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Vogel’s ultrasound bill sparks media firestorm

Women in Virginia considering an abortion won’t be required to undergo an internal ultrasound before having the controversial procedure; this after national media outlets zeroed in on contentious legislation sponsored by state Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-27).

Senate Bill 484, a measure introduced by Vogel that would’ve mandated pregnant women have an ultrasound before proceeding with an abortion, garnered vast attention yesterday as a final vote from the state House of Delegates neared.

Gov. Bob McDonnell, a pro-life Republican, played a key role in the drama. McDonnell said after recently discussing the bill with attorneys, legislators, physicians, advocacy groups and other governors, that he believes “there is no need to direct by statute that further invasive ultrasound procedure be done” beyond an external ultrasound.

Following McDonnell’s direction to amend the bill, the House of Delegates on a 65-32 vote passed a substitute measure that nixed the mandatory transvaginal ultrasound.

Following the vote in the House, the revised bill was sent to the Virginia Senate, where the original version passed Feb. 1 by three votes (21-18).

Sen. Vogel, however, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch she intends to withdraw her legislation, which is titled “Abortion; informed consent” on Virginia’s legislative information system website.

As introduced, the bill required that, “as a component of informed consent to an abortion, to determine gestation age, every pregnant female shall undergo ultrasound imaging and be given an opportunity to view the ultrasound image of her fetus prior to the abortion. The medical professional performing the ultrasound must obtain written certification from the woman that the opportunity was offered and whether the woman availed herself of the opportunity to see the ultrasound image or hear the fetal heartbeat. A copy of the ultrasound and the written certification shall be maintained in the woman’s medical records at the facility where the abortion is to be performed.”

Loudoun County Democrats were quick to release a statement on yesterday’s events. The county’s Democratic Committee Chairman Evan Macbeth said Vogel “needs to stop carrying the water of the most socially regressive members of the Republican party and start standing up for the mothers, sisters and daughters of her District.”

“Her sponsorship of SB 484, which was so tasteless that it offended the sensibilities of the entire nation, demonstrates blatant disregard for Virginians and their values,” Macbeth said.


We need to pass a law requiring whoever passes this law to get a transvaginal wand jammed up their butts ... and to have to pay for it out-of-pocket.

Being “branded” could warrant being denied a job by employers if someone got hold of your private files?  This is yet another reason why the bill is egregious and has a potentially discriminatory effect. What were they thinking? NOT

From the draft of the bill Sunshine posted I quote: 

“C.  The qualified medical professional performing fetal ultrasound imaging pursuant to subsection B shall verbally offer the woman an opportunity to view the ultrasound image, receive a printed copy of the ultrasound image and hear the fetal heart tones pursuant to standard medical practice in the community, and shall obtain from the woman written certification that this opportunity was offered and whether or not it was accepted and, if applicable, verification that the pregnant woman lives at least 100 miles from the facility where the abortion is to be performed. A printed copy of the ultrasound image shall be maintained in the woman’s medical record at the facility where the abortion is to be performed for the longer of (i) seven years or (ii) the extent required by applicable federal or state law.”

Following the States verbal inquisition of shame, the scarlet letter is administrated?  You have to wear it for seven years or as required by applicable federal or state law, whichever is greater. Does the ‘A’ remain at the abortionists office or is it transmitted to the patients major medical file?

K. Byron’s bill as amended:


Has anyone read the bill?  I can’t get to it until tomorrow.

The Senate postponed a vote today on the amended ultrasound bill.  This will continue tomorrow.  Please write to or call your representative in the Senate, as well as others, if you wish to have your voice heard.  There are swing voters, Colgan and Puckett, as well as Bolling who might break a tie.

Vogel was keeping a low profile on her radical conservative agenda until this ridiculous bill. Now she’s shown her true colors. I’d bet women won’t forget.

One thing for sure, the republicans are moving more and more people to the middle with their far right extreme social thinking. You’d think they’d wise up and back off and start fixing the economy, transportation and high taxes. Keep pulling stunts like this and OBAMA will get elected again. Because as much as I want lower taxes and less govt, I hate even more all the old farts making abortion more stricter and birth control harder to get while viagra is cheaper.

