• Petitioned Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell

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Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell

Veto bill that would mandate forced vaginal penetration

    1. Julia Lukomnik
    2. Petition by

      Julia Lukomnik

      Montevideo, Uruguay

Medically unnecessary, forced vaginal penetration has been green-lighted by the Virginia House and Senate as a mandatory step in the process of getting an abortion in the state. According to the federal government of the United States, this constitutes rape which is defined as: “the penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”

Regardless of personal views on abortion, both democrats and republicans, liberals and conservatives, should agree that rape is absolutely and in all cases wrong and that the government must not sanction - and in this case require - it. The proposed virginia law, by requiring transvaginal ultrasounds preformed by probes, disregards the fundamental truth that no one should ever be subjected to rape. Please stand with me in asking Governor Bob McDonnell to veto this illegal, inappropriate and harmful proposed law.

Mor information about the proposed law can be found here:

Wall Street Journal: http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2012/02/16/virginia-house-passes-bills-restricting-abortion/

Associated Press article available through ABC news: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/va-house-gop-muscles-abortio

Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/14/virginia-ultrasound-bill-republican-abortion-lifestyle-convenience_n_1276799.html

Contact Information For Governor McDonnell:

Phone: (804) 786 - 2211

Fax: (804) 371 - 6351

TTY/TDD (for the hearing impaired 1-800-282-1120 or 711

 

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    News

    1. Virginia removes required transvaginal ultrasound requirement

      Julia Lukomnik
      Petition Organizer

      On February 22nd governor Bob McDonnell asked the Virginia legislature to amend the required trans-vaginal ultrasound article of the bill. He suggested that the trans-vaginal ultrasound be replaced by a mandatory trans-abdominal ultrasound - which does not require penetration of the vagina - to determine the time of gestation of the fetus. In requiring the changes, he stated the following:

      “It is clear that in the majority of cases, a routine external, trans-abdominal ultrasound is sufficient to meet the bills I believe there is no need to direct by statute that further invasive ultrasound procedures be done. Mandating an invasive procedure in order to give informed consent is not a proper role for the state. No person should be directed to undergo an invasive procedure by the state, without their consent"

      The bill is still being reformed, but it is certain that the version which the Governor signs will not include required trans-vaginal ultrasounds.

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    • Lois Hawkey WALDEN, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      outrageous...how about all you men out there..before ANY rx for viagra is prescribed,you MUST by law have a penis probe,and anal exam for every rx -every month ,you want your hard on pills...if god is done with your penis working..why are you all,you supposed christian men,going against god to get a hard pill??..chew on that

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    • Virginia Holmes NEW BERN, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      This is a disgusting form of rape, to inforce another person's belief into my Vagina, via a physicle object. This will be a catalyst to start another civil unrest in the USA. It is typical conservative election year crap, instead of bringing real viable solutions to repair our country, they make it about Religion and Roe vs wade.Prove yourself to be a real modern forward think man, and veto

      this!

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    • Elaine Martin RICHMOND, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      Republicans are supposed to be for smaller, less intrusive government. This assault on women's rights is a most egregious invasion of privacy and a case of government rather than doctors determining patient services.

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    • Kathy hanley NA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I have been raped & my daughter is a survivor of incest. I can't even imagine after that happening to have that ultra sound.

      How dare people say if you said yes to sex this is the same. Neither my daughter nor I said yes, neither did other rape or incest victims. I am stunned that this has gone to people for a vote instead of these men who think no what's best. I ask you what if your wife was raped or your child was raped by a family member, how would you feel about this the. Just imagine them being attacked their life's will never be the same & you want to add Insult to injury... How dare you.....

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    • Michael Lee LEVITTOWN, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      This is a very disturbing piece of legislation and is overwhelmingly not supported by the people of Virgina. It's a step backward in time to the dark ages. Would the politicians supporting this legislation subject their family members to this without consent?

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