It’s a strange sensation to start something as a joke, expecting that only your friends on Facebook will see it, and then all of a sudden to see it all over the internet. That’s what happened with my decision to report on my menstrual cycle to all of the Virginia legislators (not just the Republicans, contrary to popular news sources) who voted “yes” on HB462, the “mandatory ultrasound” bill.
With lawmakers dropping their sponsorship and others afraid of the word “ultrasound,” it’s no wonder the legislature has decided to hold off on the debate.
Despite a lack of resolving the issue of offering free ultrasounds that don’t comply with the law, an Idaho senate committee is sending the bill for a full vote.
Same old bill, but a very different type of sponsor.
The proposed ultrasound bill will give a list of crisis pregnancy centers that provide free ultrasounds. But the ultrasounds won’t meet the legal requirements needed to obtain an abortion.
Pro-choice groups took to the capital to protest a proposal to force all women to undergo ultrasounds before an abortion.
Obviously, there’s a memo going out telling lawmakers to not say the “u” word.
This morning women headed to Montgomery, Alabama to protest the forced ultrasound bill making it’s way through the statehouse. Although the bill’s sponsor, Senator Clay Scofield is reportedly backing off the bill that would require trans-vaginal ultrasound prior to a legal abortion, a rally against SB12 is on for today.
The New York Times columnist pens a brutal column on Texas’ mandatory ultrasound bill.
“First trimester ultrasounds are not part of routine prenatal care…So why are politicians now requiring this expensive procedure for a woman who plans to terminate her pregnancy?”