Several hundred women locked arms in a silent protest outside of the Virginia State Capitol on Monday to register their opposition to bills that would “define embryos as humans and criminalize their destruction, require ‘transvaginal’ ultrasounds of women seeking abortions, and cut state aid to poor women seeking abortions.” Protesters wore stickers reading, “Say No to State-Mandated Rape” and “Private Property: Keep Out.’’ Watch a local news segment about the event:
The so-called personhood measure passed the House on a vote of 66-32 and is pending before the Senate Education and Health Committee. The House and the Senate both adopted legislation forcing women to undergo the ultrasound with a wand-like device and Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) is expected to sign the measure. The bill has come to symbolize the ongoing attack against women’s reproductive health across America and was spoofed on NBC’s Saturday Night Live this weekend:
“A House of Delegates vote on a bill that would require women to undergo an ultrasound test before having an abortion was delayed until tomorrow after a short, contentious debate this afternoon,” the Virginian-Pilot reports.