THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — [UPDATED Backlash triggered? See below.] Are we a civilized nation? I wonder. To control the behavior of society, state House leaders in Virginia seriously considered penetrating ultrasound devices into the far end of a woman’s vagina to take pictures. Once in place, it needs to be manipulated around to find and capture the best images. A scheme I don’t think even George Orwell envisioned.
At least one Republican got a grip on reality before going off the deep end and called off the vagina invasions – Gov. Bob McDonnell at the 11th hour decided he wouldn’t support such a manuever. The House quickly rustled up an alternative bill which requires an external ultrasound instead before a pregnant women is allowed to terminate her pregnancy. With the state Senate already on board with a similar plan, unwanted photos of your uterus may be just what Big Brother ordered.
While all this was going on, Virginia legislators tabled a “personhood” bill until after the 2012 election. Does this mean it’s still being considered? Geez, are we devolving as a society? Like I said earlier, I wonder.
A backlash may be occurring — Michelle Goldberg in The Daily Beast: “Gov. Bob McDonnell balked at an ultrasound law, and a personhood bill fell with it. Are Republicans finally noticing that their crusade against reproductive rights is hurting them . . .
Somehow, the Virginia bill became a symbol of right-wing prurience, invasiveness and insensitivity. The nationwide reaction was so strong it took personhood with it.”
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