Because this came up in our discussion in class on Monday, here’s some clarification. Last month, Indiana passed a bill through the state Senate that requires women to undergo two trans-vaginal ultrasounds in order to receive a medication-induced abortion.
Please Note: a “medication-induced abortion” does not involve a medication called Plan B (the generic version is called Next Choice). Plan B does not abort a pregnancy but can be purchased over the counter (with ID) and taken the morning after unprotected sex (e.g., if the condom broke or slipped off or you neglected to use a barrier method, etc.) Indiana’s trans-vaginal ultrasound rule targets women who might opt to receive a medication-induced abortion, which is delivered at the clinic and can be used to end early pregnancies, up to 10 weeks.
Now, in your Feminist Social Protest papers earlier this semester, some of you wrote about feminist groups who used humor as a way to combat discrimination. Here’s another prime example of that. Virginia has been another in a series of states trying to rollback access to reproductive rights by requiring medically unnecessary vaginal probing. Here, one woman lawmaker fights back.
VIRGINIA LAWMAKER ADDS ‘MALE ANAL EXAM’…TO NEW ABORTION LAW (RACHEL MADDOW)