-By Warner Todd Huston
In the Commonwealth of Virginia the left has a new attack against those that want to regulate abortions. The legislature in the Old Dominion introduced legislation to require ultrasounds to be performed before an abortion could be performed. Idiotically, leftists cried foul claiming the requirement is somehow "like" getting raped. Yet a new study show that the left's favorite abortion mill, Planned Parenthood, performs ultrasounds before abortions in 99% of its operations.
Talk about making fools of themselves, the left has done it again.
First, let's look at the left's claim, though. Speaking for the pro-infanticide set, Dahlia Lithwck at Slate makes the case:
This week, the Virginia state Legislature passed a bill that would require women to have an ultrasound before they may have an abortion. Because the great majority of abortions occur during the first 12 weeks, that means most women will be forced to have a transvaginal procedure, in which a probe is inserted into the vagina, and then moved around until an ultrasound image is produced. Since a proposed amendment to the bill—a provision that would have had the patient consent to this bodily intrusion or allowed the physician to opt not to do the vaginal ultrasound—failed on 64-34 vote, the law provides that women seeking an abortion in Virginia will be forcibly penetrated for no medical reason. I am not the first person to note that under any other set of facts, that would constitute rape under the federal definition.
Apparently, this absurd line of "reasoning" is "spreading like wildfire" among the far left.
Not only is this "rape" claim an absurdity made merely to cause fear and loathing, but the law doesn't require a transvaginal ultrasound in the first place. The law leaves the method up to the physician.
But there is more to the hypocrisy of the left's ultrasound attack. Many types of abortions by absolute necessity require invasive vaginal insertions of medical instruments. So, how is an ultrasound "like" rape, but the abortions that require vaginal insertion of instruments isn't? There is no logic at all to these screaming mimis and their claims.
Further, now we are discovering that most of the abortions that occur in the left's favorite abortion mill, Planned Parenthood, already have these ultrasounds performed before abortions are undertaken.
Surveying 72 of the abortion businesses that sold the abortion pill to women, the researchers found abortion facilities frequently use vaginal ultrasounds before an abortion to determine the gestational age of the baby or afterwards to determine of the abortion was complete. In fact 99 percent of the abortion facilities surveyed always or sometimes performed an ultrasound in association with the surgical abortion -- while just one percent did not.
If their own infanticide factories already do these things, why is the left suddenly against the bill in Virginia? Only because they are against all regulations whatever. They want abortion at will for any reason and that, as we say, is that.
There simply is no logic at all to their tactics here.