinites that we are nearing 08 dem support levels- and we can thank this crap from the gop for it all-

    • Taylor Marsh February 17, 2012 at 2:45 am #

      Yep, state by state, that’s the way it’s being done, Art.

      Gas prices are now all the rage on the right.  Summer gas prices, that’s where they’re turning.

      • Art Pronin February 17, 2012 at 3:15 am #

        yep like every summer. recall gore 2000?

  2. jinbaltimore February 17, 2012 at 4:31 am #

    Can we now stop saying that the President ceding ground on exempting Women’s Health Care is a win?  When he gives, they just take more.




    • Taylor Marsh February 17, 2012 at 9:32 am #

      As a colleague of mine says often, there is no “we.”

      You can say whatever you want jinbaltimore.  That’s what’s important about commenting & the emails I get.

      But mandated contraception in “Obamacare” is a win.

      • jinbaltimore February 17, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

        Agreed, as long as it stays “mandated.”  Not sure that’s how this is going to end given Obama’s history on women’s health and compromising with the lunatic right.

    • DerFarm February 17, 2012 at 10:38 am #

      So, this is Obama’s fault?  Right?  So, I guess it doesn’t matter if I vote for Santorum or not because Obama is just as bad?  I don’t know if you realize what you said sounds like, but sheesh lady.  Get real.

      • jinbaltimore February 17, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

        Such a pretty paper tiger…I’ll add it to the mobile I’m working on.

  3. secularhumanizinevoluter February 17, 2012 at 5:23 am #

    The breadth and scope of just how clueless, misogynistic and racist these assmonkeys are is trully something to behold. That any woman, no matter WHAT their political party would vote for someone as vile as TransvagBob is as clear a symptom of Stockholm Syndrome as I have ever seen.

    I think in all fairness since SHE was allowed to abort a fetus santorums wife should publicly undergo one just to show the ladies it’s no big deal.

  4. ladywalker68 February 17, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    Taylor-Now is as good of a time as any to share this image with you:


    • Taylor Marsh February 17, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

      OH! I’m using that this weekend, Saturday, in my column. F-ing priceless.

      • ladywalker68 February 18, 2012 at 3:10 am #

        I thought you might like it. Happy Friday!  ;-)

    • secularhumanizinevoluter February 17, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

      LOVE it…should be a T shirt!!


    • angels81 February 17, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

      Great image, really hits the nail right on the head.

  5. casualobserver February 17, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    I don’t see how this doesn’t end up in a lawsuit.

    In fact, if the ACLU hasn’t already prepared their filing based on the Texas legislation, you should stop signing over your book proceeds to them.

    No doubt, the amygdaloid body in your temporal lobe is working overtime right now, but consider these two ameliorating facets: 1. you do realize the vaginal ultrasound is pretty much medical SOP for any early term procedure. If the woman schedules an abortion procedure, she would likely experience the transducer regardless of the legislation. The legislation actually did start with that medical fact known….they didn’t magically invent the procedure on their own. 2. As a student of constitutional law, you should appreciate this should help further define what is limited by PP v Casey and what is not.

    On that same latter vein,  the “personhood” issue being raised again is actually good for jurisprudence too. Even if you love what Roe v Wade allows, you can’t seriously argue it was good and logical jurisprudence. It was simply a punt. If we are going to ever find a solid legal landing strip for abortion rights and restrictions, we have to do better than just invent constitutional rights on the fly……and then say, well, if the legislatures ever provide better definitions of personhood, then this ruling is no good anyway.

    I haven’t really focused on the contraception piece……I’m not sure I see my legal defense on that one yet.

  6. angels81 February 17, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    I take issue with your first point that vaginal ultrasound is medical SOP in the first trimester. From everything I’ve read and heard it is unnecessary and wouldn’t show anything anyways in the early stages of pregnancy. But of course that’s not the real issue, the real issue is the state ordering the vaginal ultrasound without the women’s consent. You could almost call this state approved rape.

    As far as the rest of your legal mumbo jumbo I’ll leave that to others.

  7. casualobserver February 17, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    Fifty-eight percent of all abortions for which gestational age was reported were performed at <8 weeks of gestation,

    The Radiologist or your own doctor may feel that this procedure is needed. This examination takes the standard sonogram examination one step further, by introducing a special probe that can be placed directly in the vagina. Before six to eight weeks the standard exam may not give the information needed. The Intravaginal Sonogram using the special probe, improves visibility due to its position inside the vagina. Under six to eight weeks of age, a fetus may not be seen by standard sonography. The ovaries also are small and difficult to see through the abdomen. Placing the Intravaginal Probe closer to the uterus and ovaries, improves the quality of the images.

    But of course that’s not the real issue, the real issue is the state ordering the vaginal ultrasound without the women’s consent.

    Think about that sentence you wrote above……..and you expect me to believe a medical professional will proceed with any form of exam “without the woman’s consent”?  You might wish to argue the consent is emotionally coerced, but it will definitely be “obtained” prior to anything being done.

    • secularhumanizinevoluter February 18, 2012 at 11:44 am #

      Excuse me….the state is ORDERING a medical procedure. With NO knowledge or training. With NO reason other then making an already difficult decision even more difficult and traumatic. To try to claim otherwise is simply dishonesty…however considering the individual being responded to that comes as no surprise to anyone. It is RAPE ordered by the state. Pure and simple. Ordered by repugnantklan/teabagger wack jobs. In other words…your heros.

  8. mbolack February 18, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    Perhaps we need a corresponding law mandating that all Virginia legislators be subjected to an anal probe ultrasound to see if we can determine how far their heads have really traveled up that particular orifice!  Then they would be required to view it and have a mandatory waiting period before they can vote.

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