Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Virginia General Assembly - #3677 - SB484 - Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell Hangs Virginia GOP Out to Dry - Redstate (2) Dahlia Lithwick Hates Medical Research - Redstate (3) Statement from Family Foundation on Passage of this Bill as Amended (4) Bob McDonnell on Virginia Ultrasound Law: Let's Talk About the Budget - Hot Air

THANKS TO BOB MCDONNELL, WHO FLIP-FLOPED ON THIS ISSUE, THE BILL WAS AMENDED AS HE WANTED, AND PASSED TODAY IN VIRGINIA HOUSE,  65Y - 32N, THE SENATE, SHOWING MORE COURAGE, PASSED THIS BILL 21Y, 18N on 2-1-12 WITHOUT THIS AMENDMENT. *NOTE: THE ORIGINAL BILL AS PASSED BY THE SENATE DID NOT REQUIRE ANY ULTRASOUND PROCEDURE NOT ALREADY FOLLOWED BY PLANNED PARENTHOOD.
I'm informed by someone very much in touch with the Virginia political scene that the root of the problem is the Bob McDonnell's staff are, at the best, pro-life squishes and they are presently negotiating with themselves over the best way of selling out.] Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, a Romney supporter and leading contender for the VP spot on a Romney-headed ticket, demonstrated his complete philosophical alignment with Romney yesterday by flipflopping on a bill he has championed and in the process hanging VA GOP delegates out to dry. For those who haven’t been paying attention, Virginia’s legislature has been going after the abortion industry root and branch. Last year they passed a law requiring aborttoirs to be regulated as if they did what they do: perform a surgical procedure which can be life threatening. This year a bill is being finalized that requires a woman seeking an abortion to see ultrasound pictures of the baby. Somehow this bill, which does not require any medical procedure the woman was not going to receive in the first place, has the pro-abortion lobby in a tizzy. Dahlia Lithwick at Slate has predictably styled this as rape. Up until yesterday, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell had unconditionally supported the bill. Gov. Robert F. McDonnell is backing off his unconditional support for a bill requiring women to have an ultrasound before an abortion, focusing new attention on one of the most controversial pieces of legislation in Virginia’s General Assembly this year. Until this weekend, McDonnell (R) and his aides had said the governor would sign the measure if it made it to his desk. McDonnell, who strongly opposes abortion, will no longer make that commitment........There is only one explanation that fits all the facts. McDonnell wants to be Mitt Romney’s choice for vice president should Romney almost certainly win the GOP nomination. The ultrasound bill is causing too much controversy and probably has Romney’s handlers wearing brown trousers at the thought of having to actually take a pro-life position in a general election campaign. McDonnell takes to opportunity to look moderate and abandons ship.  Read more..........  To follow the votes on this bill in the Va. Senate and House...........  AW: I am disappointed that Rob Bell and Steve Landes voted for the amended Bill.


Dahlia Lithwick Hates Medical Research - Redstate - The utter fecklessness of Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick is becoming more apparent by the day. Last week she decided that a proposed Virginia law, one that the Republican governor has suddenly gone squishy on, is the equivalent of rape because it could conceivably require something be “inserted into the vagina, and then moved around.”  Since then we’ve discovered that not only did Lithwick simply lie about what the law required and we’ve found that Virginia Planned Parenthood requires two ultrasounds with each abortion. Presumably to insure they only kill half their patients. Apparently, in 2003 the medical journal Contraception reported on a survey conducted of abortion providers in the United States (article hosted by LifeNews). The finding, 99% of abortion providers either always or frequently used vaginal ultrasound for surgical abortions. 92% of the sites providing mifepristone induced abortions did vaginal ultrasound.  Based on the evidence thus far, the worst that can be said of the proposed Virginia law is that is recognizes the standard practice used in 99% of abortion facilities. 


Family Foundation's Statement on SB484 as Amended  ........... This is a very, very difficult day for The Family Foundation and our pro-life partners around the state and country who have been watching to see what would happen to Virginia. Would Virginia be like Susan Komen and give in to the hysterical ranting of the abortion industry and its allies in the media and be bullied into an unnecessary change?  Unfortunately, what we have learned in the past few weeks is that the $1 billion abortion industry in the United States has absolute and uncontrolled power over nearly every branch of government. It is in control, make no mistake about that.  We know that there are many, many members of the General Assembly who want to stand firm and take the fight to the abortion industry. The Governor has made a decision that he believes is best and the General Assembly will make a decision they believe is best. At the end of the day we hope that we will have a law that protects women and unborn children to the best of our ability.


Bob McDonnell on Virginia Ultrasound Law: Let's Talk About the Budget - Hot Air - Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell originally said he would sign into law a Virginia bill to require women to have an ultrasound before they have an abortion — but, now, he’s not so sure. He met with Virginia legislators and members of his staff to discuss the issue last night:  Legislators and governor’s staff met Tuesday night to hash out a compromise that would make the ultrasounds voluntary, but not mandatory, before an abortion, several people with knowledge of the meeting said Wednesday..........It’s possible for McDonnell to oppose this law and yet be pro-life. But it’s not OK for politicians to be disingenuous about what they believe or about the facts of an issue.  While I understand why he didn’t, I wish McDonnell would have engaged: Not only could he set the record straight about what the law really mandates (it doesn’t mandate the invasive transvaginal procedure that liberals are supposedly so up in arms about!), but he could also take the opportunity to state a few facts about abortion. Abortion itself is an incredibly invasive procedure that leaves women to cope with severe physical and emotional consequences. McDonnell could state again that he wants women to have the full story one way or another — if not through this law, then by the efforts of sidewalk counselors and others — before they decide to go through with such a truly life-altering procedure.  Read more.........

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