Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Shame on You, State of Virginia with an addendum
When I lived in New York City many moons ago, I remember there was a news segment on the nightly news called "Shame on You." There was also a pretty racy soft-core porn show on network television at 11:00. I was grateful when it went off the air, if for nothing else than its outrageous tackiness. It was downright bad. The Shame on You segment was really funny, though -- produced on the fly and always featuring some loser who had tried to shirk the law or done some egregious deed.
The legislature of Virginia just passed a bill that would require all pregnant women seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound 24 hours before doing so, to ascertain the age of the fetus. The big Repubs who pushed this through (after backing off their requirement for a trans-vaginal sonogram) call it necessary for informed consent, because you know they do have the woman's best interest in mind and as of this moment, the law dictates freedom of choice. Republican Governor Bob McDonnell is expected to sign the bill into law.
I say, Shame on you, State of Virginia. Shame on you.
Addendum: I'm inspired by a couple of the comments, already, and I wonder whether you might contribute your ideas for intrusive medical procedures for unmarried men before they consider having sex with a woman. And yes, I realize this is a very complicated issue and yes, I realize that people are genuinely offended by and disagree with abortion morally, and yes, it's a free country and we're free to disagree, but no, I'm not mincing words when I say shame on all those who fight tooth and nail to dismantle freedoms afforded to women. My response will be bitter and scathing satire at best. At worst -- well -- I won't say it in public.