Wednesday, March 7, 2012

House Democratic Caucus denounces McDonnell’s signing of ultrasound bill

Richmond –Two days after remarking that his legal team was reviewing the legislation, Gov. Bob McDonnell signed HB462 into law this afternoon. The bill, introduced by Del. Kathy Byron (R-Bedford), was the subject of national outcry for initially requiring women to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound prior to terminating a pregnancy.

“Gov. McDonnell said just this week that he wanted this session to be remembered for a focus on jobs, not divisive social issues,” remarked House Democratic Leader David Toscano (D-Charlottesville). “Signing HB462 into law once again focuses attention on what has become the theme of this session – legislative overreach on issues that most Virginians find to be too conservative to be embraced by our citizens.”

“This is a very sad day for Virginia women and their families,” stated Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax). “With the signature of HB462 by Gov. McDonnell, Virginia joins a very small list of states that mandate an expensive and at times unnecessary ultrasound procedure along with a waiting period for a woman exercising her right under the law. Public opinion was clearly against this legislation, and I am disappointed that the voices of so many were not heard today.”

“Virginians don’t want this bill, didn’t ask for it, and are strongly opposed to this most personal kind of government intrusion,” said House Democratic Caucus Chair Mark Sickles (D-Franconia). “The Governor’s political ambition and career-long disregard for a woman’s personal freedom are conveniently coinciding with his campaign to be Mitt Romney’s running mate.”

“By signing HB462, the Governor claims we will be giving valuable information to women in order for them to make a fully informed decision,” said Del. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond). “Yet he ignores the fact that a transabdominal ultrasound performed during the early weeks of pregnancy – when 90% of abortions are performed – shows absolutely nothing. With this decision, Gov. McDonnell is putting politics before medicine.”

“Gov. McDonnell believes that federal health care reform is ‘big government’ and that airport pat-downs are too invasive,” remarked Del. Kaye Kory (D-Fairfax). “I can’t think of a single bill passed this session that is more intrusive and contains more government meddling into private, personal decisions than a requirement to get an unnecessary medical procedure solely to satisfy a rigid social agenda.”

“Today as he signed this extreme legislation into law, Gov. McDonnell – who preaches the value of small government and implores his fellow Republicans to not be arrogant or overreach – stuns me,” remarked Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria). “This is a sad day for Virginia. Our women and men spoke loud and clear against government trespass into our bodies and physician’s offices. Now the Virginia Republicans’ extreme agenda is exposed for all to see – political ambition put before sound policy.”

After being amended by the Governor to remove transvaginal ultrasounds as a mandatory procedure and by the Senate to exclude victims of rape and incest who file a police report, the bill passed the Senate 21-19 and the House of Delegates 61-35.

 Lionell Spruill, Sr.@Del_LSpruill_Sr

Sorry that @GovernorVA signed HB462 into law. I will continue to stand, & work with the women of Virginia!

Charniele Herring@C_Herring

Unfortunate that @GovernorVA ignored the fact that VA’s #mandatoryultrasound bill #HB462 is fundamentally flawed & signed anyway #waronwomen

Scott Surovell@ssurovell

Gov. McD has signed the ultrasound bill into law – – A solid victory for ideological hypocrisy & sad day for VA’s women

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