Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell Signs Pro-Life Ultrasound Requirement Into Law
Governor insists that legislation can help the mother make a fully informed decision'
Courageous Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell signed into law a bill requiring Virginia women to undergo an ultrasound procedure prior to having an abortion in order to be fully informed about the procedure, its serious health risks,and its undeniable result, the taking of the life of an innocent child.
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, disregarding protests from some opponents of the Right to Life and the right to fully informed consent signed into law a controversial bill requiring Virginia women to undergo an ultrasound procedure prior to having an abortion.
The measure stirred some national debate over a provision that might have required some women to undergo transvaginal ultrasounds. Opponents denounced that procedure as medically unnecessary and physically invasive.
Governor McDonnell is Pro-Life. He recognizes the fundamental human right of the other person involved in every procured abortion, the child, who is always killed by the act.He also saw the danger of a misinterpretation of the well intended provision, which was fed by the opponents. So, he had the mandatory aspect of that part of the legislation stripped out.
The Virginia House of Delegates passed a revised version last week that allows women to "reject" a transvaginal ultrasound and to opt for an abdominal ultrasound. Such a procedure is regularly used these days as "baby's first picture." It shows the objective and scientific truth. That child in the womb is a human person, one of us, and every procured abortion takes his or her life.
McDonnell restated his support for the bill, which he says will provide additional information that "can help the mother make a fully informed decision" about having an abortion."This bill does not legally alter a woman's ability to make a choice regarding her pregnancy," the statement said.
He continued, "It does, however, put Virginia in line with 23 other states that have some type of requirement that a woman be offered a view of an ultrasound before an abortion can be performed."
He is correct. The trend is unmistakeable. It reflects the growing recognition of the truth concerning abortion, its risks and its true consequences.
Every major surgical procedure now requires a fully informed consent. Why? Among other reasons, for the safety of the patient. As a nation we believe, as a matter of public policy, that everyone has a right to know not only the risks involved in major surgery but the alternatives! That is, every major surgery except abortion.It has become untouchable, a kind of "super right".
The bill is set to go into effect on July 1. Virginia will become the eighth state to require medical providers to administer ultrasounds for women before performing abortions. In the state of Texas, the provider must also display and describe the image of the ultrasound with an explanation about the child and her growth.
Some Virginia Democrats who oppose the fundamental human right to life of the child in the womb harshly denounced McDonnell for signing the bill. They have urged opponents of the legislation to contribute to the Democratic Party as a means of fighting back against his actions.
They postured their opposition to the fundamental human right to life of the child - as well as their objection to fully informing the mother of the risks of major surgery - in the rheotic of "abortion rights", trying to make it sound noble. The fact is very major surgical procedure - beside abortion - now requires a fully informed consent.The implications are obvious, abortion gets a pass. It has become some new "ultra-right" in the contemporary culture.
These opponenets of the Rights of the Child and mother offered their comments: "The overwhelming public response to the radical agenda that Republican extremists in Richmond and in Washington are trying to force on American families has left many right-wing politicians looking for a way to dodge accountability for their actions -- until they can find away to change the subject,"
The Chairman of the Virginia Democratic Party Brian Moran is trying to raise money off of the issue saying in a fundriser, "Will you contribute $20, $50 or $100 to the Democratic Party of Virginia today and help us hold them accountable?"
One of the leading organization which opposes the Fundamental Right to Life - and deceptively calls itself a "women health's organization" - NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, accused Governor McDonnell of facilitating "an unprecedented invasion of privacy and government intrusion into the doctors' offices and living rooms of Virginia women." Fortunatley, he was not intimidated.
The measure has elicited strong reactions from both the Right to Life and the Anti-Right to Life camps. Some trivialize this entire discussion as a matter of "right" versus "left", or "conservative" versus "liberal". Even some in the Catholic and broader Christian Press. They are ill informed. It is a truly a struggle between reporting the truth or reporting the lies. Catholic Online will not use the language of those who oppose the Natural Law Right to Life in our reporting. We will not pass on their subterfuge and sophistry by using their loaded language.
Many Democrats - and Republicans - who oppose the Right to Life - and want to allow the killing of children in the womb at any time and for any reason - decried the bill as an "invasion of privacy" aimed at shaming women out of having abortions. However Pro-Life Democrats and Pro-Life Republicans heralded it as a way to provide women with as much information as possible about their pregnancies prior to choosing to have an abortion or to save the life of the child.
"This law is a victory for women and their unborn children. We thank Gov. McDonnell and Virginia's pro-life legislators for their work to ensure that women have all the facts and will no longer be kept in the dark about their pregnancies," Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said in a statement.
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