Spring Is Here and the Transvaginal Probes Are in Bloom

As spring approaches, there seems to be an explosion not just in Virginia for state legislature-sponsored pre-abortion ultrasound laws. Differing by varying degrees of severity, trans-vaginal probing of women seeking abortions has been proposed by state legislatures in Ohio, Illinois and Pennsylvania.

You have to ask, why are we seeing such a rash of virulently anti-choice and anti-female legislation? There’s so much of it happening all at once… hmmm… you’d think it was a concerted effort. Actually, laws like these were first proposed in the mid 1990s. Now there are over twenty states requiring pre-abortion ultrasound. These states include Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

The intent is obvious: personify fetuses and dissuade women from having an abortion. By adding the procedure as requirement to an abortion, it makes the entire pursuit of an abortion far more expensive, thus more difficult to pursue. The law the Virginia legislature tried to pass last week was nothing new. This time, they were caught in the act by diligent bloggers and the press.

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About Fe Bongolan

Fe Bongolan is a writer, dramaturge and actor living in Berkeley, California. Along with her Planet Waves column "Fe-911," Fe performs with Cultural Odyssey's "The Medea Project -- Theater for Incarcerated Women," which produces work empowering the voices of incarcerated women, ex-offenders, women with HIV-AIDS and young girls. A long-time Planet Waves fan and an employee in the public sector off and on for 30 years, she describes herself a "mystical public servant." When it comes to politics, she loves reading between the lines.
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5 Responses to Spring Is Here and the Transvaginal Probes Are in Bloom

  1. firegirl says:

    drone-fucked. exactly.
    great article, thanks Fe.

  2. mystes mystes says:

    Aword… the news on non-physicians being able to extract reproductive material is fantastic! This helps redefine the whole issue, as it reveals the procedure to be a simple act of elimination. That *is* progress!

  3. Fe Bongolan says:


    THANKS for the news from the LA Times. That’s the way to do it. We need to continue striking back.

  4. awordedgewise awordedgewise says:

    I’ll take the opp to share another from my evening browsing as well:


    “Women And Collective Intelligence Will Solve Our Planetary Crises”

    WRITTEN BY: Jean Brittingham

    “Per Professor Malone, the first thing to note is that group intelligence is not equal to the collective intelligence of the individuals in the group. So if it’s not individual intelligence, what make groups smarter and therefore better at innovation?
    Three consistent factors:
    • The average social perceptiveness of the group members
    • The evenness of conversational participation
    • The proportion of women in the group”

  5. awordedgewise awordedgewise says:

    Thanks for keeping on it, Fe.

    Some uplifting news:

    “Bill would allow non-doctors to perform abortions in California
    February 28, 2012 |  2:03 pm”


    “A state senator is proposing to significantly expand access to abortion in California by allowing licensed nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurse midwives to perform nonsurgical versions of the procedure in the first trimester of pregnancy.”

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