Once again, dignity and respect for women in Virginia is under attack. The Virginia Senate feels that the legislators of Virginia know best when it comes to women’s health care and have passed what is in effect nothing but a punitive bill intent on shaming women who seek an abortion.
Governor McDonnell said he would sign the bill. The tone-deaf governor addressed, before even taking office, changing the governor’s one term restriction in Virginia. This move to insult and demean the women of Virginia won’t help his cause. His term can’t be up soon enough for the many outraged men and women in the Commonwealth.
WOMEN’S STRIKE FORCE PAC DENOUNCES VIRGINIA SENATE PASSAGE OF MANDATORY ULTRASOUND BILL
February 28, 2012
The Women’s Strike Force vehemently denounces today’s vote by the Virginia Senate to pass the mandatory, unnecessary ultrasound bill by a narrow vote of 21-19. Governor Bob McDonnell is expected to sign the bill into law. Former Virginia Delegate Kris Amundson laments that “Today is a very sad day for Virginia. By the narrowest possible vote, the Virginia Senate has passed legislation that will subject Virginia women to demeaning and medically unnecessary procedures.”
Republican women agree that the ultrasound bill deeply disrespects Virginia women. Katherine Wadell, Co-chair of the Women’s Strike Force and a lifelong independent Republican says that she is, “truly disappointed that my fellow Republicans have such little respect for Virginia women. For the first time, Virginia legislators voted to mandate a medical procedure and solely for the purpose of discouraging women from seeking an abortion.”
Wadell has been contacted by many Republican women who are enraged by the legislature’s passage of the ultrasound bill. She hopes that “more Republican women will join us in supporting and donating to the Women’s Strike Force to stop the assault on women’s reproductive rights.”
Leslie Byrne, the first woman elected to Congress in Virginia, notes that the “Ultrasound bill is about punishing women and driving up the cost of health care. It’s passage guarantees Virginia will be looked upon with continued disdain.”
Other Virginia leaders agree that the mandatory, unnecessary ultrasound bill will negatively impact Virginia’s national reputation. Former Delegate Margi Vanderhye notes that “The passage of the ultrasound bill today demeans and marginalizes everyone in Virginia – not just women, and demonstrates conclusively that this legislature in neither pro-family nor pro-business. The tone of this General Assembly session will long be remembered for excluding, punishing and disenfranchising people at a pace not seen in half a century in Virginia.”
Men are also fired up by today’s attack on reproductive rights. Women’s Strike Force leader Steven Cochran is “outraged and astonished that so many sons, husbands and brothers are ignoring the needs and rights of the women of the Commonwealth of Virginia. I find it reprehensible that members of the General Assembly are behaving in this manner. I hope other men who feel the same will join me in supporting the Women’s Strike Force.”
The PAC pledges to raise money to defeat the legislators who voted for the ultrasound bill. Spokeswoman Rebecca Geller comments that “Today more than ever, the Women’s Strike Force is critical to restoring respect to Virginia women. We will oust the legislators who attack our reproductive rights. We encourage activists around the country to join our coalition and donate money so that we can defeat these legislators The ongoing press coverage about the significance of this issue and our PAC’s role is critical to future change.” Former Delegate
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Amundson agrees that “legislation like this is why the Women’s Strike Force is so important.”
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