Alabama Didn’t Get The Memo That Everyone Hated The Virginia Ultrasound Bill
6:30 pm, February 27th | by Laura Donovan
In spite of the recent backlash against Virginia’s proposed ultrasound bill, which initially required women undergoing abortions to have ultrasounds, Scofield is pushing for Senate Bill 12, an invasive measure that would make women go through with an internal ultrasound and see the images.
According to Think Progress, a Senate committee voted last week 4-1 to pass the measure, which the state Senate is supposed to vote on sometime this week. The legislation would not force a woman to have the ultrasound if she needs an abortion to save her life, but sexual assault victims will not be exempt from viewing the photos. Scofield says he hopes that the ultrasound pictures will influence women not to abort their fetuses.
“So she sees that this is not just a clump of cells as she is told,” Scofield told Times Daily. “She will see the shape of the infant. And hopefully, she will choose to keep the child.”
It’s been less than a week since Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell withdrew his support from his state’s proposed transvaginal ultrasound law, so unless Scofield is ready to endure a similar nationwide roast and an inclusion on The Daily Show’s latest segment, “The Punanny State,” he might find himself backing down on this bill as well. Have fun, Scofield!