The ultrasound bill in Virginia passed the House yesterday afternoon with a vote of 61–35. The bill now goes to Governor McDonnell who has been under intense pressure to veto it from feminists who — falsely — claimed that the bill mandated a transvaginal ultrasound. This, they argued, would amount to “state-sanctioned rape.” The bill was easily amended to clarify that only a “transabdominal ultrasound” was required.
Not to be deterred in their creative semantics, the feminists pivoted to new talking points. Delegate Charniele Herring from Alexandria (minority whip of the Virginia House of Delegates) declared during floor debate that mandating a transabdominal ultrasound “is tantamount to battery.”