Point of Information Re: Transvaginal Ultrasounds and Abortion

Until the clusterfuck recently in Virginia, most people probably assumed that mandatory ultrasound laws simply required women to get an abdominal ultrasound before an abortion.

Except that abdominal ultrasounds aren’t very useful until a woman is much further along in a pregnancy than the vast majority of women seeking abortions.

Transvaginal ultrasounds are used in early pregnancy.

Virginia’s law was only the first to be blatantly forcing transvaginal ultrasounds on women. All the other states just kept it quiet, hoping people wouldn’t figure it out.

These states require an ultrasound before a woman may have an abortion:

Alabama

Arizona

Florida

Kansas

Louisiana

Mississippi

North Carolina

Oklahoma

Texas

These states are just as bad as Virginia.

Well, now you know.

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About Brittany-Ann
Brittany-Ann is a proud, self-identified feminist with fictional tendencies. She currently writes for LouisvilleKY.com and moderates at My Fault I'm Female. She smokes camels, reads Dumas, and navigates a conservative state as "one of them darn liberals."

2 Responses to Point of Information Re: Transvaginal Ultrasounds and Abortion

  1. Tim says:

    What is the official explanation for this requirement?

    I mean they haven’t written ‘So we can guilt-trip women into bearing children they don’t want’ on the bill, have they? … Please tell me, they haven’t.

    • Brittany-Ann says:

      As it always is with these sorts of bills, its purpose is supposedly to allow women to be “better informed.” Because, you know, when women decide to have an abortion we have no idea we’d actually be terminating a pregnancy.

      You forgot “make it as unpleasant and expensive as possible” though.

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