February 28, 2012

Virginia Is For...Douchebags

Ads from the Virginia state tourism board will tell you that Virginia Is For Lovers but I'm convinced that Virginia Is For Douchebags. Or, at the very least, Virginia legislators are douchebags. And I am a Virginian which makes this an especially painful thing to say.

Case in point, this from the Washington Post:

A controversial bill that would require women to get an ultrasound before an abortion is now in doubt after Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell diluted the measure Wednesday by making it optional in many cases.

The legislation initially sought to require ultrasounds, which early last week prompted opponents to raise concerns over the procedures’ potentially invasive nature. In many cases, the ultrasounds would require a vaginal probe to establish gestational age.

On Wednesday, citing concerns over that intrusiveness, McDonnell (R), an abortion opponent who had repeatedly said he would sign the bill, asked state lawmakers to amend the measure. House members approved the governor’s amendments, but the bill’s Republican sponsor in the Senate said she would try to pull the measure for the session.

“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.” He did not comment further.

Confusion over the legislation and ultrasounds — and considerable national media attention — preceded the unraveling of the bill. The original measure stated, simply, that a woman needed an ultrasound before an abortion. Many lawmakers did not understand that at the young fetal age abortions usually occur, the invasive vaginal ultrasound would be needed to establish gestational age, as required by the bill.

Now, there's no denying that McDonnell's an asshat but he's far from the asshattiest governor Virginia has ever had. We have a history of electing douchebags as governors then when they're done being governors we promote them to the senate so they can further inflict their douchebaggery on an even large population of people. (You're welcome, America) But McDonnell - or anyone who has a brain - should know better than to try and push through something so thoroughly bad as this. His excuse? He hadn't paid attention to the legislation and hadn't realized that the proposed procedure was invasive. How do you not know these things?

I have a giant problem with legislating issues best left to individuals especially when it's a bunch of 60 year-old, out of touch good 'ol boys deciding an issue that is best decided by women, individually, according to their own morals, standards and beliefs.

I'd like the rest of the world to know that there are some of us in Virginia that aren't douchebags. Some Virginians have brains and aren't still grieving over the North's civil war victory.

Posted by Chris at February 28, 2012 7:48 AM

Being a former resident of Alabama, I feel your pain.

Posted by: Elizabeth at February 28, 2012 8:16 AM

Being from North Carolina I would also like to point out that some of us - or many of us - do not agree with the bill requiring ultrasounds that was passed here.

Posted by: beth anne at February 28, 2012 9:22 AM

I'd like to make the same PSA about PA, or as we sometimes fondly call it, Pennsyltucky. We're not all a bunch of closed-minded yokels, promise.

Posted by: Fraulein N at February 28, 2012 9:23 AM

If an ultrasound is invasive what is an abortion? What other procedure would you have done without first having an xray or ultrasound? The only difference here is that the woman will see her baby living inside of her and have to live with that image. If this would cause a woman to rethink what she is doing and not go through with an abortion I am all for it.

Posted by: Laura at February 28, 2012 9:52 AM

I'm from Kansas, where "church" people cheer the deaths of soldiers, picket their funerals, and somehow tie that all in to some sort of divine punishment for the "sin" of homosexuality, and where legislators wish death upon the POTUS. I feel your pain.

Posted by: Julee at February 28, 2012 10:03 AM

//He hadn't paid attention to the legislation and hadn't realized that the proposed procedure was invasive. How do you not know these things?/

He is full of shit. Jon Stewart mocked the hell out of him, and becoming a national laughing stock could be bad for his near-term political aspirations. (He is rumored to be on Mitt's short list for VP) So he tacked back to the center the very next day.

@Laura - Do you truly not understand the difference between a woman choosing to have an untrasound, or abortion, or any medical procedure, and the state forcing it on you?

Posted by: COD at February 28, 2012 10:19 AM

Thank you for writing this post! This legislative measure made by Virginia, made me so very angry, more than likely I hope it gets dropped.

Posted by: Heather at February 28, 2012 11:25 AM

Ha, we're going through the same issue here in Alaska. http://www.legis.state.ak.us/PDF/27/Bills/SB0191A.PDF

Posted by: Fabs at February 28, 2012 1:01 PM

Um, do I even need to mention Illinois and our long-standing history of electing douchebags to the governor's office? Talk about embarrassing. I mean, they're actually all criminals.

Posted by: Kate at February 28, 2012 6:41 PM

Abortion is legal. This is by far the most invasive thing that I seen politicians do in ages. Women don't have to justify an abortion to anyone. What Virginia is doing is sickening. I was born here and most of my ancestors were born and died here.

Posted by: One Mom's Opinion at February 28, 2012 9:36 PM

Here in GA, we have a female legislator who introduced the "vasectomy bill" stating that men shouldn't be allowed to get vasectomies since that potentially puts to death thousands of children. The idea is to illustrate how stupid it is to regulate anyone's body. It caused considerable uproar. I thought it was hilarious. It's sort of gratifying to know that the douchebags are everywhere.

Posted by: Amanda L. at February 28, 2012 11:56 PM