Wisconsin Legislators Push for Forced Transvaginal Ultrasound Bill


With an anti-choice politicians in most of the major top political rolls in the state, it’s little wonder that Wisconsin abortion opponents are downright gleeful about restricting access to abortion during the 2013 session.

Of course, no one really expected them to be quite so public in their glee.

“We are in a very good place in Wisconsin,” The Capitol Times reports Assembly Speaker Robin Vos saying at a recent Wisconsin Right to Life Legislative Conference, where anti-choice advocates and politicians met to discuss their plans for the year. “We have a pro-life Legislature, pro-life governor in Scott Walker and a pro-life attorney general (J.B. Van Hollen). We can all wrap our arms around this agenda.”

First up in that “arm-wrapping” agenda is a forced ultrasound bill, including use of an invasive vaginal ultrasound for early terminations of pregnancy so that a “heartbeat” can be heard. Wisconsin Right to Life director Barbara Lyons declares that forced ultrasounds are needed “not only [to] save lives…but save women a lifetime of regret,” according to the Times.

Lyons later explained that it was just critics who would claim that a vaginal ultrasound would be needed, despite the fact that it is virtually impossible to hear a hear a heartbeat without a vaginal ultrasound until at least 10 weeks gestation.

The proposed bill is called the “Woman’s Right to Know her Unborn Child Act,” and unsurprisingly, it is not being embraced with open arms by abortion rights supporters.

“It is not surprising that anti-choice politicians are once again attempting to insert themselves between a woman and her doctor, mandating medical procedures which, in this case, would force women early in pregnancy to undergo a trans-vaginal ultrasound before obtaining an abortion,” Jenni Dye, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin told RH Reality Check. “Vos, [Senate Majority Leader Scott] Fitzgerald, and other anti-choice politicians in Wisconsin clearly did not get the memo voters sent in November – we are tired of divisive attacks on women and are ready for politicians to focus on jobs and the economy.”

“These anti-choice politicians need to do their own job and stop trying to do our doctors’ job.”

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  • korhal

    So much for Republicans pushing for “limited government.”

    • http://twitter.com/JenGStarr Jennifer Starr

      A government small enough to fit inside the uterus of each woman, apparently. The right wing is really sickening sometimes.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1503069882 Mimi Champlin

      The women legislators and citizens who support this should have it done to them publically daily.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ella.warnock.7 Ella Warnock

    Doctors have managed to perform safe, early terminations for years without vaginal ultrasounds. Despite all the chest-beating by anti-choicers about heartbeats, a woman can make a perfectly sound choice without ever more invasive and manipulative procedures. And “forced ultrasounds”! Jeez, these people are loud and proud about annihilating women’s bodily autonomy. This is completely unacceptable.

    • Miss_Beara

      I wonder who is suppose to pay for these forced ultrasounds. I had to have one, not forced, and not only is it incredibly uncomfortable it is ridiculously expensive WITH insurance!

      • http://www.facebook.com/ella.warnock.7 Ella Warnock

        According to anti-choicers I suppose it’s perfectly fine to expect the taxpayers to pick up the tab. They don’t think they should have to pay for contraception, and I don’t think I should have to pay for forced ultrasounds. It is incredibly uncomfortable, and I’ve heard so many of these people say, oh, no big deal, what’s the problem.

  • http://www.facebook.com/steven.weix.9 Steven Weix

    these same people who don’t want people to touch their guns see no issue with people they don’t know forcibly (under new law) shoving things into their vaginas? oh ok then. just glad you all cleared that up for me. cool.

    • Miss_Beara

      “don’t you dare touch my guns, that is my right! Oh, you are a woman? I get to tell you want goes on in your uterus, that is also my right.”

      These people disgust me. They don’t have anything better to do other than invading the bodies of millions of women. This certainly doesn’t feel like the 21st century.

  • http://twitter.com/WendiKent Wendi Kent

    Thank you for reporting this, Robin. We are definitely getting the news out and around here in WI.

  • John H

    On the plus side, we have a good shot this year at getting a new state supreme court justice with a reality-based worldview, which might serve as a roadblock to some of the most egregiously bad laws. Also, our crooked-ass governor might still go to jail, though our lieutenant governor isn’t any less awful. The necessity for constant politicking and activism is getting exhausting, but we’ll continue doing what we can to fight the crazy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1068734033 Sarah Conte

    I’d like to propose the “Woman’s Right to be Left the Hell Alone About her Personal Medical Choices Act.” I think it will be a hit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1503069882 Mimi Champlin

    so they want to save women by shoving something up their vagina…they’re all voyeuristic assholes and should be tied up and ultrasounded…the men rectally

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  • Euphony618

    Um…. I suppose they don’t realize that because most women receive abortions in the early weeks of pregnancy, they’ll see nothing on an ultrasound that resembles much of a live infant.

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