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Governor Bob McDonnell Signs Forced Ultrasound Bill, Raising Costs and Time Involved in Abortion Care

After weeks of protest in the state of Virginia and nationally, Governor Bob McDonnell signs a bill forcing women to have and pay out of pocket for an expensive and often medically-unnecessary medical procedure before they can terminate a pregnancy, suggesting it is an effort to “empower women.”

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A “Kerfluffle” Over Forced Ultrasound? An Open Letter to Governor McDonnell

Governor Bob McDonnell is trying to play down the outrage over an intrusive law mandating unnecessary medical procedures by calling it a “kerfluffle,” suggesting he is trying to “empower women,” and spreading other misinformation about the bill.  A resident of Virginia responds.

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Your Body Under Arrest: Police in Riot Gear Remove Peaceful Women’s Rights Protestors in Virginia

See more photos from the protest at Richmond-based Style Weekly's Facebook page.

Pictures worth 10,000 words… Virginia sends in riot police to arrest peaceful protestors supporting women’s rights.  Apparently, they can occupy your uterus, but you can’t occupy your state capitol.

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What I Learned Today in Virginia: Orwellian Logic in 2012

Early this morning, I learned that Governor McDonnell had ordered a SWAT Team to cover a Candlelight Vigil I attended the night before at the Governor’s Mansion. Riot police were hiding in the bushes, while my two small children and I sang, “This Little Light of Mine.”  And that was only the beginning of my lesson.

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State Senator Coleman on Alabama’s Mandated Ultrasound Bill: “It’s Rape”

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Another day, another state-sanctioned rape bill, this time in Alabama where, conveniently, the head of the committee voting for the bill is also president of an ultrasound manufacturing company.

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