Wednesday Article Round-Up: Politics and Contraception

In the ongoing debate on the Virginia vaginal probing/ultrasound bill, Meghan McCain went on the Maddow show to explain why the bill scares her. It’s worth pointing out that McCain is pro-life and a Republican, so this kind of vocal opposition to the bill from the GOP’s own party is really becoming indicative of how extreme their own members are starting to find these agendas.

If you’re wondering about the language the Feministing article uses to describe non-consensual vaginal probing, the FBI has revised its definition of rape:

Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.

I’d say that’s pretty much a spot-on description of this bill, which gives neither doctors nor patients the right to refuse the probe. Fortunately, however, Republican lawmakers have put off voting on the bill yet again, likely in large part to the 1,000-strong silent protest that was held outside of the capital.

In other news, however, in a move of satirical brilliance (and in the current spirit of representatives penning facetious laws to highlight the other batshit crazy things being proposed all over this great nation), state lawmaker Yasmin Neal (Dem) has put forward a bill that would limit the availability of vasectomies to men. Neal’s reasoning?

Thousands of children are deprived of birth in this state every year because of the lack of state regulation over vasectomies. It is patently unfair that men can avoid unwanted fatherhood by presuming that their judgment over such matters is more valid than the judgment of the General Assembly, while women’s ability to decide is constantly up for debate throughout the United States.

Well said, Representative Neal, well said.

Slate has an excellent article by William Saletan tracking Mitt Romney’s history of stances on abortion. It’s a long read, but worth it. Romney has a complicated relationship with the idea of abortion, influenced by his upbringing, religion, and perhaps most importantly, what he’s willing to say to be elected.

And just in case you still thought that Rick Santorum was pretty solid on his views, the Huffington Post has discovered that, in fact, he and Romney are fellow sailors on the Good Ship Flip-Flop: Santorum was pro-choice before he ran for congress. Jezebel has a hilarious summary of his journey here.

As a woman, I don’t want to live in fear for my right to choose the direction my life takes. An unwanted pregnancy changes everything, and if the mother isn’t ready to have a child, it is not in the best interests for either of them for the child to be born. It really is that simple.


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