In the latest effort to afford zygotes personhood, Republicans in the great State of Virginia have passed a bill making physical probing of a women’s a vagina manditory prior to an abortion. If the said carrier refuses to look at ultrasound impressions or listen to the heart beat of the zygote, the doctor must record that in the zygote carrier’s chart. Oh, and both of these things can be done without the woman’s consent. A proposed amendment seeking to require the woman’s written consent was rejected along party lines.
The forcible penetration of a woman’s vagina without her consent is called rape. As noted by Andy Kopsa, under Virginia law Rape is defined as:
§ 18.2-61. Rape.A. If any person has sexual intercourse with a complaining witness, whether or not his or her spouse, or causes a complaining witness, whether or not his or her spouse, to engage in sexual intercourse with any other person and such act is accomplished (i) against the complaining witness’s will, by force, threat or intimidation of or against the complaining witness or another person; or (ii) through the use of the complaining witness’s mental incapacity or physical helplessness; or (iii) with a child under age 13 as the victim, he or she shall be guilty of rape.
Now what is considered rape under Virginia law is being called a new name under this pending law: trans-vaginal ultrasound. Sounds clinical doesn’t it? Just like a legitimate medical procedure.
This reminds me of an episode in the All in the Family in which Gloria made a dinner that was chicken chow mein in name only. She didn’t have the ingredients for chicken chow mein so she substituted. In defense of Gloria’s dinner, Edith explained that the thing that made the food Chicken Chow mein was the name.
In Texas, the thing Virginia’s white men call trans-vaginal ultrasound is also called rape:
Under the Texas penal code penetration of a woman’s vagina without her consent is sexual assault. In other words, it is rape — which is punishable by imprisonment.
Giving it a clinical sounding name doesn’t remove the fact that forcing vaginal penetration on a woman without her consent remains rape.
For at least some women, including me, rape is not a lemon, nor can a pregnancy resulting from it be lemonade as Sharon Angle once claimed. There are some women who hold different opinions then I do. It is their decision alone to decide whether to continue with the pregnancy or not.
Contrary to Frothy’s “insightful” platitude about a rape pregnancy it is not a gift from God or anyone else to at least some women. Among those women, some may accept the existence of a God or not. Whether one views a rape pregnancy as a gift or a crime ultimately that individual has a constitutional right to make her own decisions.
The Virginia bill makes rape mandatory for anyone woman who considers an abortion. As Rachel Maddow puts it, this is about imposing a physical punishment for daring to want an abortion. For women with rape pregnancies, it means being raped a second time, this time in a clinical setting at the hands of a doctor. For women who’s lives are threatened by the pregnancy, it amounts to violating her as a price for saving her life.
But hey, it really doesn’t matter because according to the great minds that came up with this barbaric excuse for legislation, women, including those with rape and incest pregnancies I presume,. already agreed to be raped by the state by virtue of getting pregnant.
The clown who intends to sign this bill is also a front runner as the GOP’s vice presidential candidate for 2012.
On the plus side: This legislation amounts to handing the women’s vote to the Democrats.