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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Do I have to start a new regular feature, "Wednesday Misogyny Blogging"?
Posted by Jill | 7:01 PM
In a way I'm glad that the fetophiles' true motivation is starting to come out. For thirty years, the people who think that there is never a time in a woman's life when she should be nothing but a vessel have been stymied by the "pro-life" label. But now we can call their movement "advocates of state-sanctioned rape". That's much better.

Virginia is poised to send two of the most abhorrent anti-choice bills to Governor Bob McDonnell to sign. The governor, eyes trained on a vice presidential bid, has indicated he will sign at least one if not both of the bills.

The first is a bill requiring the use of trans-vaginal ultrasound prior to a woman obtaining an abortion, the other is an egg-as-person bill.  Like other failed "personhood" bills, the Virginia provision would outlaw not only abortion but also forms of hormonal birth control. 

Although the Governor has said he will consider the personhood bill he has been clear he would sign the forced ultrasound bill.  But let's start calling this what it really is: state sanctioned rape.  

In Virginia, rape is defined as the following:

§ 18.2-61. Rape.
A. If any person has sexual intercourse with a complaining witness, whether or not his or her spouse, or causes a complaining witness, whether or not his or her spouse, to engage in sexual intercourse with any other person and such act is accomplished (i) against the complaining witness's will, by force, threat or intimidation of or against the complaining witness or another person; or (ii) through the use of the complaining witness's mental incapacity or physical helplessness; or (iii) with a child under age 13 as the victim, he or she shall be guilty of rape.

I called and emailed McDonnell’s press secretary Jeff Caldwell asking if the forced vaginal ultrasound bill would in-fact overturn the rape statute.  Caldwell did not return my call or email by the time of publication. 

During the debate Republican State Del. Todd Gilbert said:

The vast majority of these cases [abortion] are matters of lifestyle convenience.” And, 

“We think in matters of lifestyle convenience and in other matters that it is right and proper for a woman to be fully informed about what she is doing.”

Forcing a woman to undergo a vaginal invasion in order to have a legal medical procedure is state-sanctioned rape. Period. And that is what these people are: Rapists.

And by the way, Governor McDonnell has made clear that he's very interested in being on the Presidential ticket as a Vice President nominee this year. Just imagine the misogynist utopia that a President Santorum and his consort, Vice President McDonnell could create.

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Blogger backwater said...
I completely agree with you, and will attempt to come up with a message that imparts exactly *that* to women who are less open to truth. That includes my closest conservative SC neighbors, in particular. Factual blockades don't work, here. The indirect method has a better chance, and, failing that, subterfuge. I'll ponder.

Blogger Ramonas Voices said...
I'm having a hard time wrapping my head about this latest abomination. How many times can we cite "A Handmaid's Tale" when we talk about these outrages, trying to make some sense out of how these people got to the point where they think it's okay to declare to the world their intention to own us, body and soul?

This is war and we're going to win it. We have to. I'm way, way past child-bearing age but I will not let this happen again. Never.

Thank you, thank you to all the women who aren't about to let this go and are working hard to stop it. We need each other and together we WILL WIN THIS.

Blogger Grung_e_Gene said...
Republicans know all about Rape. It's the only way they get to have sex. Why do you think conservatives were hoping made at the change in law back in 1957 that said marriage was not an all-time consent for intercourse on demand?

Really, the lack of state sanctioned rape is why Right-Wingers numbers are consistently receding, without the ability to rape women right-wingers don't get to reproduce as often.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Hey be careful. Since the Repubs know abortion is ONLY about "lifestyle convenience," they may decide to pass a law requiring every woman who's had an abortion to wear a scarlet "A"...

Well, of course we know one way to solve this abortion problem. Tell all Republican men they need to be castrated....