UPDATE 3:50p: From Huffington Post, today:
Indiana state senators have dropped a requirement that would force women to undergo an ultrasound procedure both before and after having a medication-induced abortion, after the legislation attracted national criticism.
Could it be legislators added that second ultrasound to have something to compromise on and still get what they really wanted? Or maybe it was accidental. Still, an ultrasound bill moves forward.
10:09a: I read a piece last week by RH Reality Check’s Robin Marty complaining about pending ultrasound legislation in Indiana, which…
… would require not only that a patient undergo a likely mandatory forced trans-vaginal ultrasound prior to receiving the medication to induce abortion [RU486], but another vaginal ultrasound during her mandated follow up two weeks after the abortion.
Sure enough, SB 371 does mandate a follow-up ultrasound. Robin and I got into a little Twitter debate…
So I checked, thinking to myself that legislators likely did not compose that mandate out of thin air but were likely following established medical protocol. Sure enough, on Planned Parenthood’s website I found these instructions for medical abortions:
This would most likely be a transvaginal ultrasound, because these are more accurate with early pregnancies. As you can read, either an ultrasound or blood test is necessary to ensure the baby is dead.
In a survey of its members in 2003, the National Abortion Federation found that fully 92% of its abortion clinics either always or sometimes use vaginal ultrasounds after abortions…
Apparently, liberal MSNBC commentator Rachel Maddow knows none of this. On February 21 Maddow attempted to mock and intimidate pro-life Indiana Governor Mike Pence away from supporting SB 371, trying to replay the other side’s successful attempt to intimidate pro-life Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell last year.
But in the process Maddow mocked the abortion industry’s own medical protocol. In the process Maddow mocked procedures aimed at protecting the health and safety of women. There are several reasons to perform ultrasounds both before and after RU486 abortions, as Indiana Right to Life explained in this piece.
I now give you Rachel Maddow, if you can stomach her…
Excerpt of Maddow’s most obtuse display:
Mike Pence may be about to double Governor Ultrasound [Bob McDonnell] , because Republicans in the Indiana senate have just advanced a bill that would force Indiana women against their will to have not one, but two medically unnecessary vaginal ultrasounds. Just because….
For women having the kind of abortion you can get very early in pregnancy, where you just take a pill that ends the pregnancy, Indiana Republicans want to force women to submit to a state-ordered vaginal probe before you are allowed to have that pill.
And then, two weeks later, the state government would like to make you come back for a second medically unnecessary, state-ordered vaginal probing after the first one.
Go ahead and imagine that job. Go ahead and imagine the person whose job it’s gonna be to try to do that, to try to convince Indiana women to come back in for a second medically unnecessary vaginal probe ultrasound.
“Hi, it’s Ann from the clinic. The governor insists that you come back in and get probed again. No, no, no, it’s not your doctor that wants it, it’s the governor. Do you know Governor Mike Pence?”
How about it, Mike Pence, do you want to be the new Governor Ultrasound when Bob McDonnell retires the title, this time 100% more unwanted more vaginal probing?
The Left’s willful ignorance is sometimes staggering.