Big Government Republicans in Virginia Vote to Outlaw Contraceptives, Require Vaginal Probes for Abortion-Seekers

No Word on How Much It Will Cost Taxpayers to Arrest and Incarcerate Women Who Use Contraceptives Illegally – Or the Cost to Administer 28,000 Vaginal Ultrasounds Every Year

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A new personhood law has passed in the Republican-controlled lower house of the Virginia legislature and is expected to sail through the Republican-controlled state Senate. Virginia’s right-wing extremist governor, Bob McDonnell, has signaled he will sign it.

Human egg at the moment of fertilization
Human egg at the moment of fertilization
Like similar proposals that were defeated in Mississippi last year by 16 points and in Colorado by 46 points in 2008 and by 42 points in 2010, the Virginia bill defines personhood as beginning at the moment of conception, and so would redefine both abortion and contraception as murder.

In addition, Virginia Republicans in both houses of the legislature passed a law earlier this month that requires women seeking abortions to submit to a trans-vaginal ultrasound probe before the procedure. Neither the woman nor her doctor can countermand the administration of the probe, which requires vaginal penetration and which serves no medical purpose.

Unlike the referenda that failed in Mississippi and Colorado, the bills in Virginia are going through the legislative process and, assuming the personhood law passes the state senate, both will become law upon signing by Gov. McDonnell.

McDonnell is said to be on the short list of prospective candidates for the GOP vice presidential slot, if Mitt Romney becomes the party’s nominee.

There are arguably around 3 million women in Virginia in the age group who use contraceptives. However, there was no immediately available reporting on the cost to state taxpayers to police trafficking in illegal contraceptives or to arrest, try and imprison women for murder when they are caught using contraceptives. It is also unclear whether the partners of women who use contraceptives would be considered accomplices to murder.

Taken to its extreme, it’s likely that married women would become murder suspects if they do not produce children every other year or so during their child-bearing years.

In 2008, 28,698 women received abortions in Virginia. However, there was also no reporting on the cost to Virginia taxpayers to administer over 28,000 mandatory vaginal probes every year.


  • Jonathan
    February 15, 2012 - 8:30 am | Permalink

    Next it will be anal ultrasounds to see if your gay.

  • Greg
    February 15, 2012 - 11:14 am | Permalink

    What a joke. Fuck them.

  • Louise Blanc
    February 15, 2012 - 1:00 pm | Permalink

    More Republican showboating nonsense.
    They know damn well outlawing birth control will NEVER be law.

  • Liebchen
    February 15, 2012 - 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like “state rape.”

  • Gregg E Zuelke
    February 15, 2012 - 7:51 pm | Permalink

    It’s as if the “Republicans / CONSERVATIVE EXTREMISTS” are aiming for a U.S. version of “Sharia Law”.

  • jack
    February 16, 2012 - 12:36 pm | Permalink

    if you don’t like the law you have options:

    1. stfu and stop whinning
    2. move to a different state

    oh how liberals cry like babies when conservatives pass a law they don’t like and oh how liberals cry when conservatives protest laws liberls pass.

    Ha libtards have such a double standard.

  • Kate
    February 16, 2012 - 2:11 pm | Permalink

    It’s not a double standard. It’s basic rights. If I don’t want to have children, but I want to enjoy my youth, shall we say, I should be allowed to. This is not only going to cost highly for the probes and arrests, but think about state welfare once all these women begin having babies! This seems like a gigantic step backwards for our country.

  • jack
    February 16, 2012 - 2:41 pm | Permalink

    liberals are baby killers plain and simple

  • Ginny Nicarthy
    February 16, 2012 - 5:54 pm | Permalink

    Instead of fretting about what the Taliban or the Muslim Brotherhood are up to we would do better to attend to what our local Christian Sharia promoters are up to: Santorum’s similar views and Virginia governor MacDonald, expected to be v.p. choice for whatever Republican candidate makes sit to the runoff is a guy to watch.

  • Liesel
    February 16, 2012 - 8:26 pm | Permalink

    No man is ever going to have contol of my sexual organs or my reproductive rights, whether it’s for “holy” intentions or the woman-haters most conservatives seem to be. PLAIN AND SIMPLE.

  • e bernarding
    February 16, 2012 - 9:06 pm | Permalink

    This is the “Handmaid’s Tale” written by Margaret Atwood. Read it. It is about the USA under a evangelical right wing. Exactly.

