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What I Learned in Virginia Today

by: tlcasey

Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 10:31:41 AM EST

( - promoted by lowkell)

February 28, 2012

Early this morning, I learned that Governor McDonnell had ordered a SWAT Team to cover a Candlelight Vigil I attended the night before at the Governor's Mansion.  Riot police were hiding in the bushes, while my two small children and I sang, "This Little Light of Mine."

In the mid-morning, I learned that compassion and logic do not have to be mutually exclusive, when a Virginia Senate Finance Committee quashed a House bill that would have cut funding to low-income women seeking abortions when a physician had certified a gross abnormality and malformity in their pregnancy.

In the afternoon, however, I learned that, as a woman, I do not have the capacity to make an informed decision without my physician performing what is deemed to be an unnecessary medical procedure.  

I learned that 21 Virginia Senators are better equipped and trained to prescribe medical procedures than treating physicians.  I also learned that 21 Virginia Senators can mandate a medical procedure on a woman even when the medical community deems the procedure medically unnecessary.

tlcasey :: What I Learned in Virginia Today
I learned that 21 Virginia Senators may have the compassion to exempt victims of the historically underreported crimes rape or incest from this legislation, but they are without any true logic by requiring these victims to have reported the crime to the police to qualify for the exemption.

I learned that 21 Virginia Senators can mandate a medical procedure on a woman but refuse to require an insurance company to cover the procedure.  I also learned that 21 Virginia Senators can mandate a medical procedure but refuse to pay for the procedure if a woman cannot afford it.

I learned that 21 Virginia Senators can mandate a medical procedure even when the procedure itself does not provide the information sought for "informed consent."

I learned that the flip phrases "jelly on the belly" and "abortion is a matter of lifestyle convenience," which I personally heard in the halls of my state legislature, translate to actual votes and platform positions of disengaged legislators.

I learned that the prophetic phrase of Orwellian logic, "Ignorance is Strength," came true in Virginia - not in 1984, but in 2012.

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I remain convinced that the suggested amendment (by Janet Howell) to that unnecessary medical procedure bill forced on women should be passed as stand-alone legislation. It would require a digital rectal exam and cardiac stress test by a doctor before any man could obtain a prescription for Viagara or Cialis, to allow men to have all "medically necessary" information they need before they undertake sexual activity. After all, ED could well be the result of a very serious disease (type 2 diabetes, prostate cancer, kidney disease, vascular disease, neurological diseases, etc.) If men object to the invasive nature of the rectal exam, we could amend the bill to require, instead, a medically unnecessary ultrasound of their backside, "jelly on the butt." Of course, the state would not pay for the procedure.

Oh, yes, and if the Republicans ever succeed in exempting birth control for women from insurance coverage, then we absolutely must allow those companies to refuse to pay for Viagara or Cialis. After all, some people believe that only God should be involved in whether men can perform the act that, after all, according to the "church" is meant for reproduction only! Any other reproductive act is just "a matter of lifestyle convenience."


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