This is a quote from an email sent to me from Black’s office:

“Although the media has focused a great deal of time on the social issues that have been introduced this session, they only make up a small percentage of the legislation introduced this session.”

I thought it was the “content” of bills, not the “quantity” that was more important.  They must really think we are idiots.  Or perhaps they are for attempting such a lame argument.

What?  The media is responsible for the extremists’ perverted sense of control and unwanted, unnecessary, costly, penetration of private parts and lives?  Yeah. . .

I recall that the Governor and others said in November, “Now we can really get some things done.”  Hmmm.  I for one am glad that news spreads much faster now.  No, they shame themselves by trying to hide behind a “we’ll take care of the jobs and transportation” agenda, using ALEC legislation and sharing it across the nation.  Corporate interests; no interest in helping people, especially women, this year.  No Second Class Citizens Here!

I sent a letter to Black’s office voicing concerns regarding the present moral ans social crusade of Republicans in the General Assembly.  There is emerging a clear agenda that is attempting to assume some sanctimony with regard to individual rights.  It is clearly offending moderate Republicans. 

Black’s office responded to my email in saying that the media was essentially to blame.  Funny,  thank goodness the media was on its toes.

If you go to the Virginia General Assy. website, the truth is their for all to see.  I believe they plan to revisit the issue in the 2013 session.  In the mean time it will be essential to remain vigilant until more moderate voices have an opportunity for change in 2014.

All the self-righteous out there ... I don’t know what God you pray to ... maybe the same God that told GW to invade Iraq. Stop. Just stop.  We don’t need it. We don’t need big guberment telling us what to do, forcing us to participate in commerce by getting our vagis sonared and increasing our healthcare costs. This is 1940’s nazi $hit!!

Ron Paul 2012!!!

At least one of them, Rep. Dave Albo, tried on the House floor to make a bid for Co-opted Conservative Comedy by diminishing the seriousness of the mandated trans-vaginal probe.  Where’s the decorum and the jobs?  He cannot even bring himself to say the “v” word yet wastes taxpayer money with his skit.  He’s no Jon Stewart!

Nice Jill, check the facts after the fact.  Rather scary to know this is how our legislature rolls in Virginia.  What else do our esteemed lawmakers do on the fly???

BTW this a potion of Vogel’s letter on her website:

“I say this because in recent days, new information about the ultrasound bill has placed a number of facts in conflict. I have received feedback from physicians, clinicians, lawyers and constituents and clearly, I do not have all of the answers. Also, information came to me yesterday that the Governor was hurrying amendments to the floor. In light of all of that, I knew it was time for me to call “time out” on my bill.”

Should have don your homework, lady.  Now I need to call the “Dick” Black on the carpet.

Forcing people to participate in commerce who don’t want to participate by paying for an unnecessary service. Doesn’t that violate the constitution and increase healthcare costs? Am I missing something here? Or is the double standard now “the” standard.

Do these politicians even read the bills for better or worse?  Then, they say they did not know “it” was in there.  All of these folks need to be recalled and voted out of office for garbage like this, coming from a moderate Republican.

Our esteemed governor is saying he never knew the bill referred to “internal” probes.  Gee, SOMEONE knew about it!  What a sorry basket of liars.  I will remember them all when they try to run for office in the future, especially Gov. “Ronald McDonald” who wants to be a VP pick.

While the Daily Show pokes proverbial fun at the issue, there are many other sites for research.  Just google Virginia’s trans-vaginal ultrasound probe and the FBI definition of rape for starts.

Any unwanted penetration is rape Jeanne…an unwanted vaginal probe for the required sonogram would then be considered rape…not too hard to figure out.  The most amazing thing about this entire bill is the fact that Jill is now saying she didn’t know the sonogram would be internal…how can you sponsor a bill you haven’t even researched?  And Jeanne maybe you should also do some fact checking before posting…

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