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.