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State Senator Coleman on Alabama's Mandated Ultrasound Bill: "It's Rape"

Written by Andy Kopsa for RH Reality Check. This diary is cross-posted; commenters wishing to engage directly with the author should do so at the original post.
This article was updated at 5:15 p.m., Monday, February 27th to include information on a phone call placed to Preferred Medical Services, which could notconfirm the claim made by Senator Reed that his company "does not sell equipment to abortion providers."
The Alabama legislature is considering a mandated vaginal ultrasound bill in an attempt to restrict safe abortion care, or as State Senator Linda Coleman (D - Jefferson) says "a state-sanctioned rape bill." The bill explicitly includes mandated trans-vaginal ultrasound. In an interview today with RH Reality Check Coleman said, "you can't tell me forcing a probe into a woman's vagina against her consent is anything but rape. You can put icing on it, dress it up, but this is the forced penetration of a woman's vagina without her consent." Coleman was outraged over the introduction of the bill. Now that it has passed out of committee it moves to the full floor for debate and vote, "This is the most important thing we are dealing with in Alabama, regulating a woman's vagina? As a woman I am outraged." Coleman was the sole dissenting voice during during the Senate Health Committee's debate over SB 12. Coleman said SB 12 needs more media heat and light, "the best thing to happen to this bill is the media got ahold of it." A Facebook page against SB12 has popped up and already has over 1,000 group members. Senator Coleman said that there has been no public hearing on this bill.  (Anyone living in Alabama can demand a public hearing by calling or emailing their Senator or Representative, or you can click here to contact the Senate leadership). She feels this is because the Alabama GOP has a clear anti-choice agenda and she anticipates SB 12 to pass through the senate and subsequently the house like "a knife through butter." Citing the unforseen problems with Alabama's anti-immigration law as a prologue on government overreach, Coleman believes the state-sanctioned rape bill could likewise cause unintended consequences. Continue reading....