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The Right's War on Women really has become focused. It's not just a general war on the gender, with trivial things like equal pay for equal work. No, it's now reduced down the core. It's all about your vagina.

For example, see CNN's latest monster, Breitbart protege Dana Loesch. Commenting on the proposed Virginia law that would require women seeking abortions be forced to undergo vaginal penetration by an ultrasound-wand wielding health care professional, Loesch says that once a woman has had sex, consensual or not, she's given up all say on what happens down there.

OESCH: That’s the big thing that progressives are trying to say, that it’s rape and so on and so forth. [...] There were individuals saying, “Oh what about the Virginia rape? The rapes that, the forced rapes of women who are pregnant?” What? Wait a minute, they had no problem having similar to a trans-vaginal procedure when they engaged in the act that resulted in their pregnancy.
Sorry non-virgins, all your vaginas belong to the state now. Hell, with this reasoning, if you've used a tampon you've pretty much given up control. It's not just soulless, attention seeking gasbags saying so, it's the state. Here's what one Virginia lawmaker said about the bill, as reported by Dahlia Lithwick.
During the floor debate on Tuesday, Del. C. Todd Gilbert announced that “in the vast majority of these cases, these [abortions] are matters of lifestyle convenience.” (He has since apologized.) Virginia Democrat Del. David Englin, who opposes the bill, has said Gilbert’s statement “is in line with previous Republican comments on the issue,” recalling one conversation with a GOP lawmaker who told him that women had already made the decision to be "vaginally penetrated when they got pregnant." [...]
There you go, women of America. If you've ever had sex, your vagina is fair game. You don't get to say what happens to it now.

Can't imagine why that's such an unpopular idea in Virginia. It's so unpopular, in fact, that the House has decided to put off consideration of it, at least for today.

(Do not miss Clytemnestra's diary on this one.)

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 12:48 PM PST.

Also republished by Pro Choice, Rape and Domestic Violence, Virginia Kos, Abortion, and Daily Kos.

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