VA Ultrasound Bill looks Dead

And good riddance. It sounds like the Governor saw this bill would be more trouble than it’s worth.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) revoked his support for the original bill just minutes before the House began debate on it, saying that the government did not have the power to require the transvaginal procedure.

“Mandating an invasive procedure in order to give informed consent is not a proper role for the state,” McDonnell said in a statement. “No person should be directed to undergo an invasive procedure by the state, without their consent, as a precondition to another medical procedure.”

Now that’s what Republicans should stand for. The state should not legislate which medical procedures are appropriate over physicians expertise and their relationship with their patient. The state should not discriminate against a class of citizens. A state should also not legislate unnecessary and therefore unlawful/unethical medical procedures. While I’m sure this was a purely political decision, he did Virginia a big favor. He’s saved the tax payers money by preventing the inevitable lawsuits in defense of this worthless legislation. He’s also kept the government out of people’s personal lives and doctor’s medical decisions. If Republicans actually stood for such principles consistently I might one day vote for them.

Update:
Obama leads Romney by 6% in Virginia, and by 10% (49%-39%) nationally according to Rasmussen polling.

Hmm. Maybe pissing off women by attacking contraception and reproductive rights isn’t such a good strategy after all?

Comments

  1. #1 JPGK
    February 23, 2012

    First Heartland is actually getting investigated, now this. Dare I let myself enjoy this good news? Let’s just hope we get some trends going in these directions…

  2. #2 dean
    February 23, 2012

    “Now that’s what Republicans should stand for”

    I agree, and would expand it by replacing “Republicans” with “everyone”. (I fully understand why the post’s context lead to the given wording.)

  3. #3 Kagehi
    February 23, 2012

    -snark- Bah.. If those damn liberals hadn’t gone and given women the right to vote, this wouldn’t be a problem. -/snark-

    Seriously though, one does wonder how much of this BS can go on, before the whole house of cards these idiots are trying to construct falls apart. Sadly, it seems like a long time, because no one wants to do what is needed, and *prevent* this sort of stupid BS, by making sure candidates have a damn clue what they are talking about, and don’t think power = the right to undermine the constitution. Wanted to slap the idiot, yesterday, arguing that their was no difference between a more or less secular president, Obama’s questionable ideas on the subject of religion, and Santorum’s mad rambling about how Satan was taking over the country, and that this wasn’t a “bad thing” in a presidential candidate. It was just him, “expressing their opinion, not ‘forcing’ it on everyone else.”

  4. #4 SLC
    February 24, 2012

    If Obama is that far ahead in a Rasmussen poll, Romney is in big trouble as Rasmussen’s polls are notorious for being biased in favor of the Rethuglicans.

  5. #5 Sesli Chat
    February 25, 2012

    It was just him, “expressing their opinion, not ‘forcing’ it on everyone else.”

  6. #6 Outraged Virginian
    February 28, 2012

    The Virginia State Senate passed the Bill to require by law that women undergoing an abortion must have an ultrasound.

    This is outrageous!!

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