A post from a doctor on transvaginal ultrasounds from John Scalzi’s Whatever entitled Where Is The Physician Outrage.
My concern is the piece and much of the commentary is overly focused on the transvaginal ultrasound. Here in Virginia, the uproar focused exclusively on that and the government magnanimously agreed, leaving us with mandatory ultrasounds.
Mandatory ultrasounds as requirements for abortion are traumatic and condescending regardless of the location of contact. This is not to take away from the well argued problems with a mandatory transvaginal ultrasound. It looks weird to me to say, but the rape part of this public policy is not the only problem with its intent. A mandatory external ultrasound is still psychological abuse.
That said, it is appalling that any legislator could argue and get enacted into law a mandate that a woman *must* have something inserted into her, that is not medically required, to “teach” her something about human life. Not being a woman and not having any experience with being pregnant, it’s my general impression that women ken the implications therein and require no “mandatory education”.
Ultrasounds are a great tool, transvaginal or external, to monitor the health of your baby. And it’s a great idea to talk with your doctor about it. A legislative branch making either a requirement for an abortion is not about medical need. It is a shaming. And it is awful.