UPDATED: Scott Walker signs transvaginal ultrasound bill on holiday weekend so you won’t notice

Earlier today Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed into law a bill requiring women who want to get an abortion to undergo an invasive transvaginal ultrasound.

No doubt Gov. Walker chose today to sign the bill into law because he’s hoping folks won’t notice that he signed it, given that it’s a holiday weekend. After all, while a bill requiring women to undergo state-mandated transvaginal ultrasounds prior to an abortion may play well with the anti-choice crowd, I can’t see it playing well with moderates, the vast majority of women, and any who dislikes invasive government.

The law — signed Friday by Walker in a private ceremony — would cut the number of clinics offering abortions in Wisconsin from four to two, and one of the remaining clinics will have to dramatically cut the number of abortions it provides, according to the operators of the clinics. The law is to take effect Monday.

“When women don’t have access to safe, legal abortions, there are health consequences and women die,” said Teri Huyck, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.

Backers of the law, which also requires women seeking abortions to get ultrasounds, said they were not worried about the lawsuit.

What I’m wondering is how Scott Walker and his supporters can reconcile their desire for smaller, less intrusive government will a bill that will mandate the ultimate in government intrusion into citizens’ lives – no to mention their bodies.

UPDATE: Shortly after Gov. Walker signed his anti-choice bill into law, the ACLU of Wisconsin filed a lawsuit challenging the law, citing the fact that the law places medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion providers that would severely restrict women’s access to safe and legal abortion in a state where access is already heavily restricted. There are only four health centers in Wisconsin providing safe and legal abortion services, and two of those centers could be forced to close as a result of Walker’s law.


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8 thoughts on “UPDATED: Scott Walker signs transvaginal ultrasound bill on holiday weekend so you won’t notice

  1. It is just one more Republican perversion at the state level of the “Vagina Monologues.”

    And in fact, aren’t Walker and his GOP legislature practicing medicine without a license?

  2. In yesterday’s Monologues of Dissent we are advised that SB-206 is a violation of the UN”s “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” I suggest you take a read. Articles 12 and 25 apply in my opinion to Walker’s and the GOP legislature’s rape of women’s rights.


      1. First part – no, Wisconsin is not bound by some UN declaration. We are bound by the constitution of our state and the constitution of the United States of America. Not about to care about violating anything else. Some SCOTUS justices like Ginsburg suggest they should take into consideration international law and such declarations, but for that I say she should be impeached! (http://www.examiner.com/article/supreme-court-justice-s-inconsistency-on-international-law)

        Secondly, I am for a woman’s right to do just about anything, as long as it doesn’t harm another human life.

  3. Today, I received an e-mail reply from Governor Walker commending me for “…participating in your state government.”

    I had suggested to Walker that “by signing SB-206 in secret you are a COWARD afraid to face the citizens of Wisconsin especially women.”

    1. Whaddya mean our fair Guv is a “coward”, Duane? I thought he was “Unintimidated” by his opponents.

      This guy’s a paper tiger with no real convictions other than ” What’s in it for me?” Time for him to be met with a few Trans-vag wands wherever he goes.

    2. Please explain how the law was signed in secret. Please remember when formulating your answer that Obamacare was passed on Christmas Eve. Were they also cowards or are you all just a bunch of tired hypocrites?

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