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BY VICTORIA CRAIG



Thousands of people gathered at the Virginia State Capitol Monday to protest against a series of bills that puts more regulation on abortions in the state. CBS’ “This Morning” explains the details of the controversial legislation.

“Among the proposed laws is a requirement that women seeking an abortion get an invasive ultrasound and a person hood measure that gives embryos full legal rights.”

HLN explains both sides of the controversy — which has both proponents and critics fired up.

“The lawmaker sponsoring it says the person hood measure wouldn’t outlaw abortion, but create a respect for life. Opponents say this type of bill is a backdoor way to block access to abortions and contraceptives.”

A writer for Slate.com says not only is the bill intrusive, but there’s no evidence to suggest an ultrasound is medically necessary before an abortion.

“So the problem is not just that the woman and her physician (the core relationship protected in Roe) no longer matter at all in deciding whether an abortion is proper. It is that the physician is being commandeered by the state to perform a medically unnecessary procedure upon a woman...”

A writer for RH Reality Check takes that analysis further, saying the bill tramples all over women’s rights.


“But let's start calling this what it really is: state sanctioned rape...”

But a writer for Hot Air argues equating the Virginia legislation’s mandate to rape is simply not true — and a huge exaggeration.

“To equate a medical procedure that carries no real risk of negative consequences — like emotional trauma or STDs — with rape, which does carry such consequences, does an enormous injustice to true rape victims. Incidentally, the Virginia law aims to ensure women have as much information as possible before they decide to undergo another medical procedure that does carry an enormous risk of negative consequences— including emotional trauma.”

Virginia isn’t the first state to pass bills requiring an ultrasound before an abortion. According to the Guttmacher Institute, seven other states also require it.

Critics: Va. Abortion Bills 'State-Sanctioned Rape'

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Feb 21, 2012

Critics: Va. Abortion Bills 'State-Sanctioned Rape'

(Image Source: Washington Post) 

 

BY VICTORIA CRAIG



Thousands of people gathered at the Virginia State Capitol Monday to protest against a series of bills that puts more regulation on abortions in the state. CBS’ “This Morning” explains the details of the controversial legislation.

“Among the proposed laws is a requirement that women seeking an abortion get an invasive ultrasound and a person hood measure that gives embryos full legal rights.”

HLN explains both sides of the controversy — which has both proponents and critics fired up.

“The lawmaker sponsoring it says the person hood measure wouldn’t outlaw abortion, but create a respect for life. Opponents say this type of bill is a backdoor way to block access to abortions and contraceptives.”

A writer for Slate.com says not only is the bill intrusive, but there’s no evidence to suggest an ultrasound is medically necessary before an abortion.

“So the problem is not just that the woman and her physician (the core relationship protected in Roe) no longer matter at all in deciding whether an abortion is proper. It is that the physician is being commandeered by the state to perform a medically unnecessary procedure upon a woman...”

A writer for RH Reality Check takes that analysis further, saying the bill tramples all over women’s rights.


“But let's start calling this what it really is: state sanctioned rape...”

But a writer for Hot Air argues equating the Virginia legislation’s mandate to rape is simply not true — and a huge exaggeration.

“To equate a medical procedure that carries no real risk of negative consequences — like emotional trauma or STDs — with rape, which does carry such consequences, does an enormous injustice to true rape victims. Incidentally, the Virginia law aims to ensure women have as much information as possible before they decide to undergo another medical procedure that does carry an enormous risk of negative consequences— including emotional trauma.”

Virginia isn’t the first state to pass bills requiring an ultrasound before an abortion. According to the Guttmacher Institute, seven other states also require it.

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