[TW on the click through link that ilovecharts put on the picture and the words “Transvaginal Ultrasound” below. Takes you to Wikipedia’s “rape” page.]
Once again, I remind everyone that people in Texas are being subjected to this TODAY in order to get their legal abortions.
Mandatory transvaginal ultrasounds are also law in Oklahoma (and North Carolina, I believe, but for which I can’t find a good link). In OK, unlike Texas, it is not being enforced while it’s being challenged in court (it was ruled unconstitutional here in Texas and yet STILL it’s being enforced).
So, yes, It would be terrible if Virginia got a mandatory ultrasound bill. It would be terrible if Pennsylvania got one, too. Or Kentucky. Or Alaska. Arizona, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama also both require ultrasounds before abortion (though I can’t find anything saying they specifically require transvaginal ultrasounds, though if you are early on in your pregnancy, there is no other option).
But this isn’t just about Virginia CLEARLY. And this is ALREADY happening.
[Jessica Valenti and Jessica Pieklo sent me this .pdf from Guttmacher that lists what the ultrasound requirements are for each state, though I can’t easily determine still which states demand transvaginal. Making me proud, Texas.]
[Also, I owe Misty Clifton and Melissa McEwan of Shakesville and Hegemommy herself, Jessica Pieklo, for helping me figure this all out.]