This picture has been making the rounds on Facebook, from Planned Parenthood:
Planned Parenthood captions: “These are the witnesses testifying on the birth control benefit right now on Capitol Hill. What is wrong with this picture?”
TBogg reminds us of this one, too, from the signing of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act:
Old white Viagra users signing bills on behalf of women’s health. How lovely.
Unfortunately, the “fetal personhood” bill wasn’t the only nutty and frightening piece of legislation that Virginia’s House of Delegates passed. Another bill was advanced requiring a woman undergoing an abortion to have a “transvaginal ultrasound” — i.e., to require a doctor to insert a speculum and then an ultrasound probe into a her vagina against her will and reflect that image onscreen. Not only is a bill like this rather rape-y in its forcefulness — and yes, I realize that is a strong statement, and I mean it strongly — but there is no medically necessary reason to do so. And there are no exceptions. Gov. McDonnell has stated his intention to sign the “transvaginal ultrasound” bill if it lands on his desk.
And what’s that “fetal personhood bill” mentioned in the first sentence of that quote? Why, it’s this charming legislation out of Oklahoma, passed by the state Senate this morning. (Edit: no, it’s not, I misread. Yay! There’s another one! But, whatever, no one reads this shitty blog anyway.)
The Oklahoma Senate has overwhelmingly approved an anti-abortion “personhood” bill that declares life begins at conception.
The vote Wednesday upset doctors who fear the proposed law will jeopardize reproductive medicine.
The bill now heads to the House, where it is expected to pass. Republican Gov. Mary Fallin typically won’t comment on pending legislation, but she has described herself as strongly “pro-life.”
What a great day for American women.
Update: Via John Cole, apparently when Teh Womenz take Teh Pill, it gives Teh Menz prostate cancer:
I’ll bet you she didn’t have her children vaccinated. She’s very anti-chemical, after all.
Honestly, how any one could align themselves with a party that has decided that declaring war on women is a politically winning strategy is beyond me. I just hope they all get AIDS.
Updated by Trevor: Don’t worry, Sean Hannity made sure that more diverse voices on this subject were heard:
(As usual, The Daily Show nails it.)