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On Clueless Congressmen and Trans-vaginal Ultrasounds

Rep. Sean Duffy.

Rep. Sean Duffy  “probably agrees” with mandatory transvaginal ultrasound legislation. But he doesn’t really know because, he says, “I haven’t had one.” Well, I have. I’ve had several, in fact. So, Rep. Duffy, pull up a chair and let me explain how a transvaginal ultrasound works, and how it feels.

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In Letter, Texas Department of Health Accused by Ten Democratic Legislators of Subverting Democratic Process

Newly released documents show Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Tom Seuhs instructed his staff to try to create new abortion reporting requirements that would please one anti-choice legislator–and also “not be offensive to women.”

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Texas Bureaucrats Listen To, But Do Not *Hear,* Concerns of Providers on Unnecessary Regulations

The Texas Department of State Health Services Council met this week to push forward the potential adoption of new abortion reporting requirements drafted at the best of one rogue, anti-choice legislator, but the opposition from pro-choice Texans is finally gaining steam.

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Unnecessary Restrictions on Abortion Care: How Democracy Side-Stepping Sausage Is Made, Texas-Style

How did one Texas legislator get the state Department of Health Services to enact requirements on abortion care that failed to pass even the Texas legislature? Documents show the answer is simple: he just asked. Yet despite inquiries, the DSHS can not justify many of the requirements and seems not to have thought them through.

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Censoring Doonesbury on Abortion: It’s So Sad It’s Not Even Funny

What does it say about the state of our society when so many state legislators seem to make the passage of laws de-humanizing women their main priority, but newspapers are afraid of running comic strips satirizing these laws? Garry Trudeau, the brilliant political cartoonist, has produced a series on forced trans-vaginal sonogram laws in Texas, but papers in a number of the states with similar laws are not running it.

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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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Alabama Co-Sponsor of Forced Ultrasound Bill Denies Selling Equipment to Abortion Clinics, But Providers Tell a Different Story

A senator pushing for mandatory ultrasounds in Alabama claims his company wouldn’t benefit financially.  But is he telling the truth?

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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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Violation by Ultrasound: Not Just Physical

While there has been much fury recently over Virginia’s recently proposed transvaginal ultrasound bill, other states’ anti-choice lawmakers have chosen the equally unacceptable route of psychological—rather than physical—violation of women.

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In Partial Victory, Virginia Governor Suddenly Finds Medical Evidence Important, Backs Off State-Sanctioned Rape

After a year of signing laws and regulations decried by medical professionals as unnecessary and costly intrusions into the doctor-patient relationship, Bob McDonnell has suddenly found religion on medical evidence.  At least a little bit. He now says he will not sign mandatory trasn-vaginal ultrasounds into law. But he’ll restrict women’s rights other ways.

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