The blow to women’s rights was heard and felt all across the Commonwealth today, it echoed through the halls of the General Assembly as well as the coal mining regions of far Southwest Virginia.
The Virginia State Senate passed the amended ultrasound bill requiring women to submit to an abdominal ultrasound procedure before seeking an abortion by a vote of 21-19.
The original bill would have required a woman have either an abdominal or an intravaginal ultrasound when seeking an abortion. The intravaginal procedure was opposed by many physician’s and women’s groups as being invasive.
The bill was further amended to exclude women seeking abortions in cases of rape or incest. The bill will now go to the desk of Governor Bob McDonnell for his signature.
With Republican lawmakers turning deaf ears on the wants of the women voters of Virginia, will this foretell the future of further meddling by the GOP in the lives of our citizens?
The women of this state were not afraid to show their displeasure at the legislation the GOP was trying to slip through this session. We did make inroads and we did play a part in keeping some bills from becoming law this year.
We have to look ahead to November, and keep ourselves focused on the road ahead. Now is not the time to sit back and relax.