Doonesbury equals ultrasound with rape. A Limerick.


  1. Posted March 13, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    I presume that he’s talking about a transvaginal ultrasound, no? With politicians mandating that doctors forcibly insert the transvaginal ultrasound into the woman’s vagina whether or not she wants it. In other words, rape.

  2. Posted March 13, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    No Doonesbury did not “equal” ultrasound with rape.

    It equated the use of an invasive medical procedure for the political purposes of discouraging women from having an abortion with rape.

    On that score Doonesbury is right on target.

  3. lenbilen
    Posted March 13, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    Most prenatal ultrasound procedures are performed topically, or on the surface of the skin, using a gel as a conductive medium to aid in the quality of the image. However, a transvaginal ultrasound is an alternative procedure performed using a tubular probe that is inserted into the vaginal canal. This method of ultrasound produces an image quality that is greatly enhanced, but it is not a common prenatal procedure. However, it may be used early in pregnancy to get a clearer view of the uterus or ovaries if a problem is suspected. It may also be used early in pregnancy to determine how far along you are in your pregnancy (gestational age).
    KENTUCKY: The Senate has approved a measure that would require a woman seeking abortion services to undergo an ultrasound prior to an abortion. The measure contains a provision that would require the ultrasound to be performed by the provider who performs the abortion. The woman would be offered the option of viewing the image and would have to listen to a detailed verbal description of it. The bill is awaiting action in the House.
    TEXAS: A US District Court judge allowed the state’s law requiring an ultrasound before an abortion to go into effect. A woman who lives within 100 miles of the abortion facility must obtain the ultrasound at least 24 hours before the abortion. The provider must give her a detailed verbal description of the image unless she was raped, has a court order waiving parental consent or is ending the pregnancy because of a fetal abnormality. The provider will also offer her the option of viewing the image and listening to the fetal heartbeat.
    VIRGINIA: The legislature approved a measure that would require a provider to perform an abdominal ultrasound before an abortion. If the ultrasound cannot determine gestational age, the provider must offer the woman the opportunity, which she can refuse, to receive a vaginal ultrasound.

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