The Return of State-Sponsored Sexual Assualts of Women

Republicans in Michigan are bringing back transvaginal ultrasounds for women who want an abortion.

20 comments on this post.
  1. MAJeff:

    This just allows GOP Ob-Gyns to “practice their love on women.”

  2. avoidswork:

    If at first you don’t succeed, probe and probe again.

  3. efgoldman:

    Why don’t they just short circuit all this bullshit, and make a law making women (all women, not just married women) chattel. And while they’re at it, make women worth 3/5 of a male.
    They want to turn Michigan into 1859 Mississippi, what the hell. Nobody has to live there.

  4. H-Bob:

    Then why not trans-anal probes for gun owners ? Don’t want a inflamed hemmoroid to cause a shooting spree !

  5. efgoldman:

    Hey, I like that!
    I mean the idea. I like the idea!

  6. Dana Houle:

    “Moderate” governor Rick Snyder woon’t push this, because he’s “moderate.” But when the whackadoodle Republican legislature passes this, he’ll get a call from Amway’s Dick DeVos reminding Snyder who his boss is, and that disobeying the boss will result in $10m spent on a primary challenge, and Snyder will dutifully fall in line and sign the bill.

  7. J. R. in W. Va.:

    My very first thought was that Republican lawmakers who vote for such a legally-required rape be given proctoscope examinations to determine if their brains are mislocated anally.

    Then I clicked to the TPM story and the very first comment posted was that exact recommendation.

    Great minds…..

    It is obvious that Republican law makers have no understanding of freedom, the American founding documents, rights of people to be free from unwelcome bodily insertions, and don’t know the difference between right and wrong.

    Scary by true… these people can’t tell the difference between right and wrong, and they believe that they have the ability to lead the country. Lead it into the middle ages, or perhaps even the dark ages.

    What monsters they are!

  8. thebewilderness:

    (e) Because many abortions in this state are performed in
    17 clinics devoted solely to providing abortions, women who seek
    18 abortions at these clinics normally do not have a prior patient19
    physician relationship with the physician performing the abortion
    20 nor do these women continue a patient-physician relationship with
    21 the physician after the abortion. In many instances, the woman’s
    22 only actual contact with the physician performing the abortion
    23 occurs simultaneously with the abortion procedure, with little
    24 opportunity to receive counsel concerning her decision.

    This nor prior relationship justification applies to almost any hospital and clinic visit or surgical procedure that any person has.
    So why would this apply only to women and abortion? I’m not quite sure how a vaginal probe substitutes for a prior relationship with a doctor, but if it is so then it should be required for any procedure from stitching up your owie to open heart surgery. Wouldn’t you think?

  9. Fake Irishman:

    This is going to be an interesting floor debate because the house leadership took away the speaking privileges of two female legislators for saying the word “vagina” during the last group of ridiculous bills that went through in 2012. I wonder if the chair will rule “transvaginal” to be a dirty word or not.

  10. CD:

    I thought that had been outsourced to extraterrestrials.

  11. Linnaeus:

    Ding! Ding! Case of Turtle Wax for you.

  12. BigHank53:

    Depends on whether the person saying the word has a vagina or not.

  13. ironic irony:

    TMI alert- but….

    Very early in my pregnancy (around 6 weeks), I had a transvaginal ultrasound done. Voluntarily. The RE wanted to check for multiple embryos, a heartbeat, and to ensure the embryo and fetal pole were present. Even with me being relaxed for the procedure, it was still VERY uncomfortable. It’s not exactly a small piece of equipment. I can’t imagine having it done against my wishes. This whole thing disgusts me.

  14. rea:

    Amway’s Dick DeVos

    Erik Prince’s brother-in-law, don’t forget, just in case some muscle is necessary . . .

  15. Halloween Jack:

    Now I’m realizing why TPM still has the 2012 election results up in the sidebar…

  16. Malaclypse:

    That was one of my favorite Kids In The Hall skits.

  17. Tyto:

    Transvag was SOP for our OB/GYN for the earliest screening, too. My wife, who has a high pain threshold, was clearly uncomfortable, even though the OB was clearly trying his best to be gentle. As you said, I can’t imagine having to endure it by coercion.

  18. Origami Isopod:

    Poverty makes it difficult to move, and Michigan’s pretty fucked, economically. I’d sign on if we could airlift out anyone who wanted to leave but couldn’t afford it on their own, plus all kids.

  19. Origami Isopod:

    For the involuntary ones, I somehow doubt that sedatives will be covered for these procedures. I wouldn’t be surprised if some Rethugs wanted sedatives for such procedures banned, because they’re just that misogynist and sadistic.

  20. Linnaeus:

    Looks like Jase Bolger, the Speaker of the Michigan House, says he’s not for the bill, and I should think that would be a serious impediment to passing it. I’m no fan of Bolger at all, but if he’s opposed to this bill (for whatever reason) and willing to say so, I have to give him credit.

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