Conservatives interfering in women's private medical decisions
February 1, 2012
The Washington Post just reported that, "The Republican-led Virginia Senate passed a bill Wednesday by a vote of 21-18 that would require women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion." The Virginian-Pilot also shared that Governor Bob McDonnell called legislation to require women exercising their right to choose to have an abortion to have an ultrasound and force them to keep it in their records an "appropriate measure."
Progressive Point: Instead of focusing on getting Virginia's economy back on track, conservative legislators are now interfering in women's private medical decisions. Legislation forcing women to undergo unnecessary medical procedures is a blatant attempt to intimidate and restrict their protected right to choose. Legislators with no medical training should not be telling doctors how to do their job.
While Virginians are concerned with support for our working families, conservatives are attempting to force through ideological legislation. Interfering with private medical decisions that should be between a woman, her family, and her faith, is not an appropriate role for Virginia government. Conservatives in Richmond need to get back to work for Virginia families and stop the ideological crusade.
Get the Facts:
- Conservative legislation in Richmond would require women seeking to have an abortion to undergo an ultrasound, be given an opportunity to view it, and then keep it in the their medical file at the facility. "The legislation is a priority for social conservatives and has support from Gov. Bob McDonnell, who called it an 'appropriate measure' during a morning radio interview." (Virginian-Pilot, February 1, 2012)