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Project TMI: The Feminist Humor Defense Against the Assault on Our Bodies

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. 

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Pennsylvania Lawmakers Back Out On Ultrasound Bill

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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.

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Idaho “Double Ultrasound” Bill Passes Senate Panel

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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.

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Rhode Island Democrat Introduces Ultrasound Bill Because “Planned Parenthood Didn’t Help Me Plan”

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Same old bill, but a very different type of sponsor.

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Idaho Legislature Proposes Bill To Trick Women Into Visiting Crisis Pregnancy Centers

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.

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Idaho Joins the Rush to Mandate Forced Ultrasounds

Pro-choice groups took to the capital to protest a proposal to force all women to undergo ultrasounds before an abortion.

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Idaho Debates Ultrasound Mandate, Joins “Don’t Say Ultrasound” Brigade

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Obviously, there’s a memo going out telling lawmakers to not say the “u” word.

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As Women Rally, Doctor Speaks Out Against Forced Ultrasound Bill in Alabama

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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.

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Kristof: Mandatory Ultrasound Bills Are “State-Sanctioned Abuse and Humiliation”

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The New York Times columnist pens a brutal column on Texas’ mandatory ultrasound bill.

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Midwife: First-Trimester Ultrasounds Are Not Part of Routine Prenatal Care

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“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?”

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