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Transvaginal ultrasound now being legislated in Idaho [denialism blog]

March 21, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

In the continual spread of assaults on women's reproductive freedom in the wake of the 2010 tea party movement, another state, Idaho, is legislating women receive unnecessary and invasive medical procedures prior to obtaining abortion.

This is part of an unprecedented effort at the state level to restrict reproductive rights, and in 2011 a record number of these measures have passed.    Read more

Demanding women deliver dead babies is unethical and unsafe [denialism blog]

March 13, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

In a debate on the floor of the Georgia State house over a bill to force women to bring all pregnancies after 20 weeks to term, even in cases of dead or non-viable fetus, this Georgia representative reaches a new low. State Rep Terry England seems to be suggesting pigs and cows do it, why can't humans?

Rep. Terry England compares women to cows, pigs and chickens. from Bryan Long on Vimeo.    Read more

Virginia Ultrasound Bill Back from Dead [denialism blog]

February 29, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

Turns out I gave Virginia governor McDonnell too much credit after he rejected the VA ultrasound bill on the grounds the state should insert itself into medical decisions. He's gone and flip-flopped as a slightly revised version of the bill passes through the VA Senate:    Read more

Forcing Doctors to Perform Unnecessary Medical Procedures is Unethical and Unlawful [denialism blog]

February 19, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

Many bloggers and commentators have expressed outrage over the decision by Virginia to require ultrasound examination, possibly transvaginal ultrasound, prior to women obtaining an abortion. From Bill Maher to Dahlia Lithwick people are outraged and have even suggested that it should be considered rape to force women to undergo vaginal examination by ultrasound prior to receiving abortion.    Read more

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