Virginia Republicans suddenly uneasy about being identified as rapists

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 · 3 Comments »

Good news on the state-mandated object rape bill. Gov. Bob McDonnell checked the poll numbers, looked out at the protesters on the Capitol grounds, watched Saturday Night Live and the Daily Show, and suddenly realized that maybe he doesn’t want this particular tin can around his neck. Of course he’s not admitting that; instead he’s pretending that he’s just now discovered what the bill involves:

I have come to understand that the medical practice and standard of care currently guide physicians to use other procedures to find the gestational age of the child, when abdominal ultrasounds cannot do so.

Really? You didn’t know that before? You’re the fricking governor and you didn’t know? Gosh, Bob. Clearly the only honorable thing for you to do is to resign immediately on account of being a total moron.

Anyway, here’s the important part of his statement:

Mandating an invasive procedure in order to give informed consent is not a proper role for the state. No person should be directed to undergo an invasive procedure by the state, without their consent, as a precondition to another medical procedure.

No shit, Sherlock. God, you’re like a genius.

Snark aside, this is an excellent turn of events and I’m very relieved. I’ll be even more relieved if the Senate just kills the bill entirely, which is a possibility. It turns out that Senator Jill Vogel, the sponsor of the bill, is now feeling driven by her “conscience” to strike it: “There are moments when you are a legislator when you have to stop and you have to have a moment of real conscience,” Vogel said. “I sort of had that moment this morning considering the outcome and the fate of this bill.”

Knowing her, I think what she means here is that she can’t in good “conscience” let the bill go forward in its weakened state, because her “conscience” demands that abortion-seeking women be raped with a giant probe. I think.

Anyway, I want to circle back to one thing in the Governor’s statement, the part where he cited the rationale for the ultrasound bill:

Determining gestational age is essential for legal reasons, to know the trimester of the pregnancy in order to comply with the law, and for medical reasons as well.

And do you why it’s essential for legal reasons? Because Virginia law requires second-trimester abortions to be performed only in licensed hospitals. There is no medical reason for that; it’s purely a maneuver to make abortions harder to get.

Slippery slopes, kids.

By the way, be sure to vote in the Identify The U.S. Citizen poll below. Virginia’s Egg People bill is still pending!

3 Responses to “Virginia Republicans suddenly uneasy about being identified as rapists”

  1. BJK says:

    Violet,

    Pierce had some choice entries:

    Bob McDonnell For Veep!
    ***
    Arroooogah! Arroooogah! Dive. Dive!

    So, suddenly, vice-presidential timber Bob starts to have second thoughts about the Dildos Mandating Dildos Act Of 2012. Bob’s “backing off” his committment to organized medievalism. Good for you, Bob. By way of explanation, The Washington Post reports this little nugget without any concern that some of its readers may keel over laughing:

    Many of the bill’s supporters were apparently unaware of how invasive the procedure could be, one of the officials added.
    ****

    and, I love this one out of Georgia:

    The First Cut Is The Deepest

    Can I just say, for the eternal record, that, if this were truly a just society, Georgia state representative Yasmin Neal would be emperor?

    Ms. Neal was the driving force behind a brilliant bill filed yesterday that would outlaw vasectomies in Georgia on anti-abortion grounds — namely, that the lives of millions of potential “persons” were snuffed out because of the vas deferens between the way we see men as reproductive critters and the way we see women as reproductive critters:

    Thousands of children are deprived of birth in this state every year because of the lack of state regulation over vasectomies,” said Rep. Yasmin Neal, D-Riverdale, author of the Democrats’ bill.

    “It is patently unfair that men can avoid unwanted fatherhood by presuming that their judgment over such matters is more valid than the judgment of the General Assembly, while women’s ability to decide is constantly up for debate throughout the United States.”

    (Note to news editors around the country: Why is this necessarily a “tongue-in-cheek” announcement? Is there any less logic to it than there is behind all the “personhood” amendments, and all the other anti-choice laws, that are popping up around the country, including in Georgia, which prompted this gambit in the first place.)
    **** (emphasis mine)

    Entries like these and his throwing in the phrase “have I mentioned how much of a dick Santorum is?” in every possible entry have made his blog a regular stop for me.

  2. tinfoil hattie says:

    Woo-hoo! Thank you, Violet and all women who fought this. Thank you for keeping it on my “front burner,” Violet. As a fellow Virginian, I was seething with rage over this crap!

    I feel like we just got a small victory.

  3. Violet Socks says:

    Me too, tinfoil.