Law makers say that abortion is 'Lifestyle Convenience'

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Law makers say that abortion is 'Lifestyle Convenience'
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Tue, 02-14-2012 - 6:19pm

A top Republican legislative leader in Virginia described abortion as a "lifestyle convenience" during the floor debate on a controversial measure to require trans-vaginal ultrasounds before a woman can get an abortion.

State Del. C. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock) made the comment midday Tuesday as the House of Delegates took up consideration of the ultrasound bill. The bill -- which then passed the House 63 to 36 -- would require any woman seeking an abortion in the state to receive an ultrasound first. As an external ultrasound is not able to produce a necessary picture early in pregnancy, a trans-vaginal ultrasound would be needed to produce an image of the fetus.

While addressing the debate, Gilbert, the House's deputy majority leader, took to the floor to support the bill. The Shenandoah Valley lawmaker used his floor statement to describe most abortions as a "lifestyle convenience" for women. Witnesses said that Gilbert did not clarify which abortions he does not consider to be "lifestyle conveniences."

Within minutes of Gilbert's statement, two Democratic lawmakers -- Del. Mark Keam (D-Fairfax County) and Del. David Englin (D-Alexandria) -- both sent out the remarks on Twitter. Englin, who commented "Wow" in his Tweet about Gilbert's floor statement, said that Gilbert's exact words were "a matter of lifestyle convenience."

Gilbert has not returned a call from The Huffington Post for comment on his statement. Aides to Gilbert said the lawmaker was on the House floor and then in meetings off the floor following adjournment of today's session.

Debate on the bill ended shortly after Gilbert's statement, preventing Democratic lawmakers from responding. The bill's passage followed the state Senate's approval of a similar bill earlier this month. Virginia legislators are expected to pass final versions of the ultrasound bill before the legislative session ends in March. Lawmakers also passed the state's personhood bill today.

During the ultrasound bill debate, Englin offered an amendment requiring a woman's consent to the trans-vaginal ultrasound procedure, which was rejected by the Republican-controlled House.

Democrats have criticized Gilbert's floor statement, and Englin said that the statement is in line with previous Republican comments on the issue. He noted he had a conversation with one GOP lawmaker regarding his amendment where the lawmaker had told him that women had already made the decision to be "vaginally penetrated when they got pregnant."

"For him to be so dismissive of women to control their own reproductive decisions is shocking," Englin said. "This is not abortion as contraception this about women facing difficult circumstances. It is unfortunate that he used that language."

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) is expected to sign the ultrasound bill.

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Registered: 05-03-2011

"Democrats have criticized Gilbert's floor statement, and Englin said that the statement is in line with previous Republican comments on the issue. He noted he had a conversation with one GOP lawmaker regarding his amendment where the lawmaker had told him that women had already made the decision to be "vaginally penetrated when they got pregnant."

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Registered: 04-09-2011

Since Monsanto and company are so keen on reengineering our environment and so on, maybe we need to make it such that when a man impregnates a woman, his penis (must use proper English) swells over the following nine months until it's equivalent to a watermelon.

Then maybe it wouldn't be such a 'lifestyle convenience' to abort.

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Registered: 02-28-2008

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Registered: 05-03-2011
I'd also like to point out that with both of my pregnancies, I had innumerable ultrasounds, none of them transvaginal.
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Registered: 10-11-2005

WHAT A JERK, I liked to penetrated him with a ultrasound wand {I've had to have a vaginal US while I was on my period to see why I was bleeding so heavy & it hurt like a son of gun}

~~Sam stitches well with others, runs with scissors in her pocket. Cheerful and stupid.
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Registered: 11-10-2006
Wouldn't requiring a consent to have the ultrasound done actually defeat the purpose? I have had the vaginal ultrasound done more than once because that early on in pregnancy you can't view the fetus... And it doesn't hurt. The wand was smaller than a penis and smaller than that clamp thingamajig used during a pap. The whole "already penetrated" comment is hearsay.

 


 


 


iVillage Member
Registered: 02-28-2008

He said it deny it all you like.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-09-2011

Yes, hearsay, but this isn't a legal decision, it's a debate. Until the person interacts with refute any of them said it, it stands unchallenged.

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Registered: 08-06-2010

The way I see it, every human being owns his or her body.


Devorah
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Registered: 10-23-2001
But abortion isn't invasive and penetrating? Pot, kettle...

 


 


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