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  • SPC Sheffield
    February 17, 2012 - 11:06 am | Permalink

    Ok if u want to enjoy your youth. Get your tubes tied or get on the pill and use a condom. To many girls keep getting pregnant and aborting/killing the baby. Now I blame both the girl and the guy who gets the girl pregnant responsible. I have already had a friend who has gone through 2 abortions in the past month. Her last one was monday at 10AM. Kind of ridiculous. Yall need to start being responsible. Start living for the future and not for the here and now.

  • SPC Sheffield
    February 17, 2012 - 11:11 am | Permalink

    Now contraceptives like the pill and the condom will never be outlawed. Those of u who think republicans and conservatives are trying to outlaw that are being ridiculous.

  • windsor
    February 17, 2012 - 11:21 am | Permalink

    SPC Sheffield – the whole point of the law is that CONTRACEPTIVES will be ILLEGAL. Several versions of the pill prevent implantation, NOT fertilization. Same with Plan B, IUDs, and a variety of other completely legal contraceptive options.
    Secondly, rape as defined by the FBI is “The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim”. In this case the RAPE would be perpetuted by the State by forcing a woman against her will to penetration of her vagina. This is an absolutely abhorrent law that essentially says “It’s ok to force a woman to do something she doesn’t want because we believe we have the moral high ground”.
    How about this. Everytime you want to get condoms you are expected to have a urethral swab. Wait, you don’t want soemthing shoved up there? Too bad. I believe all men should be checked for STDs whenever they want to have sex.

  • Belle
    February 17, 2012 - 5:46 pm | Permalink

    This is insane. It is 2012, right? Thankfully I do not live in Va but this is a fight for all woman in the USA

  • Lolo
    February 17, 2012 - 8:24 pm | Permalink

    Seriously…is it the year 1612?? Wow…

  • Overthehypocrites
    February 18, 2012 - 9:07 am | Permalink

    Really? First, they want to make condoms a form of murder. How is it murder if no egg is fertilized? Second, how dare the government try to decide what adult couples can or cannot do in private? Typical repugnican bullsh^t. Why try this nonsense?

    Because you and all other right-wing f^ktards are hypocrites, liars, and only wish to control everyone like the Taliban so many of you claim to despise.

    And “jack” et al, more innocent children have died because of wars started by Repugnicans in the last 75 years than abortion. Why are you not screaming about that, hmm?

    Also contraception IS responsible. Your objections are based on religion, not fact. Maybe you should remember this is America, and no one has the right to force their religion on others. What you want to believe is fine, but do NOT try to tell others what they have to believe.
    You want that, move to Saudi Arabia or Yemen, but do not live here in America. You are not wanted.

  • Susan
    February 18, 2012 - 12:28 pm | Permalink

    Jon, This article is a joke. It is clearly written into the bill no part of the bill will be interpreted as affecting lawful contraception. Really stop trying to inflame the masses.

    • February 19, 2012 - 4:52 am | Permalink

      Susan, in the run-up to the Virginia House of Delegates’ passing the law that confers personhood onto brainless two-cell zygotes, a Democrat offered an amendment that expressly stated that the new law would not make contraception illegal. Republicans defeated the amendment 64 to 34. The only way to interpret that vote is that Republicans in Virginia have decided to make contraceptives illegal.

  • Fedup
    February 19, 2012 - 11:09 am | Permalink

    Another fine argument to allow the South to succeed and be free of the rest of us. FFS, people. Have you really lost your minds?

  • SmittyPA
    February 21, 2012 - 8:28 am | Permalink

    The Republican majority in Virginia should be prepared to welcome a new Democratic majority and governor to the commonwealth.

  • SmittyPA
    February 21, 2012 - 8:34 am | Permalink

    “I have already had a friend who has gone through 2 abortions in the past month.” -SPC Sheffield

    SPC Sheffield, you are clearly lying. It takes 1-2 weeks for the hormone that can be tested for pregnancy to even be produced.

  • SmittyPA
    February 21, 2012 - 8:37 am | Permalink

    Jack, you forgot option #3… vote out the Republican governor, senators and congressional critters. Replace them with human beings, aka Democrats, and voila, problem solved.

  • Dan
    February 25, 2012 - 5:03 pm | Permalink

    Life begins at erection.

  • usmade
    August 12, 2013 - 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Please don’t judge all republicans by this action! I’m a bonafide republican and don’t agree with this! Neither does my husband! It won’t go far.

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