House Republicans Vote for Mandatory, Costly, Unnecessary Ultrasounds

Despite national ridicule, House Republicans keep waging an extreme, divisive war on Virginia’s women.

Virginia Republicans just can’t let go of their extreme social issue agenda, despite weeks of national ridicule. Last week, thousands of protesters asked Republicans to stop the war on women — to no apparent effect. Today, the Republican House of Delegates voted for House Bill 462, which mandates that women have an unnecessary and costly ultrasound prior to having an abortion.

Almost all abortions in Virginia take place in the first trimester, during which a transabdominal ultrasound generally does not work. Not only are these ultrasounds unnecessary, but also costly. Without insurance coverage, these ultrasounds can cost over $1,200.

“The Republicans continue their attempt to repeal the 20th century. This is a punitive bill that mandates an unnecessary test that does not work. What they’re doing is just plain wrong,” said Senator Richard L. Saslaw (D-Fairfax).

Senator Barbara Favola (D-Arlington) said, “As a woman, I am personally offended that Republican legislators don’t trust my judgment on intimate personal decisions about my body and my reproductive health. It is the height of hypocrisy for ‘small government’ Republican legislators to insert the government between me and my doctor.”

Senator A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) said, “Virginia Republicans are disrespecting women and should be ashamed of themselves. I’m appalled that some legislators are insisting on putting the government between a woman and her doctor. This ultrasound bill holds the judgment of politicians above the wisdom of untrained physicians.”

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