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A "Kerfluffle" Over Forced Ultrasound? An Open Letter to Governor McDonnell

Written by Tara Casey for RH Reality Check. This diary is cross-posted; commenters wishing to engage directly with the author should do so at the original post.

As a Virginia citizen, and especially as a woman and a mother of a daughter, I have voiced my opposition to the mandatory ultrasound bill. Although I participated in the public protests to this legislation, I also sought to engage legislators and other constituents in discussions tempered with mutual respect and moderate voice. When the Virginia Senate passed this bill, I expressed my profound disappointment in what I viewed as the misguided failure of our legislative process. Nevertheless, I strove to maintain an open dialogue, free of platitudes and presumptions.

This evening, I learned that my Governor does not hold to the same rules in this debate.

Last Friday, Governor McDonnell sat down with National Review Online’s Jim Geraghty to discuss “the kerfuffle over the ultrasound bill.” I recommendthis piece to every Virginian to read as the Governor has used this platform to express his perspective.

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