Doesn't Virginia's abortion law violate the new Federal definition of rape? [View all]
“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.” link
This week, the Virginia state Legislature passed a bill that would require women to have an ultrasound before they may have an abortion. Because the great majority of abortions occur during the first 12 weeks, that means most women will be forced to have a transvaginal procedure, in which a probe is inserted into the vagina, and then moved around until an ultrasound image is produced...
(T)he law provides that women seeking an abortion in Virginia will be forcibly penetrated for no medical reason...Requiring a doctor to commit such an act, especially when medically unnecessary, and to submit to an arbitrary waiting period, is to demand an abrogation of medical ethics, if not common decency...
Does the Virginia abortion law involve:
A body part or object? The transvaginal probe definitely qualifies as an object.
The consent of the victim? Not only is the victim's consent not required, the doctor's consent isn't, either!
That means Virginia's abortion law is automatically and totally unconstitutional on its face -- if you'll pardon the expression...