They couldn’t simply fling the abdominal inducer over the woman’s stomach and claim to have “performed” an ultrasound.
Misuse of the “rape” accusation by abortion advocates against those who use ultrasound procedures made even some in the abortion industry uncomfortable, as they themselves follow the practice. Sociologist Carole Joffe wrote in Slate.com that a longtime abortion provider posed the question to colleagues on a listserv, “Are we now going to have to convince our patients we are not raping them?”
However, because of the hysteria, legislators went out of their way to clarify the issue by amending the bill to state clearly that it would require only a “transabdominal” ultrasound. The bill then was passed by the Senate 21-19.
The politically necessitated change in language did not appease the malice of abortion advocates, whose only goal is to prevent women from seeing their unborn baby on an ultrasound monitor. They not only kept up the shrill rhetoric, but took it a step further. During the final debate on the bill in the Virginia House, Delegate Charniele Herring, Alexandria Democrat, outrageously stated that requiring the external “transabdominal ultrasound is tantamount to battery.”
Seriously? Does that mean that Planned Parenthood of Virginia and physicians’ offices across the state are “battering” women with “unnecessary” procedures? If not, then don’t all women in the state deserve the common-sense standard of care that even Planned Parenthood admits is necessary before abortion?
Evidently not. Simply put, Ms. Herring and her allies are defending substandard abortion care in their state. They’re doing so with inflamed rhetoric that shows they aren’t really defenders of women but rather defenders of those who exploit women. Shame.