Remember in 1960 when so many people were upset that John Kennedy, if elected, would be controlled by the Vatican? Their fears were unfounded. Ironic, that now so many people are upset that our current president refuses to be controlled by the Vatican, isn’t it?
The state of Virginia’s republican super-majority has passed two of the most restrictive anti-abortion bills in the country. These bills will now to go to the Senate. One bill declares a fertilized egg a person. The egg is fertilized prior to implanting itself in the uterus. Implantation is when medical science considers a woman to be pregnant. Many eggs are fertilized, but never implant themselves, are these to be considered people, too?
The second bill requires a woman wishing to obtain an abortion to undergo a “transvaginal ultrasound” prior to having the abortion done. This is a medically unnecessary and painful, invasive procedure. Who will be forced to pay for this procedure? The low-income woman? The insurance company that doesn’t want to pay for medically unnecessary procedures?
The GOP is outraged that President Obama wants to require insurances to cover birth control. They say it is an intrusion by government into our personal lives. I can’t think of anything more intrusive than a woman having to put her feet into the stirrups, a doctor inserting a probe into her vagina, pushing it through her cervix and into her uterus. But the GOP in Virginia is going to try to require this. This is the (supposedly less intrusive) government telling both a woman and a physician what they have to do before the woman can choose to have a legal procedure done.
The republican controlled House and Senate in Virginia has also declared that the state has no business urging young girls to be vaccinated (HPV) against a virus that can later cause cancer, but they have no problem with the state telling women and physicians what they HAVE to do. Am I the only one who sees the hypocrisy here?
Del. Todd Gilbert had to apologize for his remark concerning abortions, that “in the vast majority of these cases, these are matters of lifestyle convenience.”
I have known a few woman that had abortions. They each had their own individual reasons. They did not make the decision lightly. And not one of them did it for “lifestyle convenience”.